COVID-19 Occupational Webinar Series: April 9th Policy and Strategy Updates

Posted on Behalf of  Olivia Leleck


Cardno ChemRisk’s team of experts in epidemiology, infection control, industrial hygiene, and microbiology has been helping clients navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, we are helping employers understand and develop guidelines for COVID-19, as well as strategies to effectively communicate guidelines to workers. Examples of support include:

·       Conducting daily/weekly literature search and outbreak updates
·       Developing COVID-19 plans tailored to employers (infection control, case management, cleaning and disinfection, product quarantine, etc.)
·       Designing up-to-date travel policies and worker field assignment best practices
·       Hosting Q&A and educational sessions for employees

As part of our support, we are also offering bi-weekly complimentary webinars to the general public to help inform the participants on the latest issues, available resources, and updated recommendations on COVID-19. Some of the topics discussed on our April 9th webinar include:

Policy Update: Cloth Masks

Strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, are based on simulations of various scenarios using mathematical modeling. These models can help policymakers and employers make predictions for different strategies to address the pandemic. New information about the virus and transmission can influence simulations of various control strategies.

There is emerging evidence that pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals are transmitting COVID-19 via speaking, coughing, and sneezing. Based on this evidence, there are new CDC recommendations for all individuals to wear a homemade cloth mask to protect individuals around them. Examples of homemade cloth masks include:

·       Sewn cloth face covering
·       Quick cut t-shirt face covering (no sew method)
·       Bandana face covering (no sew method)

Individuals should not wear surgical masks or respirators, which should be reserved for frontline workers such as medical professionals. All previous guidelines should still be practiced, including social distancing, not touching the face, and avoiding public areas when possible.

Resource Spotlight: Long-term Containment Strategy

A resource recently published by Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy outlines a national strategy for achieving containment, including:

1)      Test and Trace Infrastructure
2)      Syndromic Surveillance
3)      Serologic Testing
4)      Rapid Response

For more information, you can review the strategy here.

To learn more about the ways Cardno ChemRisk can support your business, review our brochure, read our white paper, and follow us on LinkedIn for updates.

For more COVID-19 updates, join our next webinar session on Thursday, April 23 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST. Our COVID-19 team will provide an update on the latest information and workplace scenarios that employees should be aware of. Click here to register