Getting Back To Work: Protecting Your Employees From COVID-19

Getting Back To Work: Protecting Your Employees From COVID-19

Many Americans are getting ready to go back to work, but they want to know that they are going to be safe. Employers need to take every precaution to protect their employees from contracting the coronavirus.

Employers must put in place preventative measures for interactions between staff and the public. The CDC’s recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting the workplace should be implemented prior to opening back up for business.

Personal protective equipment for staff must be provided as well as methods and best practices for maintain social distancing in the workplace. Additionally, sick leave policies and practices should be supportive and flexible to ensure a healthy environment in and outside the workplace.

To prevent and mitigate the risk of transmitting the coronavirus, routine staff screening is necessary. All efforts taken to safeguard the workplace must ensure that the privacy of individuals personal health information is protected.

Although not fool-proof, many businesses are adopting a non-invasive thermal scan. Employees with a temperature reading above 100.4 Fahrenheit are sent home. An individual with an elevated temperature should undergo standard novel coronavirus screening.

Workers with possible COVID-19 should work with their local and state health departments to coordinate testing. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers.

Symptoms of the coronavirus typically experience a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some people infected with the virus have reported experiencing other non-respiratory symptoms. Not all novel coronavirus patients exhibit symptoms, in fact asymptomatic carriers are still able to spread the virus (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

“Everyone needs to get back to work, that said, no one wants to put themselves at risk. As we re-open our doors, organizations need to protect their employees. A thermal scan is critical to mitigating the dangers of COVID-19.” – Frank Costa, President NEXGEN Protection Services.

To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions it is important for all employers to implement policies and procedures that:

  • Prompt identification and isolation of potentially infectious individuals to protect workers, customers, visitors, and others at a worksite.
  • Educate and encourage employees to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Implement policies and procedures for employees to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Paid Sick Leave
Governor Cuomo signed emergency legislation guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security)
The CARES Act provides support for Americans who are unable to work due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but do not qualify for traditional Unemployment Insurance. For more information go to: https://dol.ny.gov/coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-cares-act.

Rent, Mortgage & Student Loans
State and federal agencies offer relief from payments for rent, mortgages and student loans. For more information visit https://forward.ny.gov/know-your-rights.

It’s critical that we all continue to adhere to State and local guidance as well as recommendations from the CDC as we all get back to work.

We are all in this together.

About NEXGEN Protection Services
NEXGEN Protection offers a wide range of security solutions to mitigate the high-risk threats unique to your business.

Frank Costa is NEXGEN’s Chief Protection Officer. Frank brings over 20 years from the world of risk management, security protection and investigations experience to protect your business’s bottom line. Costa is also on staff as senior security and counter-terrorism supervisor for a large transportation network. He provides critical security expertise to protect the public.

Every day the NEXGEN Security Team is on the front line, utilizing cutting edge technology to monitor, research and provide security protection to offset threats to your organization and employees.

Business owners, landlords, property managers, and legal teams throughout the New York State region contract NEXGEN Protection.

To learn more about NEXGEN Protection visit our website at http://nexgenpi.com.

NEXGEN Protection Screening Services

NEXGEN Protection Services announces a new non-invasive screening service for employers.

NEXGEN Announces New Thermographic Screening Service Protecting Employees From Coronavirus Infections

NEXGEN Protection Services announces a new non-invasive screening service for employers. Business needs to open back up safely, while not perfect, thermal screening is capable of reading people’s temperatures from as far as 15 feet.

It’s an option that provides businesses with some level of oversight and control. Symptoms typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some people infected with the virus have reported experiencing other non-respiratory symptoms. Not all novel coronavirus patients exhibit symptoms, in fact asymptomatic carriers are still able to spread the virus (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Online retail giant Amazon uses thermal cameras to do temperature checks at many of its operations facilities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees with a temperature reading above 100.4 Fahrenheit are sent home. After three days workers are permitted back as long as their temperature is normal. Amazon adopted this policy drawing upon guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control.

“Thermal screening is not foolproof, because there are people who carry the disease without a temperature.  As we re-open our doors, organizations need to be prepared to mitigate the dangers of COVID-19 to protect the well-being of their employees.” – Frank Costa, President NEXGEN Protection Services.

Secondary screening procedures are recommended by the FDA. An individual with an elevated temperature should undergo standard novel coronavirus screening. Workers with possible COVID-19 should work with their local and state health departments to coordinate testing through public health laboratories.

Worker Protections
The public needs to have a sense of security and safety while going back to work. To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions it is important for all employers to plan now:

  • Prompt identification and isolation of potentially infectious individuals is a critical step in protecting workers, customers, visitors, and others at a worksite.
  • Employers should inform and encourage employees to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 if they suspect possible exposure.
  • Employers should develop policies and procedures for employees to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Provide adequate, usable, and appropriate training, education, and informational material about business-essential job functions and worker health and safety, including proper hygiene practices and the use of any workplace controls (including PPE).

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) permits broad data sharing by covered entities for key health care purposes without requiring affirmative patient consent as long as the disclosure of Personal Health Information (PHI) is the minimum necessary to protect the public’s health.

It’s critical that we all continue to adhere to State and local guidance as well as recommendations from the CDC. We are all in this together.

About NEXGEN Protection Services
NEXGEN Protection offers a wide range of security solutions to mitigate the high-risk threats unique to your business.

Frank Costa is NEXGEN’s Chief Protection Officer. Frank brings over 20 years from the world of risk management, security protection and investigations experience to protect your business’s bottom line. Costa is also on staff as senior security and counter-terrorism supervisor for a large transportation network. He provides critical security expertise to protect the public.

Every day the NEXGEN Security Team is on the front line, utilizing cutting edge technology to monitor, research and provide security protection to offset threats to your organization and employees.

Business owners, landlords, property managers, and legal teams throughout the New York State region contract NEXGEN Protection.

To learn more about NEXGEN Protection visit our website at http://nexgenpi.com.

 

NEXGEN Protection Services
PO Box 572, Florida NY 10921
845-248-1191

 

Media Contact
Andrew Ciccone
Hudson Valley Public Relations
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845-202-7087

 

I Can't Breath

Civil Unrest: Protecting the Safety & Security of Your Business

Safety & Security

Pandemic, protests and civil unrest can overwhelm an organization. Is your business prepared to open back up?

The U.S. has been shuttered.  As a result the economy has collapsed. As we gradually re-open our doors from this crisis, policies and procedures need to be in place to ensure a safe and secure return to work.

Many businesses are beginning to reopen. Everyone is eager to get back to a “new” normal. The death of George Floyd has set off a firestorm, fanning the flames of protests, rioting and despair.

With every passing day, this mandated quarantine has created a financial hardship. Americans need to put food on the table, pay the mortgage. We are all eager to return to work, safely.

CIVIL UNREST
Every organization must consider the impact of the recent protests, rioting and looting. How will the potential for violence affect our safety and security?

Organizations must be prepared to mitigate risk.  Protests, demonstrations, riots and civil unrest create an uncertain atmosphere with the potential for violence. This threat must be addressed.

SECURITY RISKS
Business needs to think through security policies. And safety procedures to ensure a safe work environment for employees and customers. Security agencies should be brought on to assess the risk. And to develop specialized plans to manage this type of risk.

MITIGATION
Mitigation efforts are designed to reduce the impacts of threats to your organization. The public is getting conflicting and confusing reports on what the CDC guidelines are for returning to the workplace.

The measures listed here provide an organization with protocols to offset the potential for dangerous scenarios.

Threat Identification

  • Maintain active monitoring of internal and external threats to the organization.
  • Utilize data-mining services provide an early warning system.
  • Identify disgruntled employees who pose harm to your employees and business.

Monitoring Social Flash-Points

  • Assess current events.
  • Continually measure the pulse of the crowd, it is critical to preparedness.
  • Monitor social media channels. Social is the favored medium of movements to spread a message and communicate with followers.

Intelligence Sharing

  • Communication is critical.
  • Security protection firms work with local Government and law enforcement sharing intelligence on potential threats to the community.

PROTECTION
“We provide protection. From the moment you enter the establishment, we are screening and maintaining a secure workplace. Beyond social unrest, we now provide our clients with screening of staff to ensure no one is spreading the coronavirus.” — Frank Costa, President of NEXGEN Protection Services.

Uncertainty is the new norm in our society. As we re-open our doors, organizations need to be prepared to mitigate the dangers of this new normal. Preparation is key, contingency plans are necessary to protect the well-being of your business and your employees.

 

About NEXGEN
NEXGEN Protection offers a wide range of security solutions to mitigate the high-risk threats unique to your business.

Frank Costa is NEXGEN’s Chief Protection Officer. Frank brings over 20 years from the world of risk management, security protection and investigations experience to protect your business’s bottom line. Costa is also on staff as senior security and counter-terrorism supervisor for a large transportation network. He provides critical security expertise to protect the public.

Every day the NEXGEN Security Team is on the front line, utilizing cutting edge technology to monitor, research and provide security protection to offset threats to your organization and employees.

Business owners, landlords, property managers, and legal teams throughout the New York State region contract NEXGEN Protection.

To learn more about NEXGEN Protection visit our website at http://nexgenpi.com.

Background Checks

NEXGEN Investigations Announces New Background Check Web Portal

News Release

For Immediate Release

Monroe, NY | May 30, 2015 — NEXGEN Investigations President Frank Costa announced today that NEXGEN Background Investigations services implemented a new fully automated, easy to use background check website to process and access pre-employment screenings securely.

The online background check screening portal is of enterprise quality, capable of handling 500 background check screening requests an hour. The system is configured to fill orders automatically, pulling information from their respective providers. The system can fill order requests from DMV abstracts detailing traffic court violations as well as criminal records from the Federal law enforcement agencies.

Medical, auto and worker’s compensation fraud are at the forefront of the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s focus. The incidence of fraud is pervasive, especially in new job applicants. NEXGEN’s background check system helps narrow down the selection of qualified candidates. Eliminate the risk of taking on a dishonest employee by verifying education and employment experience to limit your firm’s exposure to risk.

“This robust background screening portal accesses several governmental and credit reporting databases, processing a complete and comprehensive final report in PDF format. The background check is fast, freeing up organizations to focus on hiring qualified candidates.” — Frank Costa NEXGEN Investigations President.

All sources accessed during the discovery detail the level of confidence of how credible the candidates information is. Notices with determinations can be automatically generated via email notifying the organization of the details the report and overall assessment. NEXGEN generates an “Adverse Letter” to all applicants deemed not well suited to the position applied to. The Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA) requires that  applicants be notified in writing that an adverse action is being considered, this gives candidates time to challenge the report for any incorrect data.

 

About NEXGEN Investigations
NEXGEN Investigative services offer a wide range of individual screening solutions to help meet your investigative needs. With over 15 years of investigative experience in both the investigative field and background research departments; our investigators will help you find the information necessary to make educated business, financial, and legal decisions.

Our research extends beyond a computer monitor and telephone inquiries, it extends to court house research and includes criminal records, civil litigation histories, driving records, residential histories and more. Our services are contracted by business owners, landlords, renting properties, attorneys and legal teams across New York.

 

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