Medcan today launched a new service it said is designed to assist employers looking to safeguard their staff and workplaces through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Safe at Work System uses the guidance of occupational health experts to deploy protocols that minimize the possibility of outbreaks at workplaces after the relaxation of social distancing, the company said in a release.
“Executives and their employees are heading into a challenging new reality,” said Medcan CEO Shaun Francis. “Forward-thinking leaders are preparing to return their employees to work in an environment where a single infection could send home hundreds and even thousands of staff members.”
With the Safe at Work System, Medcan said its staff will work with clients in three phases:
Phase one involves an “Assessment & Customization” process that analyzes the risk profile of each worksite, sets clear policies dictating access, and describes physical-distancing regulations once access is granted.
Phase two, “Communication & Execution,” features a process to assess the COVID-19 status of all at-risk employees, with point-of-care testing as appropriate to classify employees in various categories ranging from COVID-19 negative and asymptomatic to COVID-19 positive and recovered.
Phase three, “Monitoring & Management,” includes the tracking of all building entries and exits, with protocols designed to evaluate employees for symptoms. In this phase, on-site nurses may assess employees before entry at worksites for such symptoms as elevated body temperature. Those flagged as symptomatic could undergo point-of-care testing, and a positive test for COVID-19 could trigger a contact-tracing and quarantine protocol.
“Managing the return-to-work process is a continuous and longer-term priority for employers,” said Medcan president Ashim Khemani. “Repeated interruptions will cause commercial and operational challenges. Most importantly, returning employees to work safely and instilling trust is imperative.
“Our team of clinical, epidemiological, data and technology experts has crafted comprehensive strategies designed to minimize risk—and prepare contingencies if infection is detected.”
Further information is available at www.medcan.com.