Trinity Pandemic Response Plan
In early 2020, the world was introduced to a new pandemic, COVID-19, that impacted everyone's life and business operations. It also created a great challenge to EHS professionals who are responsible to establish, manage, and monitor company policies and programs to ensure the health and safety of their workforce. With our expanded health and safety capabilities, Trinity assists clients in essential industry sectors with business continuity planning, workplace evaluations, and practices to address employee wellbeing. Our pandemic response team closely monitors new rules, policies, and recommended practices established by the Centers for Disease Control, federal and state OSHA programs, and recognized associations including the American Biosafety Association (ABSA), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Association of Safety Professionals (ASSP), and World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local public health authorities. We assist clients in the following areas to ensure safe and effective operations during a pandemic:
- Identification of site specific hazards and risk assessment for pandemic control measures following the latest guidance from federal and state authorities (EPA, CDC, OSHA, etc.)
- Development of pandemic response plans that can be effectively implemented via employee communications/training for critical steps including:
- Onsite screening and monitoring activities involving contractors, visitors, and customers
- Personal protective measures as appropriate for specific jobs
- Recommendations for business continuity during pandemic including back-to-work considerations
What is a Pandemic Response Plan?
When a pandemic occurs, affected individuals who come in contact with an organization can disrupt business continuity and put others at risk. Employers should prioritize the health and safety of their employees, customers, supply chains, and the communities they serve. In order to promote health and safety while maintaining operations and complying with OSHA requirements, employers should consider developing a Pandemic Response and/or Preparedness Plan to establish the requirements that address health concerns caused by pandemic diseases such as COVID-19. The plans should be based on the latest guidelines and recommendations published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), local/state public health authorities, and professional organizations with subject matter expertise.
Who should be involved in developing a Pandemic Response Plan?
Typically, EHS Managers/Directors, in partnership with company senior leadership, take the lead on developing the organization's Pandemic Response Plan.
How can digital solutions help with pandemic management?
EHS Management Information Systems (MIS) provide organizations with the digital tools to enable EHS business processes; today these tools are being extended to address pandemic response management. EHS software provides tools that can allow for the collection of vital response data, enabling critical return to work processes, sharing results transparently, and communicating effectively across all organizational levels giving the workforce clear insight into how the EHS managers are ensuring a safe workplace, building trust, and driving engagement across the company.
Trinity Can Help!
Trinity's Health & Safety team creates Pandemic Response Plans, including back-to-work considerations that assist clients to prepare needed action items for COVID-19 and future potential pandemics. Please call us at 800.229.6655 or contact us online.