Lima Peru.- After the start of the second wave of COVID-19 infections in the country, companies have been reviewing and reinforcing the preventive measures that they have been implementing throughout the pandemic. Faced with an exponential advance of the coronavirus, almost 50% of companies have reinforced the application of diagnostic tests to their workers, according to the latest study conducted by Marsh Peru.
According to this report, most organizations have maintained or reinforced the general measures that guarantee and protect the health and safety of their employees, among which the cleaning and disinfection of environments (71%), mandatory physical distancing (59%) can be highlighted. ), ventilation systems of the rooms (57%).
For its part, this report shows that very few companies have increased their efforts in the provision of means of transport (24%) and rather have been reinforcing their commitment to remote work (48%). “After almost 1 year since the State of Emergency was announced, remote work has become the new reality of many companies and it is unlikely that it will change in the short and medium term,” said Akio Murakami, central manager of Consulting at Marsh Peru Health and Benefits.
Similarly, health surveillance measures and standards are being part of the fixed and usual protocols within companies, prioritizing the physical health of the employee through strict control and monitoring of symptoms and positive cases. “56% have reinforced the symptomatology report of the collaborators and more than 50% of companies had already expanded the criteria required by law for the selection of vulnerable person who performs remote work,” added Akio Murakami.
Measures that should not be neglected
Although it is true that companies are prioritizing the physical health of workers and their safety within the facilities, as well as focusing on the communication and awareness plan, Akio Murakami believes that relevant areas such as mental health and health should not be neglected. analysis of the environment and reality of the workers.
The results of this study identified that only 33% of companies are reinforcing psychological support for workers. On the other hand, in this second wave, only 62%, 65% and 73% of companies are considering living with people with a high level of exposure to the virus, a place of residence with a high contagion rate, and living with a vulnerable person, respectively. , as criteria for the implementation of remote work. This is unlike the first wave, where these indicators were contemplated by 87%, 92% and 79%, respectively as well.
“Faced with this second wave, we have identified that companies have anticipated much faster to maintain the safety and health of their workers. Today’s challenge is to continue guaranteeing the health and safety of workers as the needs of collaborators and their environment and reality are analyzed, at the same time that strategies and actions are proposed to protect the continuity of the business ”, finished Akio Murakami.
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