The Coronavirus - What can employers do to protect their workers?
by Jamie PritchardFebruary 14, 2020
As the news floods our lives with stories of the newly named COVID-19 virus, some fact and some possible fake news is being spread. Employers are searching for answers to ease the minds of their employees and ensure their work places are kept safe.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) advises that there is no evidence of widespread transmission of COVID-19 in North America at this time. Without sustained human-to-human transmission, most North American workers are not at significant risk of infection.
Not to belittle or take lightly this virus, but it should be noted that in comparison, the CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.
Which workplaces and situations have elevated risks for coronavirus?
Require employees to notify you if they are infected or exposed.
Employees should stay home when they are sick. Monitor for fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Seek medical attention immediately if they may have been exposed.
Cover your cough or sneeze with you arm or use a tissue then discard the tissue properly.
Collaborate with your temp and contractor firms to do the same.
Develop or update an infectious disease outbreak response plan (check WHO and CDC sites for more info), which details how you will deal with exposed workers and infected workers and contaminated workplaces.
Avoid discrimination. Apply policies consistently to all employees, and avoid implementation of policies that discriminate against individuals within a protected class. For instance, ask all employees who travel (not just those of certain races or national origins) about recent travel locations.
Roxton Industries official statement on COVID-19 can be found at the link below:
With the mass amounts of misinformation being spread about COVID-19, please, do not believe just anything you read. Check the source to ensure their credibility, where the information is coming from, and do further research. The WHO and CDC are the best places to gather factual information. This is where Roxton Industries gets their constantly updated information, along with reputable and credible news sources. Follow the link below to read where we got our information from!