ETHOS PROTEK BY NIOSH: HEALTH & SAFETY AT WORK CAN SAVE LIVES
In the circumstances of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed 1.1 million lives as of 13 October 2020, we are facing an immediate health emergency. Never has occupational safety and health at the workplace takes on such a great importance as the world’s population spends a great portion of their lives at work. Our work environment and workplace have a strong impact on our health, safety and well-being and that of our families and the community in which we live.
Occupational safety and health is a central aspect of decent work and employees all around the world should be given the assurance that they are not exposed to undue risks while at work. Employees should be guaranteed safe, healthy and decent work.
At the Global Web Index coronavirus market research report of July 2020, we have the following insights:
- Consumers in every single country now expect the outbreak to last longer than they previously thought it would.
- Two thirds of consumers are extremely, very, or quite concerned about a second wave of the pandemic.
- Hygiene, Safety and Welfare are now the most important factors for travellers when considering their next holiday or business trip.
According to International Labour Organisation (ILO), company measures to address the pandemic have a direct impact on markets, supply and production of goods and services, demand, consumption and investment and the world of work. Lockdowns and related business disruptions, travel restrictions, school closures and other containment measures have had sudden and drastic impacts on workers and enterprises (ILO, 2020l).
Companies are to implement a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan in the workplace crafted to address health crises and pandemics, workplaces may be better prepared to develop a quick, coordinated and effective response, while adapting the measures to the specific emergency situation that the enterprise is facing (ILO, 2020i).
A continuous monitoring of OSH conditions and appropriate risk assessment will be required to ensure that control measures related to the risk of contagion are adapted to the specific evolving processes, conditions of work and characteristics of the workforce during the critical period of contagion and afterwards, so that reoccurrences may be prevented.
Ethos Protek training, testing and assessment programs accredited by National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) Malaysia promote the implementation of occupational safety and health measures in response to the covid-19 pandemic aimed at preventing and mitigating health risks and encouraging participation from all levels on the new normal working arrangements.
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