COVID-19 and its impact on Irish workplaces – OSH professionals experience and observations of preparation and adaptation

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Title: COVID-19 and its impact on Irish workplaces – OSH professionals experience and observations of preparation and adaptation
Authors: Buggy, Conor J.Chen, YanbingRoe, MarkSripaiboonkij, PenpatraDrummond, AnnePerrotta, Carla
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12767
Date: Jan-2022
Online since: 2022-02-17T16:49:17Z
Abstract: Introduction: An investigation of Irish workplace adaptation to COVID-19 was conducted to assess impact to workers, their organisations and to develop new OSH adaptation mechanisms for future health emergencies. Materials and Methods: As part of the study, OSH professionals (n=60), each representing their workplace, took part in a series of semi-structured online focus groups. Each focus group incorporated twenty quantitative questions (covering four themes: organisational preparedness; organisational impacts; worker impacts; and the future of OSH) that were answered anonymously via a poll function. Results: 59 participants completed the questions. 58% of workplaces began pandemic preparations prior to COVID-19 emerging in Ireland. 66% of workplaces remained open while 27% were partially closed. 34% of workplaces had more than half their workforce working from home (5% pre-pandemic). 37% of workplaces had a working from home policy with 54% of workplaces having risk assessments for infectious diseases in place prior to the pandemic. 41% of workplaces had identified a viral pandemic scenario as part of its emergency planning prior to COVID-19. OSH professionals indicated that the majority (63%) of their colleagues understood the control measures instigated as a response to COVID-19 with a greater majority (90%) more willing to accept future workplace changes if they know it is to keep them safe and healthy. Conclusion: Irish workplaces adapted well to the changing OSH landscape that emerged in response to COVID-19. Irish workplaces are now more likely to be able to adapt and respond well to future public health emergencies.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Safety and Health at Work
Volume: 13
Start page: S115
End page: S116
Keywords: COVID-19CoronavirusOccupational saftey and health professionalsPreparedness
DOI: 10.1016/j.shaw.2021.12.1115
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 2093-7911
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ie/
Appears in Collections:Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science Research Collection

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