Managing the risk of workplace transmission of COVID-19 is ‘Safety 101’. Just as we look at a forklift and know it has the potential to seriously injure or kill, so does this hazard we can’t see – COVID-19. In this article published in Australasian Transport News Business As Usual With COVID-19 Denise looks at the implications of worker contracting the virus and being at work. This has now happened a number of times and we know the impact this has on a business. Most often full or partial shut down for deep cleaning. Then other disruptions while the outbreak investigation team trace contacts and identify staff that will need the 14 day quarantine period.
Denise gives advice on risk management principles in identifying hotspots and implementing risk control. There is a lot of emphasis on behaviour change with physical distancing, hand washing, hygiene and people doing the right thing. There are other ways to help prevent COVID-19 at work, with strict cleaning protocols and temperature checking. Whilst this is not always considered to be an accurate indicator of the infection, if someone presents with a temperature, they could be unwell and regardless of the illness, it may be transmitted to others.
We are again proud to be published in the ATN Daily News and hope our article provides valuable and timely advice that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 through workplace transmission and help business continuity in these challenging times.