ABSG Consulting Inc (ABS Consulting) has launched the Restart Risk Model to help commercial and public organisations resume operations safely as restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic begin to ease.
The Restart Risk Model builds on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), offering a way for organisations to systematically evaluate the risk of disease transmission to their sites, operations, and work areas. This risk-based framework will help organisations develop a plan to restart operations with enhanced working practices that address the ‘new normal’ business environment after the pandemic.
“As governments begin to lift restrictions, business leaders will want to act quickly – but how do they bring employees back to their worksites safely?” asks Ryan Moody, President and CEO at ABS Group. “This is something all organisations are grappling with. Our framework offers a practical way to address these decisions. The Restart Risk Model is designed to support decision-making about reopening and modifying work operations and monitoring risk as conditions change and new guidance emerges.”
ABS Consulting has a long history in developing risk management programs to mitigate emerging threats including natural hazards, major accidents and terrorism. The Restart Risk Model leverages industry-specific templates developed by ABS Consulting to assess an organisation’s site and develop a custom risk profile. Through a systematic process, ABS Consulting will work with a client to document current risk controls for worker safety and make recommended mitigation controls for back-to-work scenarios and opening and closing of sites. Controls include prohibition of certain activities, decontamination and sanitisation, social distancing, personal protective equipment, isolating symptomatic employees and managing third-party interactions.
The Restart Risk Model also includes an integrated dashboard that provides a visualisation of risk levels at work sites. As conditions and guidance evolve, organisations can easily see where they need to adapt.
“We have taken an engineering approach to build a process and model for systematically analysing scenarios and making recommendations to manage risks to worker safety,” says Matt Mowrer, Director of the Product Development and Innovation Center at ABS Consulting. “These practical tools will give businesses the ability to quickly build plans for how to resume operations when the time comes.”
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