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Workplace Health Saf ; 69(4): 154-160, 2021 Apr.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1159537


BACKGROUND: Planning occupational health and wellness services and support directed toward low-wage, essential workers in the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a number of challenges across work settings. This article explores the concerns and needs of low-wage essential workers as understood by experts in the field. METHODS: Leading experts in the areas of occupational health and safety, risk management, insurance, and professional education/training were identified and invited to participate in a Round Table discussion. Questions posed to experts were based on literature that addressed COVID-19, essential workers, low-wage workers, infection transmission, education/training, and social justice. FINDINGS: Experts agreed that special considerations must be in place to address the concerns and needs of the low-wage essential worker. These special considerations should address not only the worker's occupational experience but their family and home environment, fears and anxieties, and the economic impact of the COVID-19 restrictions and requirements. CONCLUSION/APPLICATION TO PRACTICE: The occupational health professional is a key resource to employers charged with addressing the concerns and needs of low-wage, essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Income/statistics & numerical data , Occupational Exposure/adverse effects , Workforce/statistics & numerical data , COVID-19/etiology , COVID-19/prevention & control , Humans , Occupational Exposure/statistics & numerical data , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pandemics/statistics & numerical data