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Safety In Paradise Helps Employers to Plan Occupational Safety, Health During COVID-19 Crisis

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The Safety In Paradise (SIP) Program is closely monitoring COVID-19 which is a global health care concern.  Containing the virus at this point is especially critical to reduce the spread of the disease and its impact on businesses, workers, customers, and the general public.  Employers must have a plan in place to address this and other potentially disruptive conditions.

As a result of the ongoing pandemic, Safety In Paradise is offering free assistance to members of the business community.  Although in-person contact is currently limited as we maintain social distancing, the consultation staff is readily available to assist businesses remotely.

What is Safety In Paradise?    

Safety In Paradise is a free and confidential Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) consultation service provided by the University of the Virgin Islands – Center for Excellence and Leadership and Learning (UVICELL).  Services are available at no cost to private-sector employers and non-profits.  SIP’s goal is to help employers establish and maintain effective occupational safety and health programs to keep the workplace healthful and safe.  Services are available in English and Spanish.

To assist the business community, the current online services are available:

Formal Training Topics:

OSHA’s Guidelines on Protecting Workers from the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV or Covid-19)

Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134

Guidance for use of respirators and fit-testing for workers exposed to COVID-19

Record Keeping: Are COVID-19 cases recordable?

OSHA Compliance Assistance:

Applying OSHA’s hierarchy of controls to current operations:

How to protect workers during COVID-19 operations, what new controls your company may need?

Limited online guidance for job hazard analysis for current tasks

Development/Update of the Company’s Health and Safety Programs:

Respiratory Protection Program

Bloodborne Pathogens

Exposure Control Plans

Cleaning and Sanitizing Guidance

Safety In Paradise hopes people take advantage of these free services.

Please visit the Safety In Paradise website at http://safety.uvi.edu.

For online assistance, send an email to safetyinparadise@uvi.edu or complete the form using the following link — https://forms.gle/ehyAAEGD7gQW9ZqL7

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