EHPEA COVID-19 task force team organized a virtual training on COVID-19 workplace Protocol Implementation Practices. The training delivered with the objective of sensitizing the workers in response to the pandemic on their daily work place movement and promote the implementation of best practices. On the training 28 assigned focal person from the farms were in attendance.
The training followed as part of the activity plan on the developed “COVID-19 Workplace Protocol” in May 2020, to be used in the horticulture sector with an objective to mitigate the adverse impact of the pandemic. The protocol outlined specifically to highlight the importance of strong mitigation systems in the workplace, particularly concerning COVID-19 prevention and containment measure to assist the farms to build strong healthy workplaces and create a platform to exchange best practices of each farms in response of COVID-19.
On the virtual training participants reflected their opinions that the protocol and the posters provided by the association benefited the farms to educate their employees. They also raised and discussed their challenges such as; shortage of quality fabric mask and disinfectant materials, even though the farms tripled their employees service bus availability regardless of the cost they face space allocation difficulty on a daily base are the major issues.
Most of the farms expressed their preparedness by allocating an isolation area for suspected cases in the future and establishing communication with the nearest health bureau. In addition to this farms continuously avail face masks, hand washing facility and temperature check-up with in their compound.
At the conclusion participants stressed on government due attention in reaching out the surrounding community to raise awareness towards the spread of the pandemic.