Quality assurance provider Intertek has launched Protek, which is a unique approach to health and safety quality assurance.
Research by Intertek found that workers who expect to return to work after the COVID-19 lockdown is eased have health and safety concerns. Over 70% of people surveyed said that they did not want to return to work unless they were satisfied that adequate health and safety practices were in force.
Of those surveyed, 91% wanted their employers to take extra safety measures to protect them from the spread of COVID-19. These include social distancing and wearing PPE (personal protection equipment).
More than half (54%) of company managers said that they would struggle to achieve acceptable health and safety standards for people returning to the workplace.
The Protek People Assurance service provides training, audits and health and safety solutions to protect employees. The service includes e-learning that empowers companies to deliver key health and safety training about measures needed in response to the COVID-19 threat.
Protek provides the assurance that employers are fulfilling their duty of care for their employees and their customers.
The CEO of Intertek, André Lacroix said:
“Building on our leading quality assurance expertise across all sectors of the economy globally, Protek offers our clients the world's first independent Health, Safety and Wellbeing Assurance programme for people, workplaces and public spaces."
She said that one of the highest concerns throughout the world is the health of workers returning to work, as well as the health risks on public transport they travel to work on.