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Efforts continue on both sides of the hemisphere to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and, at the same time, efforts are being made to return to work those who, although exposed, need to generate income for economic continuity.
Government agencies, organizations, collaborators and workers face the possibility of being affected by this invisible disease on a daily basis, in order to protect health and safety at work. Adding the constant challenges against the coronavirus, they are looking for the possibility of returning to work by counteracting all the existing opportunities of contagion.
Through its technical committee, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) wondered whether a standard could be generated to manage and carry out daily work in times of pandemic; thus, on December 15, 2020, the ISO 45005 standard was published for the Occupational Health and Safety Management System and its guidelines for safe work in times of COVID-19.
A group of specialists from 26 countries joined forces to generate and publish this new standard in record time, receiving the consensus and positive approval of the 80 member countries of the ISO/TC 283 committee. After 3 months of work, a much needed update for the current normality was published.
Your company must adapt quickly and adopt new work methods and processes, complying with the legal requirements that were imposed to mitigate the spread of the virus as much as possible.
ISO 45005 is a guide that guides and incorporates best practices and helps to manage the risks that may arise from the pandemic. The protection of your company’s employees, whether basic or temporary, as well as suppliers and other risk groups, is a priority that you must address in order to work in the new normal.
This standard is based on the well-known PHVA cycle (Plan, do, verify and act), a pillar of the activities of monitoring, follow-up and evaluation of the implemented measures, with the aim of maximizing its effectiveness, allowing your company to adapt and develop new measures. , according to the new facets of the pandemic.
The advantages that you can obtain by implementing the points that are developed in the ISO / PAS 45005 document are considerable; some of them are:
The proportion of new practical examples aimed at managing pandemic risk.
The possibility of taking precautionary measures for different lines of business, taking into account the great diversity of activities.
Support your company to develop contingency plans to allow a rapid response, and that in the event of high levels of risk, operations in the short and medium term are not affected.
If your worker is infected or others are infected, this standard indicates the measures to guarantee the safety and health of other collaborators, using reaction procedures.
ISO / TC 283 Director Sally Swingewood stated: “These guidelines are practical and appropriate, no matter the size and approach chosen for managing the pandemic in each particular situation.”
If you want to know more about occupational health and safety management systems and how to prepare for the protection of your collaborators and stakeholders, at QAlliance we are excited to help you get back to work as safely as possible, contact us!