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By Kerry Needs   |  
April 21st, 2020

To the frontline heroes: here’s our gift to you

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In just a few weeks, the world has changed entirely. Borders shut, shops and restaurants closed, and a global pandemic sweeping the earth. It has been an uncertain and destabilizing time for many of us, particularly those on the frontline. Healthcare workers, emergency services, and the education and volunteer industries are the most affected right now.

Here at SafetyCulture, we decided it was time to act – and do something to support these ‘Frontline Heroes’ so they feel better equipped to deal with their response to their community.

We’ve surfaced a list of free resources that teams working in these sectors can use, completely free.

Healthcare

Health care workers are at the center of the epidemic. They are putting their lives at risk, and even their coworkers and families lives at risk by dealing with this crisis.

There are several things that healthcare workers can do to mitigate further illness and prevent their staff and patients from getting sick.

Resources for healthcare heroes 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Hospital Readiness Checklist (CDC)
Hospitals can use this checklist to help ensure that the medical staff is equipped with addressing COVID-19 cases and help prevent its spread. 

COVID-19 Healthcare Providers Preparedness Checklist (CDC)
This healthcare providers checklist can be used to review the steps in the preparation for transport and arrival of patients with confirmed or possible cases of COVID-19. 

Hand Hygiene Audit Checklist
Use this hand hygiene audit checklist to assess hand hygiene practices based on WHO’s Five Moments. 

Social Distancing Plan for Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities
Nursing homes and adult care facility administrators can utilize this template to create a social distancing protocol to help protect the health of residents and reduce the risk of infection among them and their carers. 

COVID-19: Screening Checklist for Visitors and Employees
Healthcare providers and assisted living providers can use this COVID-19 screening checklist to help ensure the safety of their institutions and control the spread. 

Home Healthcare Worker Safety Checklist
This checklist is built according to NIOSH Hazard Review: Occupational Hazards in Home Healthcare, and it encompasses areas such as safe patient handling, infection control, and more. 

Emergency Services

Our emergency services are currently working around the clock under immense pressure to deal with the virus. An unprecedented level of crisis has hit the services, and these organizations need to respond both quickly and effectively to keep people safe. These resources will enable emergency services staff (ambulance, fire and police services) to protect themselves and the communities they are working in.

Resources for emergency services heroes 

PPE: Face Mask Inspection Checklist
Use this face mask inspection checklist to help ensure that all respiratory equipment are in good working condition. 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Risk Assessment Template
Document workplace hazards, risk ratings and control measures.

Crisis Management Plan Template
A crisis management plan template is used by managers, supervisors, and executives in an organization to maintain functionality and safety for its stakeholders when a crisis occurs. 

Education

Education workers are also significantly affected by the epidemic. Many schools are closed, while others are moving towards a remote learning environment. Those operating in open schools still have to prepare secure and hygienic standards for face-to-face learning.

Resources for education heroes 

Coronavirus COVID-19 Home Study Self Assessment Checklist
Individuals can use this checklist to perform assessments for home based workers and students to take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Business Continuity Plan Template
Prepare emergency procedures for risks using this business continuity plan template. Identify the scope, business functions at risk and outline roles and responsibilities of key people. 

Social Distancing Plan Template for Schools Checklist
For schools in cities that are not on lockdown, campus managers can use this social distancing plan template to establish school practices that promote social distancing. 

Volunteer Organizations

It’s not just paid staff that are in danger. Thousands of volunteers around the world are currently affected by the pandemic, and they are still continuing to support people in need. These resources are aimed at helping organizations respond by keeping their volunteers healthy, and their places of congregation safe for their communities. 

Resources for volunteer heroes 

COVID-19 Community and Faith-based Organizations Checklist (CDC)
Community and Faith-based Organizations can use this checklist to help ensure that key members can prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak. 

Social Distancing Plan for Congregate Settings
This social distancing plan template can help those managing congregate settings (e.g. assisted living facilities, homeless shelters, prisons, detention centers, and schools) implement measures that abide by specific social distancing guidelines and requirements of their respective governments. 

COVID-19 Cleaning and Personal Hygiene Inspection Checklist
Use this checklist to ensure you are following CDC guidelines for cleaning and hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

PPE: Face Mask Inspection Checklist
Use this face mask inspection checklist to help ensure that respiratory equipment is in good working condition. 

Important Notice
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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