As if business owners didn’t have enough to worry about, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a new set of challenges. Companies must now implement strategies to prepare for and protect against global health emergencies. Here are three steps that should be part of your organization’s plan to cope with a medical crisis.
Appoint an Emergency Coordinator
It’s common for individuals to feel as if they are left with more questions than answers during a pandemic. The same will hold true for your employees, many of whom will be unable to focus on work duties or company practices as they worry about the safety of loved ones. Leadership and communication become paramount, and that is why it is important to have an emergency coordinator in place. This person will be well-versed in your company’s pandemic action plan and can coordinate responses and responsibilities throughout the staff.
Employees will feel more at ease knowing there is someone appointed to an oversight position who can answer questions such as how to stay safe, who is considered an essential employee, when to stay at home or where to go if an outbreak occurs during work hours. In addition to coordinating and communicating, an emergency manager can also implement social distancing policies and ensure that staff receives necessary crisis training.
Have Supplies in Stock
PPE, or personal protective equipment, is an important part of a business’ pandemic action plan. Purchasing eye protection, gloves, cleaning supplies and face masks Canada or in your region before an emergency will help keep workers safe, and stocking up on drinking water, flashlights and storable food will reduce panic should employees be forced to shelter at the workplace.
Germs spread quickly in confined spaces, so don’t wait for a health emergency to make sanitation a priority. Encourage frequent hand washing and sanitizing, wiping down commonly handled surfaces and practicing cough and sneeze etiquette.
You don’t need to be a Boy Scout to recognize the importance of being prepared. These tips will help protect your workers from the next health emergency.
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