Most employers invested in providing disinfection stations, increasing deep cleaning of common areas and hanging signs to educate workers on COVID-19 prevention and hygiene, according to a study released by the National Safety Council on Friday.
Itasca, Illinois-based NSC researchers surveyed 334 safety and health decision makers for organizations with at least 250 employees across the United States to determine what safety practices companies introduced, how much they spent on COVID-19 prevention, and the impact of these safety practices had about productivity, performance and spread of the virus.
The researchers examined employers mainly in manufacturing, construction, retail and office activities as well as other industries between July 1
Among the most common safety routines used by employers was to offer hand sanitizers throughout the facility (80%), which requires face masks / shields or other personal protective equipment (75%) and that operators must disinfect work surfaces. , machines, stations and tools at the beginning and / or end of each shift (72%), the study revealed. -19 training signs (70%), created employees' self-report symptoms and positive screening protocols (69%) and implemented telework for non-essential employees (69%).
Of the industries, retailers were most likely to use temperature surveys (70%) and spend the most per employee on COVID-19 prevention, followed by education and health services.
At the time of the survey, employers reported the highest number of cases confirmed with COVID-19 among workers, followed by retail and training services.
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