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1.For tested positive employees, what PROCEDURES do we need to take in terms of COIDA?2020-09-09T11:50:38+02:00

COIDA process is only for COVID-19 that is known, presumed or alleged to be occupationally-acquired. It is important for all workers that an incident investigation be done so that a written documentation and report can be found on each worker and suspected mode of exposure should a dispute arise. The Notice for Occupationally-acquired Coronavirus documents all the forms that need to be completed and where they need to be sent.

2. If an employee is COVID-19 positive, this information may be disclosed in the interest of public health?2020-09-09T11:51:19+02:00

Yes, this information has to be disclosed since it is a notifiable disease. These documents are completed by the treating doctor and sent to the NICD and DOH. However, for contact tracing, confidentiality has to be maintained as far as practically possible. Sometimes if it’s a small company people try to guess or speculate who the positive person is. This is important, since disclosing a person’s identity, that person may not want to notify the company that they tested positive. All workers should know there is a legal obligation to notify the Employer, if they test positive.

3. How do you know a case is occupationally acquired?2020-09-09T11:50:55+02:00

All cases in the work environment should have an incident investigation. The mode of exposure should be established. This is so that there is a documentation trail if any disputes arise later. If there are any disputes, rather complete the COIDA documents and let the Compensation Commissioner make the final adjudication.

4. Who can we contact if an employer is not following the gazette rules regarding positive COVID and close contacts not being allowed to self-quarantine?2020-09-09T11:51:51+02:00

Contact the Department of Labour. Below is a table of The Department of Employment and Labour Provincial Chief Inspectors and Occupational Health Specialists mobile and office contact numbers. If the Provincial OHS and Chief inspector cannot be contacted then send an email to the Chief Inspector Mr Tibor Szana:

5. What information should the Incident Investigation template contain?2020-09-09T13:56:53+02:00

These are easily available online and follow the same process assessment as for an injury-on-duty assessment.
1. Immediate action
2. Plan the investigation
3. Data collection
4. Data analysis
5. Corrective actions
6. Reporting

6. How to manage anxiety of colleagues when a positive case is confirmed.2020-09-09T13:57:02+02:00

The best way to manage anxiety in workers is for them to know that management is well prepared to deal with a positive COVID case and to have open lines of communication.

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