Workplace safety has always been important. But when COVID-19 restrictions began, employers had to focus even more on keeping workers safe. As businesses begin to reopen, the focus on workplace safety during a pandemic is still important. We can refer to the OSHA guidelines to see how critical it is.
By this point, we all know what COVID-19 is, whether you call it COVID or coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2. We have seen the death rates and may even know someone who has tested positive. Many people will have mild symptoms, but it is still best to avoid exposure if at all possible.
It’s challenging to discuss workplace safety in broad terms. Some jobs are at a higher risk of exposure than others. However, using OSHA guidance, we can get a good picture of how employers and business owners should be protecting their workers and customers.
It could all start with a plan. Your company has other plans for emergencies, so why not create a plan that includes pandemic-related information. Protocols can be tailored to your particular industry.
Here are some ways that might help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and improve workplace safety:
Encourage employees to self-monitor, but also train supervisors to notice signs of COVID-19 infection. If you suspect a worker is ill, move them to an isolated room as soon as possible. Limit or restrict contact with other employees. Also, advise anyone who has worked with the infected employee to get tested or self-quarantine.
Sometimes just getting employees out of the office can help stop the spread of the disease. Telecommuting has become common, with technology helping ease the transition. Many meetings can be held through online platforms like Zoom instead of gathering together in-person in a conference room.
Companies need to be extra aware of employee concerns about:
Some companies may not be in a position to eliminate the risk of exposure completely. OSHA suggests using the following control methods to ensure workplace safety during a pandemic:
OSHA already promotes workplace safety. Business owners and employers can continue complying with current regulations as they learn to implement newer guidelines.
Some workers might be injured because their employer did not follow OSHA guidelines. If so, you might have a workers’ compensation claim.
The process for filing and receiving approval of workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania is complicated. Claimants are required to provide a long list of information in the form of medical records and other necessary documentation. This information must be collected, organized, and presented within certain procedures and deadlines. Powell Law has represented injured workers for 115 years and has a distinguished reputation throughout northeastern Pennsylvania for adhering to the highest standards in serving those injured on the job. Contact Powell Law at (570) 961-0777. The consultation is FREE, and you don’t pay unless we win!