Serve, Share, Support – In the Time of COVID-19

Jessica Cofer Blog


Our world has been turned upside down over the past month or so, not only professionally, but personally, too. The ways in which we work and live have changed considerably, and we are all adjusting to our new normal. As an organization, NATS continues to fulfill our mission to serve, share and support our team, our clients and our industry, and to serve as a resource during this pandemic.

Risk Assessment
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is updating its situation summary as quickly as the situation evolves, the risk of COVID-19 depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people; the severity of resulting illness; and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccines or medications that can treat the illness) and the relative success of these.

In the absence of vaccine or treatment medications, non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g. social distancing, hand washing, face masks) become the most important response strategy. These are community interventions that can reduce the impact of disease.

Earlier this month, NATS published “Assessing the Risk of COVID-19” as it applies to our industry and our personal lives. Within, we identify how to apply the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Hierarchy of Controls to the pandemic focusing on Elimination, Substitution, Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls and PPE. A document defining these is available for download in both English and Spanish to share with colleagues, family and friends.

Critical Infrastructure
Since its inception, NATS has worked with critical infrastructure industries around the world, and now is no different. We continue to provide our services to our colleagues in power and utility, oil and gas, government and municipalities, and public safety – just in different ways.

We have transitioned to offering virtual training for some of our course offerings, including Empower the Educator, Leadership Development, Electrical Hazard Awareness Training, and OSHA 10-Hour For Arborists, OSHA 10-Hour General Industry and OSHA 30-Hour for Arborists Supervisors.

Additionally, we have developed written programs and resources that can be delivered electronically, including safety manuals, employee handbooks, job safety analysis/job briefing forms, OSHA written programs, tailgate safety programs, and vehicle and equipment inspection checklists. In regards to consulting, we can virtually provide safety monitoring and auditing, and risk management. To help cultivate personal and professional resiliency, we are able to offer Health & Wellness programs, include Personal and Organizational Quality Assessments, vitality programs, and HeartMath Resilience Programs, all on a digital platform. (For more on HeartMath, click here.)

As always, NATS is at-the-ready to support critical infrastructure industries through our consulting and site safety services.

We are in This Together
We are reaching out personally to offer our support through recently-created virtual platforms. One of these is OSHA Compliance in Response to COVID-19, a FREE webinar series designed to help prepare the workplace to address COVID-19 compliance in accordance with OSHA and CDC guidelines.

Additionally, we are offering foundational health tips from NATS’ Health and Wellness Director, Dr. Amanda Carpenter, PT, DPT. The FREE webinar, available online, provides an in-depth look at how individuals and families can use simple tools and techniques to stay healthy, focused and improve the quality of their lives during stressful times.

One of NATS’ pillars is to empower individuals with the resources needed to safely perform their jobs so that at the end of the day, everyone returns home safely to their friends and family. Contact us for more information on how we can help during this current pandemic, and for when we resume our in-person trainings.

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