Latest EHS trends will impact enterprises and shape the role of environmental and safety professionals in 2021.
FREMONT, CA: In December 2019, the world was just finding the novel coronavirus, and most of the people are continuing with business as usual. Enterprises collectively rose to the occasion, and so did all of them. Firms have been doing amazing work these past months by finding means to help the public while keeping the co-workers and their loved ones safe. Here are the top issues affecting safety professionals in 2020.
Many employees are already needed to wear respirators, safety glasses, and gloves. Those and other personal protective equipment (PPE) rapidly became scarce. Media outlets LIKE Business Insider reported nurses and doctors were wearing bags and reusing N95 respirators if they were fortunate enough to have one at all. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the public wear facemasks to GUARD themselves against getting and spreading COVID-19 to others when in close contact with people outside the household. The CDC recommended cloth face coverings to ensure those in healthcare had a fighting chance at securing N95 respirators.
• Social Distancing
COVID-19 commonly spreads through close contact with an infected person. Social distancing, with wearing face masks and better sanitization, is presently the best defense against COVID-19. Deploying a distance of at least six feet between workers can be a hurdle, however, as workspaces have largely been developed for space optimization rather than managing safe distance. EHS professionals have worked to find various means to help employees keep their distance from others to mitigate the possibility of catching or spreading COVID-19.
For years, as wearable devices and smartwatches dominated the consumer spaces, enterprises explored what effect those or devices could have on the workplace. COVID-19 has provided practical applications that are driving the market. EHS research and consulting firm report that year-on-year growth rates for connected worker solutions now range from 30 to 200 percent. Enterprises are hoping to curb the spread of or isolate exposure to COVID-19 turn to connected worker solutions that can improve contact tracing. Wearable wristbands can alert workers when they are too close.