The Asthma Society of Ireland has launched a host of new resources designed to support people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in returning to work safely.
Two checklists were produced for employees and employers respectively, which help people to both manage their condition at work while also outlining the necessary safety steps employers should take in the wake of Covid-19 for vulnerable staff.
As part of the Back2Work campaign, the Asthma Society also hosted a Facebook live Q&A session with respiratory advanced nurse practitioner, Ruth Morrow. Topics such as travelling to work safely and remaining aware of Covid-19 in the workplace were covered and can be watched back here.
The initiative was developed after one in four users of the Asthma Society’s asthma and COPD adviceline service looked for additional information on returning to work safely in July.
Approximately 380,000 people in Ireland have asthma, with those who experience mild-moderate asthma more likely to experience severe symptoms of Covid-19, should they contract it. While those with severe asthma and COPD are ‘extremely medically vulnerable’ and must take additional steps to stay safe.
The steps outlined in this advice are to prevent the contraction of Covid-19 at work for medically vulnerable people, but if you feel unwell you should not attend work, even if all precautionary steps are in place.
For the employee Back2Work checklist, click here.
For the employer Back2Work checklist, click here.
Review the Back2Work Facebook live event here.
For more information, click here.
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