COVID-19 Return to Work Services
The transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has caused sudden and unprecedented changes in the ways we live and work. Managing the impacts caused by COVID-19 requires a multi-disciplinary approach built on sound science, clear policy, and effective communication.
Strategies for Ensuring a Safe Work Environment
COVID-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation, and Recovery Planning
The wide variety of workplaces, work activities, and company cultures precludes a “one-size-fits-all” approach to COVID-19 planning. MFA can help organizations develop or refine site-specific plans to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission. Plans could provide clear guidance to address elements such as:
- Risk assessment
- Building system management, e.g., HVAC and plumbing
- Physical distancing
- Hygiene and sanitation
- Travel restrictions
- Personal protective equipment / masks
- Symptom monitoring and tracking
- Procedures to respond to a positive case
- COVID-19 leave policies
- Space/task specific procedures
- Communication and training
COVID-19 is at the intersection of many complex scientific, political, economic, and cultural issues. Implementing effective policies requires thoughtful communication with diverse populations. We know this is not an easy task. MFA’s communications specialists have decades of experience helping organizations develop conscientious strategies and engage with internal and external audiences to build trust and maintain credibility, which can be essential to reduce the risk of disease spread and maintain smooth operations.
MFA can provide training to help people understand the hazards and appropriate mitigation and control measures to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission. Training can range from general hazard communication to site-specific or task-specific protocols.
Building Systems Support
In indoor air spaces, particularly those with little airflow, virus particles, when present, can remain suspended in air for hours or even days. Heating Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) systems are responsible for the conditioning/cleaning of our indoor air and dictate the flow patterns in our buildings, both of which may impact the spread of virus particles and the concentration to which occupants are exposed.
MFA’s air quality engineers and scientists can examine the quality of the filtration and the capability of the HVAC system for improved filtration, if needed. We can examine and diagram the flow of air in the building spaces to recommend placement of employees and visitors as well as recommend occupancy levels to reduce the risk of exposure. We can identify areas with poor ventilation that may benefit from supplemental, high-quality, but affordable room filtration that filters the air and recirculates to save on heating and cooling costs while reducing exposure to virus particles. To assist building managers with all of this information, MFA can generate easy to follow color-coded and interactive building maps identifying areas based on the ability to maintain social distancing, occupancy concerns, cleaning regimens and potential airflow issues.
As business and municipalities prepare for return to the workplace, we have to keep our employees and customer’s safety paramount. At the same time, businesses need to be more vigilant than ever about maintaining profitability and keeping people working. Our public sector is also coping with loss of revenue and budget cuts.
MFA provides its clients with expertise in spatial data management and analytics with applications that integrate architectural mapping, engineering, indoor air quality, building/plant demographics, industrial hygiene, and communications.
We combine software applications in a manner that allows users to seamlessly track the health and well-being of staff, visitors, and customers. Our integrated software platforms allow us to provide flexible data gathering and visualization for operational, management, and financial decision-making; assist with identifying regulatory compliance; and provide powerful tools for communication with internal and external audiences. All from user-friendly dashboards and interfaces that can be operated from a desk, tablet, or phone; increasing effectiveness and saving you time and money.