Understanding uptake of prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 at work actions in Iran

Gharibi, Vahid and Cousins, Rosanna and Bargar, Mina and Jahangiri, Mehdi (2021) Understanding uptake of prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 at work actions in Iran. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation. ISSN 1051-9815 (Accepted for Publication)

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BACKGROUND: The coronavirus pandemic has required organizations to make changes to ways of working to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 in employees.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the workplace response to COVID-19 in Iran.
METHODS: 255 organizations completed a two-part survey. Part 1 collected data describing the business; Part 2 comprised the International Labor Organization (ILO) 30-item Prevention and Mitigation of COVID-19 at Work Actions Checklist. A four-point Likert scale was used to score each item according to whether preventative measures had been actioned.
RESULTS: We found a dichotomy of commitment to managing COVID-19 at work. 42.5% of organizations had fully implemented the ILO recommended preventative actions, and 45.6% workplaces had not implemented any. Large organizations had significantly more preventative actions than SMEs; the Healthcare sector had significantly better COVID-19 mitigation measures in place than Construction projects; and organizations with a health & safety management system had significantly more prevention actions in place.
CONCLUSIONS: ILO provided a good framework to support risk assessment of COVID-19, however only half the organizations were undertaking the necessary biological hazard control actions to prevent COVID-19 at work. There remains a need to understand the inaction of organizations who do not risk assess despite being in a pandemic.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: coronavirus; duty of care; ILO checklist; pandemic; risk assessment
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Rosanna Cousins
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2021 10:07
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2021 10:07
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3331

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