The COVID-19 pandemic was unprecedented and saw many companies drastically revise how employees and visitors access the workplace. One of the biggest changes we have been seeing, are some companies asking people to fill in a health questionnaire before they are allowed to enter a location.
1. Have you experienced any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 48 hours?
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
2. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days?
3. Are you currently awaiting results from a COVID-19 test?
4. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a licensed healthcare provider (for example, a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other) in the past 10 days?
5.Have you been told that you are suspected to have COVID-19 by a licensed healthcare provider in the past 10 days?
Health screening questions in the EU
The EUOccupational Safety and Health Administration (EU-OSHA) has a guide that recommends “instructing workers, contractors and customers that anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 C or more) needs to stay at home.”
Many governments provide more detailed guidance of what sort of symptoms mean people should not be allowed into the workplace and what sort of questions companies are allowed to ask visitors. These are usually detailed on their respective websites.
Health screening questions in the UK
The guidance on the British Government website says employers must: “Ensure any workers who have symptoms of COVID-19 self-isolate immediately and continue for the next 10 full days.” A health questionnaire could help enforce this measure by reminding employees with symptoms not to come in.
Health screening questions in the rest of the world
Different countries rely on different organizations for health and safety regulations, and while the rules are often similar you should always check local guidelines.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends following local rules and regulations, and advises “workers who are unwell or who develop symptoms to stay at home, self isolate and contact a medical professional.” Health questionnaires can play a key role in identifying anyone who is unwell or has symptoms.
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