Why We Have Requested All Our Office Staff and Temp Workers to Maintain a Contact Log
As an agency that is privileged and proud to provide essential frontline workers that prepare and serve meals to healthcare staff, patients and service users, we take our responsibility toward our staff, temp workers and the wider community, seriously. We recommend that all our Temp Workers maintain a Contact Log. This is because as essential workers, they are travelling to and from work that often involves offering frontline services within a healthcare setting.
We also recommend that our Office Staff maintain a Contact Log. While we have taken steps to minimise face to face interactions by digitalising processes, maintaining social distancing guidelines, staggering work times and offering staff the option to work from home on certain days to minimise the number of people in the office; commuting into work and hiring on frontline staff can bring them in contact with the virus.
Contact Tracing Policy
To this end, our new Contact Tracing Policy has followed best practice and recommended that all Office Staff and Temp Workers to fill in a Daily Contact Log. We’ve communicated this officially, though our HR portal and we’ve sent out texts and WhatsApp messages with information that’s accessible and easy to understand.
So why maintain a Contact Log at all? Maintaining a contact log is important because it helps the Health Service Executive (HSE) prevent the spread of COVID-19 by assisting the HSE’s Contact Tracing Team to quickly, efficiently and accurately Identify Close Contacts of people with COVID-19. This is important because the faster they identify Close Contacts, the quicker they can ask them to self-isolate, therefore protecting other family members and the wider community by restricting the spread of the virus.
This way we’re keeping our loved ones safe and we’re supporting the HSE by ensuring that the virus is not spreading. This means that the number of COVID-19 cases are kept under control so that healthcare works and other workers who work in a healthcare setting are not overwhelmed. Keeping the numbers down also helps ensure that the HSE has sufficient resources for people with COVID-19 who do require hospitalisation or Intensive Care.
Video: How to Maintain a Contact Log
So, how do you maintain a contact log? Watch our video on maintaining a contact log here:
Read more about how to maintain a contact log here with our PDF: How to Distinguish Between a Close Contact and a Casual Contact
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