At SureHire, we are committed to our mandate of returning
workers to a safe, healthy, and productive working environment. That's why we’ve developed
the COVID-19 Automated Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Questionnaire to help
employers manage the risk of transmission on the job site.
Pre-existing conditions (such as seasonal allergies, asthma, etc.) can mimic the symptoms of COVID-19, which can result in employees being unnecessarily flagged and sent off-site to self-isolate. The COVID-19 Automated HRA Questionnaire is designed to collect comparative data on a daily basis regarding the symptoms of pre-existing conditions, allowing employers to make more informed decisions about the health and safety of everyone on the job.
This automated program will prompt each worker to complete a daily questionnaire on their smart device prior to travelling to work. The data will then be reviewed to ensure that there are no red flags regarding their health. The program also has the ability to keep a record of daily temperature screening, antibody test results (pending Health Canada’s approval of antibody detection devices) and contact tracking (e.g. list of who a worker travelled to site within a specific work vehicle).
HOW IT WORKS
Employees are entered into the SureLink database and sent a baseline questionnaire, in which they will be asked to disclose pre-existing conditions (such as seasonal allergies, asthma, etc.) that can mimic the symptoms of COVID-19. Once the baseline questionnaire has been completed and submitted, employees will receive a prompt via SMS text or email to complete their daily COVID-19 questionnaire. The results will be analyzed individually based on health services standards and in comparison to their baseline responses.
If the daily questionnaire identifies a red flag, the manager will receive a notification alerting them of the need to assess an employee’s work readiness status. The system can also be customized to provide collection of daily temperature screening results, antibody detection results (pending Health Canada’s approval of antibody detection devices) and tracking of employees’ vehicle number, seating plan, and names of people in the vehicle to allow for basic contact tracing.
Managers will have access to each employee’s profile of daily questionnaire results with privacy restrictions based on SureHire’s strict drug and alcohol and medical testing privacy settings. Managers also have the ability to speak with a SureHire medical professional to review case files in the event of a questionnaire red flag.
What are the benefits?
SureHire’s HRA reduces risk of worksite interruption from COVID-19 by providing critical data on worker symptoms related to pre-existing medical conditions (eg. seasonal allergies that exhibit symptoms of coughing and a runny nose, breathing difficulties related to asthma, etc.). This offers employers the ability to more effectively manage workers who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but who haven’t been officially diagnosed with COVID-19. This, in turn, reduces the risk of worker exposure to COVID-19 from co-workers. The automated program will prompt each worker to complete a daily questionnaire on their smart device prior to travelling to work. This data will then be reviewed to ensure that there are no red flags regarding their health.
What are the drawbacks?
The questionnaire does not guarantee that a worker does not have COVID-19. The assessment relies on honest self-reporting, which may not always happen. Additionally, a worker with a pre-existing medical condition that has symptoms similar to COVID-19 can still contract the virus. This assessment is designed only to give employers more context around each worker’s health situation related to COVID-19, as well as ammunition to mitigate operational risk and worker risk through more informed and reasonable decision making.
Are there privacy issues relate to collecting health information?
There are no privacy issues related to collecting a worker’s health information because the information collected does not contain any identifying health information related to specific diagnosed medical illnesses or conditions. The assessment simply focuses on symptoms that can mimic COVID-19, so the responses collected from the questionnaires are not classified as health information.
Contact us to learn more about our Automated Health Risk Assessment Questionnaire so you can get your employees back on the job site.