Checklists keep us safe
Many standards coming out of COVID-19 are still new to many businesses, and it’s crucial to adopt simple processes all employees can follow to safely and efficiently get back to business. Health and the economy don’t have to be a zero-sum game. We can have both and still get back to business. Economies will come back, but not as they were before.
The challenges of COVID-19 sometimes feel too big and complicated to know where to begin. In the same way that pilots and surgeons use a simple checklist to perform highly complex tasks safely, we can help businesses bring simplicity and proactivity to a complex and fluid set of challenges. We need checklists to keep us safe.
Stay ahead of the curve with frequent inspections
Your ability to respond rapidly rests on two things — how much you know, and what your team is equipped to do about it. You need visibility to see what needs to change quickly, and a proactive and empowered team who are able to act. Get oversight into areas that need your attention, both immediately, and for the longer term.
Distribute checklists to employees and collect the data that matters
Public health and reopening guidelines are changing every day. To keep your business up-to-speed with the latest guidance, a simple digital checklist, which can be updated in seconds and deployed to your entire workforce instantly, is key.
In many countries around the world, dates for business closures and reopening have been unpredictable. In the first phases of the global lockdown, many countries closed their borders with 24-48 hours of notice, leaving many tourism and aviation businesses scrambling to deal with the fallout. As countries reopen, businesses may be given a few days notice to quickly prepare to reopen and ensure their organization meets the new health standards. With digital checklists, businesses can prepare for the unknown by loading all the checklists in a system, sharing it with employees ahead of time, and managing expectations from day 1 of reopening.
Checklists allow you to conduct quick checks, without missing anything crucial
Checklists help promote standardization of processes throughout an organization. Checklists are a great tool to improve workflow, encourage best practices, and to make sure that critical steps are not missed.
Take aged care facilities for example. Even having one staff or resident contracting COVID-19 within a facility could be fatal. Many facilities are implementing and increasing checks for sanitization, staff temperatures, PPE, food handling, and cleaning procedures. What may have been a weekly audit from a corporate manager in the past, is now daily, if not hourly checks by staff. Traditional methods like using a checklist printed on a piece of paper are too variable and unreliable. With a digital trail of all checks being conducted, staff, managers, residents, and family members can rest assured that the people in the community are kept safe. All with a simple checklist.
We believe that everybody should have access to the right information and the tools to keep people safe. Over the past few months, we’ve seen an increase in iAuditor templates designed to help individuals and organizations apply COVID-19 safety measures to their workplaces. Here are some of the top templates:
- COVID-19 Risk Assessment Template
- Business Reopening Plan
- Return to Work
- Business Continuity Plan
- Prevention And Mitigation Of COVID-19 At Work Action Checklist
- COVID-19 Cleaning and Personal Hygiene Inspection
- Hand Hygiene
- PPE Safety Inspections
- Social Distancing Plan
- Temperature Log
The information contained in this article is general in nature and you should consider whether the information is appropriate to your specific needs. Legal and other matters referred to in this article are based on our interpretation of laws existing at the time and should not be relied on in place of professional advice. We are not responsible for the content of any site owned by a third party that may be linked to this article. SafetyCulture disclaims all liability (except for any liability which by law cannot be excluded) for any error, inaccuracy, or omission from the information contained in this article, any site linked to this article, and any loss or damage suffered by any person directly or indirectly through relying on this information.
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