Posted by: Scott Appnel
Date: July 6, 2020
The considerations are many as we begin to bring employees and others on-site after COVID-19, and prepare for “business as usual.” Except, these times are anything but usual. From the legal and ethical to medical perspectives, there is much an employer or administrator needs to know for a safe return to work, school, or other location.
Retaining a medical director can make the transition simpler and more effective, and can provide long-term benefits after the pandemic has passed. Directorship models are usually customized based on the client’s needs, and range from an annual retainer to an “as needed” hourly arrangement.
Another way employers and administrators can make sure they get it right, is by working with an occupational medicine certified physician for consultation on a workplace medical policy. Decisions often need to be made quickly, in areas in which many leaders may not be versed. A prepared company or school policy that conforms accurately and addresses challenges in a medically appropriate manner keeps everything running smoother, whether during an emergency like COVID-19 or every day on the job. This instills confidence for the employer – and peace of mind for employees, staff, and students.
For more information about return to work services including testing, temperature checks, and well-being resources: