Running a business while trying to keep everyone safe from the COVID-19 virus can be difficult. One thing that a growing number of companies are doing is hiring or naming someone to be the pandemic safety officer. This is someone who will help to implement any necessary changes to ensure everyone is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help keep the company ready for any future health problems that occur. This can either be a full time job, or something that an existing employee adds to their responsibilities.
Duties of a Pandemic Safety Officer
During an active pandemic such as the Coronavirus the pandemic safety officer will be responsible for actively monitoring the status of the pandemic. This would include keeping up to date with the state, local, and federal rules and regulations regarding how businesses must respond to the pandemic.
In addition, this individual would work closely with the management teams to provide insights and advice on how the business can best respond to the pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, this would include increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of the workplace. It could also include making changes to the way the company handles sick time, and anything else that is needed to ensure everyone is kept safe.
When There is no Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is the first truly widespread and extremely serious pandemic that the world has faced in a long time. Given the popularity of travel and other factors, however, many experts believe that this type of event will occur more often in the future. A pandemic safety officer can be tasked with monitoring any emerging health risks and taking steps to try to keep employees safe. By being prepared for whatever happens next, a company will be able to better adjust and evolve to meet the constantly changing environment.
- Are employers required to develop a written infectious disease preparedness and response plan?
- Aside from cleaning, what can workplaces do to slow the spread of COVID-19?
- How can social distancing be practiced for small businesses?
- Do business events need to be canceled?
- What are the CDC recommendations for workplaces and COVID-19?
- What OSHA standards apply to reopening facilities?
- What policies can employers implement to enforce social distancing?
- Do workplaces need an exposure control plan specific to COVID-19?