Getting staff back to work at the private equity firm and portfolio company isn’t going to be easy. EHE Health, a healthcare provider focused on preventive care, has turned its attention to helping clients figure out how to get their staffs back to work safely.
Some of the key questions facing employers are when, where and how do they bring employees back to work, safely, how can publicly-available data be used to determine when and where it is safe to bring employees back to work, once back to work, how does an employer sustain operations of a safe work environment to prevent another shutdown?
“When it comes to getting back to work, everyone is learning together,” Mansur says. “Employers need to pay to attention to all the different details and everyone has unique circumstances so there’s no off-the-shelf solutions. The answer is different, but the question is the same: What will it take to get ourselves back to work? Some best practices are emerging.”
EHE has put together a guide for employers to help get employees back to work and staying healthy. The first phase is assessment and customization. Assessment includes an assessment of inventory or worksite locations, developing work-site specific epidemic risk scoring profiles and doing a site-based readiness analysis. The customization part includes communication, training, planning, preparation and intervention protocols to address Covid-19 exposures. The next phase is communication and execution. This phase involves examination components including health questionnaires, physical examinations, lab test and point of care Covid-19 test and real time clinical summary the goes directly to the employer. The last phase requires management and monitoring, which is an ongoing task.
The phases are crucial, according to EHE, and they should be followed along with the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a “holistic approach.”
It’s important to base decisions on objective information and sound public health tactics, Mansur says. EHE is rolling out a test that will enable employers to identify rapidly occurring infections in people who don’t yet have symptoms, as well as antibodies. Questionnaires and temperature checks are good measures, but they are not perfect solutions because the virus can circulate in people who don’t show symptoms of illness, he says.
EHE also offers a management dashboard that will track, manage and execute its safe-at-work playbook. The dashboard will track exam outcomes, quarantines and clear statuses, and analyze data by metrics unique to each employer, including location, department, manager and organizational role. It will also incorporate real-time updates from lab results and data reported from worksite screenings, such as out sick, high temp, newly quarantined, confirmed Covid-19 or recovered.
“There are multiple layers such as monitoring contractors who come in and out, visitors, deliveries, who can and should work remotely. There is a lot to think through and execute on,” says Mansur. “And you need to communicate to employees what to expect.”