COVID-19 has not been a stranger to the industry as multiple auto glass repair and replacement businesses have made adjustments, and in some cases, have temporarily closed in order to help limit the virus’ spread. Vector Solutions hosted a webinar today that focused on COVID-19 exposure tracking, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, filing claims and more.
Clare Epstein, Vector EHS general manger, started the webinar by explaining the company’s software. It allows users to track, manage and report on safety data in one place, according to Epstein.
“Tracking COVID-19 exposure is important because in doing to we can help combat its spread, minimize the risk, become prepared for future operations, stay compliant, and work to ensure future employee safety,” said Epstein. “This [COVID-19] is going to be with us for a while and we might have to further adjust down the road.”
According to the company’s webinar, challenges associated with the global virus has several challenges when it comes to exposure tracking, which include: the fast-changing and uncertain situation, data privacy concerns, training employees, defining exposure, and mitigating exposure risk. Epstein stated there is a three step loop for virus exposure data feedback, which consists of: exposure incident data analysis and remediation of hazards and root causes, which will lead to a reduction of exposures.
“Even after a few months of [the industry] being exposed to the virus what we know about it keeps changing, which includes guidance presented from state and local governments,” Epstein said. “Things we didn’t know we had to do a month ago now we do.”
She also highlighted different severities of virus exposure, which included construction, manufacturing, and health care professionals. “The information around the virus is constantly changing, but now even manufacturing plants where many people work close together are at a higher risk, as we’ve seen several outbreaks,” Epstein explained.
All U.S. organizations (with a few exceptions) are required to comply with OSHA recordkeeping, according to the company’s webinar. An incident is considered recordable if it involves:
- Missing a day of work or the next shift;
- Restriction of work or transfer to another job;
- Medical treatment beyond first-aid;
- Loss of consciousness; and
- Occupational illness.
Forms can be found on OSHA’s website along with advised procedures. It is important to note what a confirmed case of COVID-19 means.
“A confirmed case of COVID-19 means an individual with at least one respiratory specimen that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. OSHA does not consider suspected, but unconfirmed COVID-19 cases to be recordable,” a portion of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance reads.