Mumbai, May 23 2020: As the return to the ‘new normal’ workplace after the lockdown, starts for many organisations International SOS highlights the steps for returning to WORKSAFE operations.
It is also becoming evident that court cases may ensue if businesses do not implement the correct mitigation measures.
says Neeraj Balani, Managing Director at International SOS, India: “The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a lethal and wide-reaching public health crisis our country has faced in a long time. Direct and indirect impacts of the global pandemic on business operations in India for all industries and sectors have been extensive.Businesses are facing unprecedented challenges on multiple fronts. While trying to ensure the sustainability of their business operations, organizations are looking for ways to protect their employees and guarantee their safety and wellbeing throughout return to work. Failure to do so may affect the sustainable return to operations and might also result in backlash and legal prosecutions as well.”
Steps for returning to WORKSAFE operations.
Workspace environment: consider screening, zoning, barriers, cleaning protocols, ventilation, access, and the provision of PPE & IT equipment where needed.
Operations: isolation, essential hygiene, health and medical measures; health questionnaires and providing physical and mental health support.
Regulations: policies monitored, in line with Government regulations and ensuring medical needs are fully covered including Occupational Health and Safety and travel.
Knowledge: understanding of the latest quarantine and transport requirements and medical certificates. Ability to do contact tracing and quarantining in a timely manner. Privacy considerations are also a must.
Social distancing; limiting numbers to the workplace, space planning, staggering working hours and days, including A/B team shifts, continued flexible and remote working.
Alert: setup automated methods to be alerted to emerging threats: new local clusters, second waves, and changing security risks e.g. civil unrest
Fortify: establish partnerships with apolitical infectious disease experts, providing accurate and timely advice
Empowering employees: communication and training is key to deliver new workplace arrangements and policies. Engaging leadership and role modelling are critical. Effective complaint practices.
The International SOS Group of Companies is in the business of saving lives, protecting your global workforce from health and security threats.