Plan for a Pandemic

May 06, 2020 COVID-19

No doubt that many businesses are experiencing hard times across Canada and around the world right now. In these times of considerable uncertainty, it is essential that we do our best to keep our heads held high and plan for the return of the economy.

Our economy coming back online will knowingly be a slow process and be done so in stages, as many government officials have already made clear.

As a business aiming to sustain operations during this time, re-open its doors, or to ramp up production again, it is essential to have a solid pandemic continuity plan in place to do so.

Some of the elements that need to be considered to maintain continuity before, during and after a pandemic are:

  • Assessing the risk of exposure in the workplace and how those risk areas can be controlled
  • Identifying appropriate staffing levels to manage critical business functions
  • Devise a staffing plan that is appropriate to the situation and restrictions
  • Communication with staff regarding business continuity plans as it applies to them
  • Identifying policies and procedures that will need to be created and adhered to in order to respect safety initiatives put in place by public officials, inclusive of:
    • Workplace cleaning
    • Social distancing
    • Screening workers
    • Personal protective equipment
  • How to manage and respond to staff that may become ill at work

Remember that if we prepare and strategically plan for events such as this pandemic, we will be in a better position to ensure a successful return to work.

To assist you with this process, Industrial Safety Trainers has prepared a pandemic continuity plan and made it available on our website to download free of charge.

If you have any questions concerning this pandemic continuity plan or other questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].

David Ardito
Training Manager