Classification of occupational exposure to COVID-19 risk

Derived from a recently completed world organisation and occupational health institute survey, it has been determined useful to bring to attention wich occupation during COVID-19 face occupational health and safety risks.  In addition, the list below provides indication of highest levels of risks exposure depending on type of occupation.

  • Very high exposure risk – high potential for occupational exposure to known or suspected sources of Covid-19 during specific medical, post-mortem, or laboratory procedures that create aerosols in the air.
  • High exposure risk – jobs that may come in close contact with known or suspected sources of Covid-19, such as workers who most provide personal care, transport in enclosed vehicles, delivery and support to known or suspected Covid-19 patients, their bodies, immediate environment and contaminated objects.
  • Medium exposure risk – jobs that require frequent and/or close contact with people who may be infected with Covid-19 but who are not known or suspected Covid-19 patients.
  • Lower exposure risk –  jobs are those that do not require contact with people known to be, or suspected of being, infected with Covid-19 nor frequent close contact with the general public. Workers in this category have minimal occupational contact with the public and other co-workers from locations with widespread Covid-19 transmission. In areas where there is ongoing community transmission, workers in this category may have contact with the general public (e.g. schools, high-population-density work environments, some high-volume retail settings).
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