Clinical Trials and COVID-19: Challenges and Guidance

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, pharmaceutical, biologic, and medical device companies conducting or planning to conduct clinical trials may be faced with challenges related to quarantines, travel limitations, site closures or access restrictions, infection transmission concerns of site research personnel and study subjects. These companies want to ensure that the trial participant’s safety and the […]

April’s San Francisco HCSO Reporting for 2019 Cancelled

No 2019 Annual Report COVID-19 has turned the world upside down.  Mayor London Breed issued a supplement dated February 25, 2020 to the Emergency Proclamation stating that the work required to compile and report the data necessary would require some employers to engage in non-essential travel to their places of business and would place further economic strain on […]

Paying Employees During COVID-19

By: Chana Anderson & Megan Coen Counties all over the country have instituted mandatory “shelter-in-place” orders for residents. Only businesses considered “essential services” may remain open. With millions of Americans forced to stay home, employers must understand what pay employees are entitled to during these quarantine orders. Below are strategies our clients are utilizing, as […]

Workplace Preparedness: General OSHA Questions & Responses

By: ABD Occupational Health & Safety Team   Q: What response does OSHA require by an employer if an employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19? A: In California, Cal/OSHA requires employers to implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), which requires employers to evaluate and control hazards in the workplace. Fed/OSHA uses the General Duty […]

Workers’ Compensation: Best Practice Responses During COVID-19 Pandemic

By: ABD Occupational Health & Safety Team Workers’ compensation provides benefits to employees for occupational injuries, illnesses and diseases that arise out of and in the course of employment, Arising Out of Employment / Course of Employment (AOE/COE). Example of an occupational disease: Ship worker develops lung disease from exposure to asbestos may be occupational […]

Work from Home Starter Guide: Adjusting Ergonomically, Safely, and Successfully

By: ABD Occupational Health & Safety Team Many employers, whose business operations allow, have implemented interim work from home guidelines. This decision is driven based on the health of their employees, school closures, local shelter in place orders, and government mandated quarantine restrictions. The following are suggestions to consider when implementing a temporary work from […]

Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Employees

By: The Occupational Health and Safety Team For many, COVID-19 brings about feelings of anxiety and fear, coupled with difficulty focusing on work due to constantly evolving information and uncertainty around the impact of a global pandemic on our personal and professional lives. Whether your employees are currently working remote, performing essential business functions, or […]

Occupational Medical Health Clinics – Preparedness Matters

By: ABD Occupational Health & Safety Team The coronavirus (COVID-19) is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and all medical facilities, including occupational medical clinics, sing the same tune when it comes to their top priority – the health and wellbeing of their patients, customers, and healthcare staff. For the most part, occupational medical clinics have […]

Stay Healthy with Telehealth and Virtual Visits

Consider using your virtual health benefits at this time In uncertain times, it’s only natural to want to visit the doctor’s office or hospital if you have an injury, aren’t feeling well, or are simply worried about contracting COVID-19. However, many facilities are unequipped to manage an influx of patients and are low on critical […]