While experts agree that social distancing is the antidote to “flatten the curve” of this exponentially spreading virus, many cannot simply “work from home.” Grocery store employees, food distributors, manufacturers, truck drivers, utilities personnel, and other critical infrastructure workers have to be on the job at their respective facilities.
In fact, while the rest of us are protecting ourselves in the comfort of our own homes, these same people are taking risks to their health in order to ensure we are not without food, healthcare, energy, and all the other of life’s necessities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For employers of these critical infrastructure workers, Duty of Care is a critically important concept to address. And while employees of these companies are essentially put themselves in harms way, employers have a moral and legal responsibility to mitigate this real risk.
It’s their Duty of Care.
Another compelling reason to institute ways to mitigate on the job health risks for these critical employees is Business Continuity. In this time of crisis, keeping critical infrastructure businesses running is essential, and workers who are afraid to show up to work can impact operations. Employee fears must be addressed by having their employers demonstrating they not only are aware of the risks, but also are doing something to alleviate them.
Finally, by taking steps to reduce health risks, the employee population’s well-being is maintained leading to reduced employee absenteeism and increased productivity.
So how can employers create a medical risk management plan to protect their employees that have to go to work? A temporary worksite health clinic is a cost-effective solution for employers with at least 250 employees on site. This solution can be offered on the employer’s property, however, in a separate space adjacent to the manufacturing or office space via a mobile office trailer. And the medical staff in the clinic can focus specifically on employees with infectious disease conditions.
Here are all the benefits of including temporary worksite healthcare at your facility.
1. Reducing Employee Concerns – Most infectious illnesses that workers may be facing are not the novel coronavirus. Workers’ fears of COVID-19 may be justified, but calming those fears by providing testing and care from a trusted medical professional can help businesses retain a healthier workforce, reduce absenteeism, and keep their business running.
2. Addressing Employee Well-being – For those workers that do develop a fever and/or respiratory conditions, this solution offers a convenient, rapid way to evaluate and treat employees - reducing the spread of infectious illnesses and limiting employee absenteeism.
3. Employee Education - Educating and guiding the workforce on COVID-19, influenza, and what the company is doing to respond to the crisis can help create a more productive environment at the workplace. Proper quarantining and sanitation measures will ensure employees that the company cares for their well-being, as well as the well-being of the community as a whole.
A Temporary Worksite Clinic (TWC) is a very popular and effective way to provide for Duty of Care and Business Continuity at your work facility during this unprecedented time.
InHouse Physicians’ TWCs are helping businesses stay healthy, tested, and informed. Find out how you can get a Temporary Worksite Clinic On-site at your facility here or email Patrick Gahagan at 630.634.0011.