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Show Employees That You Care: Creating a Safe Work Playbook

From the beginning of 2020, we’ve seen a shift in how businesses operate. Human resources offices have been flooded with requests for more information on how businesses are handling the COVID-19 pandemic in regards to employee safety and best practices. Law offices have been flooded with requests for lawsuits against the businesses that didn’t. As businesses have their employees return to work, it will be in their best interest to create a “Safe Work Playbook.”

Historically, workplace safety concerns began with the labor movement during the Industrial Revolution in Europe. Workers formed unions and demanded safer workplace conditions. From its roots in Europe to workplaces globally today, most workplace safety manuals went over general safety practices, reporting etc. but they were missing something – a pandemic safety section. While no one could have predicted the massive global impact the pandemic had, now more than ever business owners need to ensure their employees and customers alike that they have a plan of action for how they will be handling guidelines from the CDC, WHO, and more.

Safe Work Playbooks are a great way to disperse this type of information to employees in an easy to understand manner. They can be as informative as you want and are highly customizable. Most safe work playbooks include information on topics such as site operations, cleaning and sanitization outlines , auditing of cleaning teams, employee training, general health and wellness, communicating these plans to employees and more.

In an interesting turn of events, global automotive seating and electrical system manufacturer Lear pivoted to begin creating protective face masks in addition to their usual items. Taking pandemic response one step further, they now have also created the standard for Safe Work Playbooks. Theirs has become the go-to template to use for many different businesses and industries. “We created the Safe Work Playbook to be practical and periodically updated with the latest information for prioritizing employee well-being and reopening our plants, when it is appropriate to do so,” said Ray Scott, Lear president and CEO in an interview with Aftermarket News. “While this is not a one-size-fits-all approach, we are sharing these potentially helpful recommendations with other companies as they develop their own plans for resuming operations. By continuing to support the global business community, we hope to further address the current healthcare crisis.” The first edition Safe Work Playbook, which was published April 6, has been downloaded 18,000 times by companies from multiple industries, civic organizations and non-governmental groups.

Their second version of the interactive guide for “COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and response” features a wide range of topics, including:

      • Step-by-step guides for setting up a pandemic response team
      • Cleaning and disinfection procedures
      • Scheduling staggered shifts and lunch breaks and other social distancing strategies
      • On-site health screenings
      • Protocols for isolating employees who become ill at work

While specific industries’ needs and expectations will always differ, a Safe Work Playbook is always a good idea. Even if your company chooses to write their own Safe Work Playbook, perusing others such as Lear’s and energy manufacturing company Cummins’ playbooks can help inform what type of information is best suited for your business’ needs. At Tulu, we believe in proof of work. As business owners, it’s our responsibility to keep employees and patrons safe. By creating a Safe Work Playbook, you can show the people you’re responsible for that you care and are prepared.