The Importance of Covid19 Safety Plan and Why an Engineering and Construction Firm Must Be Covid19 Safe

14 December 2020

While a lot of pharmaceutical companies are now gearing up towards the conclusion of their clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines, firms and businesses are still obligated and required to follow safety precautions just to effectively mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19 on their workplaces. Engineering and constructions firms are among those businesses that must be COVID-19 safe all the time. 

As they face clients and go to project sites almost every day, these types of firms must ensure that their work will remain safe throughout the project. Additionally, firms, especially their owners or managers, must make sure that a COVID-19 safety plan is already in place and have been finalised.

Importance of Being COVID-19 Safe

Since COVID-19 can bring different effects from one person to another, ensuring that the virus will not infiltrate a workplace is significantly important. The workplaces of engineering and construction firms must be COVID-19 safe so they can minimise the risk of transmission among employees and clients. Additionally, a COVID-19 safe environment allows them to still perform and operate amidst these trying times. The risk of closing the business temporarily or even indefinitely can be prevented as long as the workplace of the firms will be free from COVID-19 transmission and outbreak. 

All these reasons make a COVID-19 safety plan important for these firms as well as other businesses.

Key Parts of a COVID-19 Safety Plan

For engineering and construction firms, a COVID-19 safety plan can help them provide vital information to employees, prepare for any possible virus-related risks and outbreaks, and ultimately prevent the infiltration of COVID-19 to workplaces and among employees and clients. 

  • Clear Communication: Firms must inform workers about the general COVID-19 health advice, the places they can get tested, and the requirements about physical distancing and personal hygiene that would prevent them from getting sick. They must also provide training sessions that cover correct usage and disposal of personal protective equipment such as face covers, gloves, and others.
  • Employees’ Welfare: Those who feel sick must quickly inform their employers, get tested, and self-isolate until they recover. As for the firms, they must make sure that unwell workers will be not forced to still come at work through leave entitlements. 
  • Screening System: Engineering and construction firms must have an accurate screening system so both employees and visitors can be checked before granting them access to the workplace. All necessary information that can make contract tracing easier must likewise be collected.
  • Risk Management: Firms must adjust the layout of the workplace so that there would be minimal interaction among employees and clients. They must also inform visitors about the physical distancing protocols as well as personal hygiene requirements. 
  • Cleaning and Disinfection: Mitigating the spread of coronavirus is possible through effective cleaning and disinfection. Frequently touched surfaces and high-traffic areas must be disinfected regularly. If possible, need to share tools and devices among employees must be avoided. 
  • Outbreak Management: Once an outbreak occurs, firms must make sure that a deep clean and disinfection of the workplace will take place. Contacts that may have been in the workplace before having a confirmed case should be traced and informed of the situation.

To know more about the COVID-19 safety plan, feel free to call us at Fairdinkum Technical Services.

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