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Florida Chamber Safety Council- What is Your Risk Level?

Florida Chamber Safety Council- What is Your Risk Level?

Florida Chamber Safety Council- What is Your Risk Level?

What is Your Risk Level?
By Diego A. Sanchez, CSP, ASP, CHST, OHST
 
As we tackle working during COVID-19, employers and workers must be aware of their level of risk. Depending on the industry, some workers may have higher exposure to COVID than others. Based on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's [OSHA] guidelines, there are four employee exposure levels ranging from Very High to Lower Risk.
 
The 'Very High' risk exposure category includes health care employees actively working with patients known to be infected with COVID-19 and laboratory personnel and morgue employees conducting aerosol-producing procedures.
 
The 'High' category also comprises health care workers, including nurses and doctors who may come in contact with suspected COVID-19 patients but are not conducting aerosol-producing activities.
 
The following two levels of exposure risks are where most US workers will fall under; this includes, but not exclusively, restaurant workers, factory workers, retail workers, constructions workers, to name a few.
 
The 'Medium' level category includes workers that may come in contact, within 6 feet, from other people under the premises that anyone can be infected with COVID-19. Still, consider the locations of the establishment, as the level could be higher if the area is known as an ongoing community transmission hotspot.
 
The 'Lower Risk' level includes workers who do not have to come in contact with anyone else during their typical duty day. These workers have minimal occupational contact with the public and other coworkers.
 
Understanding the workplace level of risk can help employers take the necessary precautionary measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of infection of COVID-19. As operations seem to be moving forward and back to some normalcy, it is crucial not to let our guard down and continue improving our operations to ensure our workers and our communities' health and safety.
 
For more information visit: https://www.flchambersafety.com/

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