The novel coronavirus continues to affect all businesses, including the building industry, causing many construction and manufacturing companies to consider what the post-COVID-19 world looks like and how they can reduce and manage its impact.
While many architects, engineers, and project managers can perform parts of their jobs remotely, crews have to be onsite. One way to mitigate the impact of the virus is to have a safety representative on site to assist employers in providing a safe and healthy job site.
With the ever-changing updates and precautions about the virus coming on a daily basis, it can be overwhelming for employers to manage the information, put into place preventive measures, and address the concerns of their employees—all while trying to resume current and new projects. An onsite safety representative can help ease that burden by monitoring and implementing all the recommended COVID-19 safety practices with your employees. The site safety representative will perform practical solutions including:
- Taking temperatures of workers as they enter the job site.
- Ensuring social distancing, wearing masks, following local rules, and regs.
- Administering health questionnaires.
- Managing any site employee testing.
A site safety representative will go beyond the practical to perform workplace assessments for specific construction work tasks that identify hazards and evaluate the risks of exposure and the proper controls needed to prevent exposure. When those tasks are identified with higher exposure risks, project managers can make informed decisions, based on whether those tasks are essential or not essential, to delay them until they can be performed safely.
Implementing standard operating procedures and training construction workers on recognizing workplace hazards and reducing the spread of COVID-19 is an essential function of a site safety representative. They will train your crews to:
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
- Understand how the virus is spread.
- Follow appropriate social distancing and hygiene practices.
- Clean and disinfect works surfaces and sites.
- Properly use and dispose of PPE including masks, gloves, face shields, goggles, etc.
We can help you navigate the challenges of managing COVID-19 while managing your construction sites. HealthSafe has been providing effective worksite safety solutions for more than 20 years. We can help you create and implement an effective Post-COVID workplace safety plan. Let us help you find the right safety professional today.