In this prevailing critical situation, there are a few words we hear almost every day
# lock, # work from home # work from a distance, # cleanliness, # stop etc.
The case of the corona was very intense and its complexity is increasing day by day. Several precautionary measures are planned and implemented by healthcare and other official services.
This practice has also been applied by employers in the organization. Most of the offices in many countries have given their employees work from home, so that their current work is not hindered in any way. It is the responsibility of employers to provide their employees with a clean and healthy workplace environment and most of the organization does it well.
But as the current spread of corona has become so intense and acute that employers had to be offered the best possible solutions to keep them safe. Here the employer must also think about the loss he has to cover.
In addition, in addition to providing remote employment to employees, it is also important to provide them with a few basic things required for the job, as well as regular guidance and monitoring of their work performance.
If the fear of corona continues in the same way, then there are many other things that employers need to know.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a deadly virus that has become the biggest threat to humans these days. This is the first time such a virus has been detected and the drug is still being investigated by scientists and doctors.
The first case of corona was reported The WUHAN city of KINA on December 31, 2019. According to a study, it was revealed that this the virus spread from animals (snake and bats) for human beings and the main reason for how it happened is still unknown.
Coronavirus is definitely contagious and the only way to prevent it is to isolate the patient who has been infected with the virus and report it immediately to the medical team. In addition, taking precautionary measures by staying at home and maintaining cleanliness are some of the things that can help prevent this harmful virus.
According World Health Organization (WHO), a report released on 16 March. He said about 175,000 confirmed cases had been reported and that the death toll was more than 7,000 worldwide.
Many countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, etc. ask the public to stay home and close all companies, educational institutions, shopping malls, etc. In addition, there are several countries that have instructed all IT companies to allow their employees to work from home and made a complete lock status to prevent the spread of corona.
The public health department has also informed people to stay home and get in touch with medical teams even if they have any minor health problems listed below. Some of them are the symptoms of people who have been infected with coronavirus
- Influenza or cold
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- High temperature
- Breathing difficulty
What are the duties of employers to protect employees from the corona:
The horror of the corona increases rapidly day by day and the conditions become frightening. It cannot be denied that we have reached a state of powerlessness even in this technologically advanced age.
As it is not possible to treat the effects of corona, its protection by taking precautionary measures is the only solution left to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. There are many official sources that provide measurements according to their research and the numbers change every day.
Many government officials, scientists and doctors are working hard to raise awareness about how to reduce this spread of corona and how they can be safe. Moerover in such critical conditions there are many myths, rumors circulating about this virus. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the people to trust only the official instructions and not to spread false news.
Business is one area that has suffered the most. And the only way to continue their services is to provide employees with work from home options. But as an employer, their work does not end there. In the early stages, employees faced difficult situations such as not having the necessary safety measures in the workplace.
Although this work from home or from afar works as an advantage for employees, but from the point of view of employers they must ensure that their employees must work effectively and provide better results.
Employee safety and security is the responsibility of the employer and they must make every effort to make the workplace a better place to work. Either during this critical horror of corona or in general the health and safety of employees should be the main concern for all employers.
Now as the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19 increases, as the employer must take extreme measures to save its employees and reduce its spread.
Federal law requirements:
According to the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), the most important provisions are Section 5 (a) (1), also known as “General clause of duties“It simply came to our notice then.
«It must provide each of its employees with a job that is free from recognized risks that may or may cause death or serious bodily harm to its employees.“
The aforementioned law concerns the safety of workers in the workplace, but unfortunately no such conditions have been set for the fight against this deadly virus, namely COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 .
Now that the situation is turbulent and complicated, new rules have been introduced by OSHA. It is mainly the rules and advice on what employers need to do to protect their employees in the workplace.
Coronavirus-related OSHA instructions:
The guidelines issued by OSHA help employees better understand what employers can expect as a safety measure. Although most organizations follow good safety precautions, these guidelines are primarily to protect their employees from this coronavirus attack.
Now in a general note, everyone should keep some cleaning tips, such as while coughing using a handkerchief or tissue, washing regularly with soap and water, etc. All of these basic tips can also help prevent a coronavirus attack.
The instructions are presented in 2 sections. Let’s start with the first
- In the first section, 4 types of workplace implementations are discussed
- Mechanical inspection
- Administrative control
- Practices of safe work
- The means of personal protection
Mechanical inspections deals mainly with practical ways to keep the employee away from workplace hazards. An example of this would be to use better air filtration or to use separate office space or cabins.
Administrative checks deals with changing employee behavior to reduce risk. An example of this would be to stay away from work, to be isolated at home, to keep the distance between employees and avoid long-distance travel.
Safe work practices It is also a control measure that deals with employees’ policies and procedures. An example is the provision of disinfectant hands and other products that clean their respective workplaces.
Personal protective equipment (MAP) deals with providing additional care to protect their employees. An example is the version of a face mask, gloves, breathing apparatus, etc.
Now the equipment provided on the basis of MAP depends on the complexity of the situation faced by workers in the workplace. It’s just an extra measure to keep them safe from any kind of health risk.
2. The second section discussed in the recently published OSHA guidelines is the differentiation of employee risk when exposed to corona.
Here are 4 levels listed and have the following
- Too high
- Low risk
Very high risk occurs when the employee comes in close contact with sources that may affect you with coronavirus. The risk level is very high in this case. An example in this case is a doctor who must not only treat the employee, but must also be very close to him.
High Risk is the case in which an employee comes in contact with a person who has been infected with a corona or a person who carries the corona. The chances of the virus spreading from this person are probably lower than the first category.
Medium is the level of risk when an employee comes in contact with someone who has been infected with coronavirus. Here the spread of the virus is much lower compared to previous levels.
Low risk exposure is where employees come in contact with the general public.
In general, most employees are at low and medium level of risk, so the employer does not need to be extra. Employers just need to train them to maintain the usual cleaning habits that can prevent them from any kind of virus attack.
When high-risk employees are present at work, then they must be provided with PPE equipment so that the spread of the virus can be reduced. They must also send home or report to the medical team.
As mentioned earlier, most organizations do not have to enforce the rules, as most organizations have closed their workplaces and given their employees the option to work from home. This is the best way to overcome this health risk, as this step not only protects their employees, but also ensures that their business works well without obstacles.
Tips for protecting your employees:
As an employer, it is your primary responsibility to protect the health of your employees in the workplace and to prevent the spread of corona at work.
Some of the things employers should follow:
- Create a new occupational health policy (specifically defined for COVID-19)
- Train the employee for the symptoms of coronavirus
- Mention emergency contact numbers
- Update all preventive steps planned to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at work
A few vital and necessary steps:
- Help your employees act smart and practical
- Make sure your employee washes his hands with warm soapy water regularly at work
- Provide several hand sanitizers at work
- Care for the elderly or people who already have health problems
- Provide work from home options
- Keep the workplace clean
- Offering all the necessary requirements for employees working remotely
- Train employees on what to do if you notice symptoms
- Cancel all business meetings or interviews that require travel
What should you do if an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19?
The first thing to do when you find an employee with symptoms is to inform the medical team.
- Help him use the necessary medical help
- Allow them to receive sick leave in accordance with the company’s health policy
- Employees must receive a legal SSA fee
- Make arrangements to let him go home
These are the immediate steps an employer must take in case employees are diagnosed with coronavirus or COVID-19.
Today, as the spread of coranoia is high and chronic, extreme measures must be taken to prevent the spread of corona or COVID-19 in the workplace.
Steps that employers must follow:
If you find that the employee has been diagnosed with an illness at work as an employer, these things need to be done.
- First make sure that the workplace leaves as soon as possible
- Give him the necessary medical help
- Be sure to clean the work area and its chamber
- Do not allow them to interfere with other employees
- Isolate them completely
- Advise them not to touch anything
- A separate workstation must be provided for them
- Allow other employees hand and paper disinfectants
- The sick person should also be provided with separate disinfectants and tissues
- If the person has been ill for continuous days, then the official medical team must be notified
- Measures must be taken to diagnose workers immediately
- Make sure their office health insurance covers all expenses.
Effects of Coronavirus on Employers:
It is a well-known fact that coronavirus or COVID-19 has affected all businesses worldwide. The fear of coronavirus has affected employers in such a way that they had to impose a few precautionary measures to protect their business as well as employees.
Although the government has imposed a locking system, this does not mean that they should close their business completely.
By providing work from home options to employees and taking some precautionary measures that can effectively survive this corona fear. If a business in such a critical situation operates successfully, then the credit goes not only to the employees but also to their efficient employers who are able to manage everything well.