Occupational health delivery and support for the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
OH3 Occupational Health is here to support you and your employees during this challenging time. We have detailed information regarding coronavirus and our occupational health services for COVID-19 below. As well as this you can use the links underneath this text to see additional information from a wide range of useful sources:
Useful links for additional coronavirus information:
– UK Government coronavirus guidance – should be checked regularly
– NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) advice – important medical advice for everyone
– Public Health England coronavirus – public health updates and guidance
– World Health Organisation COVID-19 info – general developments on the pandemic
– Mind COVID-19 mental health advice – support for mental well-being
– HSE coronavirus guidance – information and advice for the workplace
– UK Government COVID-19 business support – advice and help for business owners
– RoSPA coronavirus guidance for employers – further information for employers
Coronaviruses are a common family of viruses & one of the main causes of the ordinary cold. In general, for four out of five people who have COVID-19, symptoms will be mild, & recovery will occur without the need for GP or hospital treatment. Symptoms of the virus include fever & a cough that can potentially progress to pneumonia characterised by shortness of breath & breathing difficulties, as well as loss of or change to sense of taste or smell. Those at increased risk from the virus are people aged over 70, those who are pregnant and people with certain pre-exisiting medical conditions, such as those listed below, which may increase the risks of COVID-19:
• lung conditions, such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis
• heart disease, such as heart failure
• chronic kidney disease
• liver disease, such as hepatitis
• conditions affecting the brain and nerves, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
• problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you’ve had your spleen removed
• a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
• being very overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
Source: NHS UK
What should employers do:
Employers should carry out risk assessments & put measures in place to eliminate or minimise the risk of exposure by following current public health guidelines on the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Employees should also be given information and training on the risks of exposure and how to minimise their risk. If required to wear an FFP3 mask a face fit testing should be undertaken by employees.
What to do if an employee develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) on site:
If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of or change to their sense of taste or smell in the business or workplace they should be sent home. The employee who has the symptoms of a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of or change to their sense of taste or smell should be advised to quickly and directly return home and to remain there to commence self isolation. If they have to use public transport, they should try to keep away from other people and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue.
The employee sent home with symptoms should not attend work and begin a seven day period of self isolation, following government advice on not leaving their home. If these symptoms worsen they should seek advice from NHS 111. After seven days if the employee does not have a high temperature they do not need to self-isolate any more. If the employee still has a high temperature, they must keep self-isolating until the temperature returns to normal.
If a member of staff in your workplace has helped an employee who has taken unwell with a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of or change to their sense of taste or smell, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and water after any contact with someone who is unwell with symptoms consistent with coronavirus infection.
It is not necessary to close the business or workplace or send any staff home, unless government policy changes. Keep monitoring the government response page for the latest details.
If the staff member with symptoms needs clinical advice, they should go online to NHS 111, or, call 111 if they don’t have internet access. In an emergency, they should call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. It is important that they should not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.
Our occupational health coronavirus (COVID-19) services
At OH3 our expert occupational health clinical team have planned a range of services to help support employers and managers responsible for staff members during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Occupational health service testimonials
Below is feedback from our occupational health clients, which is collected and verified as part of receiving SEQOHS Accreditation:
“All our employees felt at ease with the nurse and it helped show our employees that we have their health as our concern”
“I have no negatives to report regarding the performance of the staff at OH3 Ltd”
“I have always found Dr O’Reilly and his staff – including admin staff – to be extremely helpful”
“Very happy with the service provided. Onsite visits are ideal for what our company needs. I’ve found all staff members to be very polite and helpful”