The Asthma Society of Ireland has today launched its 'Back2Work Checklist' as part of its Life Alongside Covid-19 campaign.
Last month, one in four users of the Asthma Society’s Asthma and COPD Adviceline service looked for additional information about returning to work and advice on safe working conditions during Covid-19.
This Checklist, which is designed to support people with asthma and COPD returning to work during the Covid-19 pandemic, will help them manage their condition and remind them of how to best protect themselves in the workplace in light of Covid-19. The Asthma Society’s Back2Work Checklist can be downloaded from asthma.ie.
Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, said: “Over the next number of weeks, many people with both COPD and asthma will be returning to work for the first time since lockdown. Many of these people have expressed their concerns about returning to the workplace.
“In a survey conducted in April, completed by 2,462 people with asthma and COPD, it found that one in four people were concerned about contracting COVID-19 from their colleagues in their workplace.
“These people, who were identified as being vulnerable during COVID-19, need to take extra precautions when returning to the workplace to ensure their risk of contracting COVID-19 is minimal and also to make sure that their condition is well managed to avoid a potentially fatal asthma attack.
“Our Back2Work Checklist will help them do just that and we are calling on both people with asthma and with COPD to follow our checklist to ensure they are as safe as possible at work during COVID-19:”
Asthma and COPD Checklist for Employees:
Manage your condition
Top Tips for managing your condition and keeping well are available here.
Stay COVID-19 aware
Protect yourself and others at work
Ensure your workplace is safe
The Asthma Society’s Back2Work Checklist is part of their overarching Life Alongside COVID-19 campaign which was launched to help people with asthma and COPD returning to the workplace and young people returning to education, stay safe during COVID-19.
Over the next number of months, the Asthma Society will be launching additional resources, including a newly updated Asthma Management booklet, a Back2School Checklist, a series of Facebook lives and a webinar to help ensure people with asthma and COPD and their carers can safely re-adjust to a COVID-19 world.
As part of this campaign, the Asthma Society will be holding a Facebook Live on Tuesday, August 4 at 2:30pm on asthma management in the workplace and on how to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 at work. The Facebook live will be conducted by Respiratory Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Ruth Morrow, and will cover topics such as travelling to work safely, staying COVID-19 aware in the workplace and ensuring the workplace is safe for you and for others. This Facebook live is primarily aimed at employees but it will also be advantageous for employers to watch.
A second version of this Checklist can also be found on asthma.ie specifically for employers. The employer’s version of the Checklist will help employers put measures in place to ensure people with asthma and COPD remain safe in the workplace during COVID-19.
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