If you are a contractor to large refineries and manufacturers like we are, you are likely a member of one or more safety oversight companies like ISNetworld. Recently clients have been asking contractors to upload a Pandemic Preparedness Plan for ISNetworld, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other non-ISNetworld clients may have also been doing the same, or you as a safety professional may have been thinking about what your company should develop. Using ISNetworld’s program questionnaire can help any company determine what should be included in a plan and give a place to start.
The following are the topics covered by the questionnaire for the current Pandemic Preparedness Plan for ISNetworld. Even if ISNetworld doesn’t apply to you, this may give you some ideas for best practices:
1. Assignment of Ownership
Who is going to be in charge of carrying out the plan? Who is on that team and how is it decided?
2. Hand Washing Facilities, Cleansers and Other Hygiene Items
What hand washing facilities will be available to your employees? What other sanitizing products will be available (i.e., hand sanitizers, disposable towels, etc.). In this section you could also cover personal protective materials to be provided as well.
3. Periodic Training
Periodic training should be conducted regarding illness prevention and spread of disease. It should also communicate your policies regarding illness. At what frequency will they be conducted, and who will do (or be responsible for) that training.
4. Work From Home Policy
What is your company policy regarding working from home, or staying at home when an employee is ill or taking care of an ill family member.
5. Continuance of Operations
What is your company’s strategy for continuing operations if a large percentage of your staff becomes ill? What’s your plan for maintaining operations during quarantine or stay at home orders?
Does your company encourage employees to get proper immunizations?
How are employee and internal communications conducted?
Does your company limit large or crowded gatherings during outbreaks or increased disease levels? What does that look like?
What is your strategy for cleaning workplace surfaces and equipment?
10. Reviews and Testing
How will this plan be tested? How often will it be reviewed? Who is responsible for doing so?
11. Lessons Learned
What is your process for implementing lessons learned? How will that be done, and who will do it?
Writing the Plan
Hopefully this gives you a start on creating your own Pandemic Plan. If you do not have the time nor the labor right now to do this, let us help! We have written these Pandemic Preparedness Plans for ISNetworld compliance and for our own company. Contact us today for pricing!