Re-occupation of Buildings and Workplaces Post-COVID-19
Re-occupation of Buildings and Workplaces Post-COVID-19 – 22-08-20
The phenomenon of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in some fast-paced changes to the way we work, behave and interact. The pandemic has resulted in rapidly changing occupational health risks along with many new health and safety considerations in the workplace.
As health, safety and occupational health professionals we can help your organisation to design and implement audit and risk mitigation strategies to prepare for the return to work in line with evolving government and Public Health England guidance and to ensure your compliance with the latest guidance.
Many buildings and workplaces have been left part-occupied, vacant or subject to a change in use or management routine. These factors present a potential for significant change affecting the validity of current risk assessments, resulting in the requirement for formal review.
As restrictions in place to control the spread of the virus lift and we begin to plan our return to a more normal way of life, it’s vitally important that employers, property managers and occupiers consider what process and measures they should have in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of persons re-entering their buildings and/or returning to a workplace.
In the same way that as safety professionals we analyse and reflect on lessons learnt from near misses and health and safety related incidents, in order to prevent reoccurrences and continually improve standards, we believe these same principles should also apply to a post-COVID-19 response.
William Martin Compliance in partnership with Marlowe Critical Services companies, have combined their expertise to develop solutions to support our clients, to ensure their buildings, workplaces and people are safe and compliant for re-occupation post-COVID-19. These solutions and measures can offer assurances for those transitioning back into the workplace, as well as longer term strategies to control and minimise the transmission of viruses such as COVID-19.
Our end-to-end suite of solutions range from consultancy, audit and assurance programmes through to thermal imaging fever cameras, deep clean and decontamination services and access to specialist health and medical advice and screening programme summarised below.
Post-COVID-19 Re-occupation Audits and Assurance Programmes Designed to review and validate existing risk assessments, and controls as a result of any significant changes, including a review of management procedures and building protocols to ensure buildings and workplaces are safe and compliant for re-occupation. We will help our clients to navigate the complex and changing guidance to minimise Coronavirus risks and comply with the latest guidance.
Thermal Imaging Cameras Fever screening via thermal cameras has emerged as a useful tool in the detection of elevated body temperature, which can indicate the presence of a fever, a symptom of Coronavirus and potential early intervention. With built-in artificial intelligence algorithms, the camera has the ability to measure multiple people from a distance of 9.8 feet and 4.3 feet wide away, with a reported accuracy up to ±0.3°C, enabling fast and efficient assessment without personal contact.
Deep Clean and Decontamination Utilising technical and specialised cleaning skills to provide decontamination, cleaning and containment solutions. The service includes isolation and segregation of any affected areas; sterilisation of ventilation systems, often overlooked as part of deep cleans; deep cleaning to reduce the spread of any contamination, using CDC and EPA approved disinfectants; fogging machines or decontamination units.
Occupational Health Services Bespoke solutions tailored to meet our clients’ individual needs, offering a wide range of services and advisory support functions including: Consultation Services, Health Screening, Policy Development and Audits, Functional Capability and Physiological Capacity Assessments, Integrated Healthcare and planning advice & programmes.