What are the keys to taking care of the health of workers in a pandemic?

Vaccination against Covid-19 It is progressing and the idea of ​​returning to the offices is getting closer and closer. While it is likely not in the short term, steps must already be taken for the return. One of them is the safety of the worker in his work center and during his work.

Recall that according to the statistics of the International Labor Organization (ILO) before the pandemic, every 15 seconds, 160 workers suffered work-related accidents and one employee died from an accident or occupational disease.

In this context lies the importance that cutting-edge professionals consider, within the development of their work, safety at work, being clear that it is much more than a requirement of regulatory compliance.

Identifying the hazards and risks of workers, and taking control measures to ensure a safe workplace is no longer the task of a specific area. Our joint challenge is to promote healthy and harmonious spaces, considering mental health as a priority axis to be addressed; If we have employees with stress, depression and / or anxiety, we will have greater accidents, high absenteeism from work and, therefore, low productivity in work activities”, He stated Luisa carrion, academic coordinator of the program and manager of the QHSE of Grupo Átomo, specialists in safety, health and the environment.

In this sense, the specialist points out that the keys to improving the health and safety of workers in times of pandemic focus on the following axes:

  1. Segmented workers. A great challenge for occupational safety and health (OSH) is for companies to have a robust and well-accompanied management system that allows managing three types of workers: in-person vaccinated, in-person non-vaccinated and remote workers. Taking into account its identified dangers, its risks evaluated and with safe and healthy control measures, both physically and mentally.
  2. Mental health programs. Statistics indicate that the mental health of 8 out of 10 Peruvians has been impacted now that there is a greater work overload, and spaces shared with other family members to work and / or study. “Wellbeing programs should be promoted that can cover all the realistic needs of its employees,” explains Luisa.
  3. Relaxation tools. It is important to prevent and control stressful situations through intervention tools that contribute to the well-being of the worker, to make better decisions at critical moments. “For example, mindfulness is used, which is a breathing technique, in which thoughts, emotions and behaviors are regulated. We also have the tools of relaxation with imagery, in which through breathing and imagination you can reduce stress and anxiety. On the other hand, neurolinguistic programming tools or time management tools, such as the Eisenhower quadrant, the Pomodoro technique and the Getting Things Done Method ”.
  4. Occupational psychology. Psychology at work improves the work environment and team spirit. “Psychology is a fundamental axis that is becoming increasingly important in the organizations of the future, because beyond helping employees to manage stress, anxiety, demotivation, burnout, among others, it allows detecting under what tasks or in what type of work there are more psychosocial risks. This is vital for the organization, because it can prevent occupational accidents, improve productivity and promote teamwork ”, he added.

Luisa carrion, academic coordinator of the UTEC Graduate Workplace Health and Safety Management and Innovation program, insisted that awareness should be raised about the importance of occupational health and safety as important values ​​in the productivity of the organization, since they are the collaborators who make the development of a company possible.

For this reason, he invited interested professionals to participate in the specialization program ‘Management and Innovation of Health and Safety at Work’, which consists of 102 hours and will begin on August 17. Those interested click .


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