With finding a ‘new normal’ now a hot topic of conversation in many a boardroom, one of the most challenging phases will be re-accessing customer and business premises. At Crawford, our purpose is to restore lives, businesses and communities, whilst maintaining a range of solutions designed to support that purpose – and so our experience really comes into play as businesses take those tentative steps to return.
So, what does it take to maintain safe workplaces? How can technology be used to complete necessary tasks that may previously have been completed in person? We’ve worked with clients and business partners to identify five key steps that will enable them to reopen once government restrictions allow:
- Sanitise and clean the workplaces before and after reopening.
- Assess options for reintroducing employees.
- Follow social distancing protocols in the workplace.
- Establish support structures for employees who may feel sick or anxious.
- React quickly to workplace infections.
Termed the SAFER program, this will allow companies to reopen in a way that is best for the long-term health and safety of employees and business.
Pat Van Bakel, president, Canada commented
“We’ve been working with a number of clients to support their reintegration planning and implementation. Given the range of expertise and services that we offer, we can work with employers to develop protocols and best practice procedures, while also providing the platform and technologies to facilitate the reintegration program.”
Deep-cleaning and decontamination specialists could also prove essential, with services including electrostatic cleaning, biohazard cleaning and decontamination delivered by qualified, experienced personnel, whether it is a preventative clean or, in the cases of an outbreak, full decontamination.
Crawford Building Consultancy in the UK is also sharing its huge wealth of experience with organizations, applying its technology, design and project management and health and safety knowledge, assisting with the identification, planning and delivery of a safe return to the workplace. Its given advice on everything from social distancing and government guidance to the practical applications relating to buildings – all to help ensure a safe, orderly and planned approach to re-occupation when it is safe to do so.
Case managers from the Crawford TPA: Broadspire team are also bringing their medical management expertise to the fore, developing end-to-end clinical management programmes to meet the constant challenges the pandemic continues to throw up. They’ve worked closely with clients to help them address the intricacies of the psychosocial, environmental, financial, legal and other health-related needs their employees face.
To learn about the challenges presented by COVID-19, please read our detailed report called Responding to a market in flux.