Gharibi, Vahid and Cousins, Rosanna and Jahangiri, Mehdi (2020) LET’S GET BACK TO WORK: PREVENTIVE BIOLOGICAL CYCLE MANAGEMENT OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE WORKPLACE. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation. ISSN 1051-9815 (Accepted for Publication)

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BACKGROUND The primary response to the coronavirus pandemic has been to minimize social contact through lockdown measures. The closure of non-essential businesses to tackle the spread of coronavirus has had negative consequences for the global economy, production, and employment. OBJECTIVE To outline how known occupational health principles can be used for preventative management of the coronavirus in workplaces to support resumption of work. METHODS A discussion of current knowledge of COVID-19, the cost of the lockdown strategy, and preventative biological cycle management. RESULTS The literature indicates that biological cycle management can control for the risk of coronavirus infection, provide a suitable and sufficient exit strategy from lockdown, and support getting employees back to work. Adherence to PPE standards has been insufficient, indicating a need for workplace investment and education. CONCLUSION Imposed restrictions on workplace operations can be lifted without compromising worker health and safety when a workplace commits to practicing the three principles of biological cycle management.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the authors' version of an article that has been accepted for publication in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation. The final version will be available from: https://www.iospress.nl/journal/work/
Keywords: Lockdown; Covid-19; biological hazard; risk assessment; PPE;
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Rosanna Cousins
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 10:54
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 10:54
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3109

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