As businesses start to reopen under lockdown level 3, we at OmniVision wish to share our experience of implementing COVID-19 mitigation measures in the workplace.
We take our role as security provider very seriously, and realising the devastating effect an out of control virus could have on our operations, OmniVision began implementing measures to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 on March 16th, well before the official start of the lockdown (March 26th) and at a time when the country only had some 64 confirmed cases (0 deaths). Mitigation measures include:
- Personal Protection Equipment, in the form of masks and sanitiser, have been provided to all staff.
- Protocols are in place for the use of sanitiser for any person entering the control room.
- Workstations have been reconfigured in the control room to ensure social distancing.
- Workstations are regularly sterilised.
- Temperature testing for all staff at the start of each shift as well as screening for symptoms.
- To ensure smooth operations and to allow them time to organise safe transport, private transportation was provided for each operator between their home and the workplace, free of charge, for approximately 6 weeks.
- A secondary control room was established to separate shifts and minimise the chances of spreading infection.
Even with these measures in place, on May the 15th we received our first positive result for a staff member tested for COVID-19. This resulted in the immediate, professional decontamination of the control room using a medical grade UV-C disinfection treatment by Equip4Less. In accordance with guidelines on dealing with positive COVID-19 tests, OmniVision arranged a programme of rolling tests for all staff which resulted in more positive cases being found and additional decontamination rounds. All positive staff were quarantined and remained so for at least the recommended 14 days from the date of testing.
As a designated essential service, OmniVision has operated at full capacity throughout the lockdown and we are very pleased to report that, as of June the 8th, all control room staff that tested positive for COVID-19 have made a full recovery and returned to work. Furthermore, after close monitoring, no staff currently display any symptoms of the disease.
Our stringent workplace safety policies will help to ensure that this status is maintained for some time to come.