The past several weeks have been difficult for us all. The news is dominated by the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, and is rapidly changing, which has affected us all in one way or another. In times like these, it is critical to keep a balanced perspective and consider all facts. Adversity is not new to people. History tells us the human response always rises to the challenges faced, and we are confident that this time will be no different.
While nobody knows exactly what the coming days, weeks or months will bring, we can prepare for various scenarios. During uncertain times we often see an uptick in bad actors trying to exploit an individual’s anxiety, or even generosity. Whenever you make any judgment, it’s important to consider the source of the data that you receive. We wanted to personally reach out and let you know that Prime’s physician leadership team has taken this extremely seriously and is meeting everyday to improve our responses in a timely manner.
We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the spread of the virus. Our focus is to ensure we meet our customers, the employer-clients as well as their employees, needs while doing our part to keep you, Prime staff, and our communities safe.
Many of you are managers of your enterprise. Your family and your employee’s health, welfare and safety are of paramount importance to you. We have developed detailed guidelines related to how we would recommend that you and your family protect yourself. Since the situation is rapidly changing, please send an email to [email protected] for a current copy of the “Employee Guide.”
From a business resiliency perspective, we advise you to have comprehensive plans in place to ensure that your employees remain safe. Prime is doing our utmost to achieve the same goals while remaining ready and able to serve you with the best of professional services, without disruption. As you may already know, OSHA has stated that it is the employer’s responsibility to protect their employees from contracting COVID-19 from the workplace by classifying COVID-19 as a “recordable” disease. We have also developed an “Employer Guide” to COVID-19. Again, you can send an email to [email protected] to receive a current copy of the guide.
If you happen to visit a Prime facility, you may notice some changes are evident. Our facilities that are located in areas of widespread community spread are already screening all persons entering the facility, including Prime employees. The remainder of our facilities will implement the same process as the situation dictates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but we feel it is the appropriate step to take in protecting not only our employees but yours as well.
Additionally, we encourage you to visit our website at PRIMEOCCMED.COM for current responses to protect you and our staff .
Above all, we want you to know that you can continue to rely on the global resources and stability of Prime and our international partner, International SOS. We stand with you, ready to help, offer advice and share our best thinking on how to manage through this period.
Thank you for your continued trust and confidence in us.
Last month, we hosted an Occupational Health Insights panel focused on medical marijuana in the workplace. Comprised of several health industry professionals, including PRIME’s medical director and founder, Dr. Luke Lee, panelists discussed the topic and the countless things employers should be aware of.
With Louisiana’s medical marijuana program starting earlier this year, many participants were interested in its potential impact. The discussion covered several potential problem areas including insurance coverage, workers’ compensation and the enforcement of pre-existing company policies. “A lot of companies feel an ethical responsibility not only to protect their workers but also the community,” said Dr. Lee.
Happy Holidays from PRIME! Thank you for your business and support along this journey.
During this time of the year, it is extremely important to keep your health in check. Every year, a large number of people fall ill to the flu virus, preventing them from working and enjoying everyday activities. While we cannot ensure that you won’t catch the virus, we can provide some tips that will help prevent the flu from spreading.
To prevent the spread of the seasonal flu, follow these steps:
- Get your annual flu shot. While this may sound obvious, several people skip out on this vaccination every year. Why not be cautious and lower your chances of catching it?
- If you have already fallen ill to the flu, remember to stay away from others. This means no work or other public activities. It is important to note that once symptoms cease, you should remain in isolation for 24 hours. After that, you’re good to return to your regular schedule.
- If you have to interact with someone who has the flu, please wear gloves and an N95 mask. This might sound extreme, but it is a necessary precaution if you want to remain healthy.
- Whether dealing with someone who has the flu or with someone who is seemingly healthy, always wash your hands with warm water before and after interacting with anyone. Carrying a bottle of hand sanitizer around is never a bad idea during this time of year.
We hope these tips encourage you to think smart and remain healthy during this time of the year!
We are very excited to announce that two of our team members, Jessica Nabors and Nicholas Michel, have completed their ISNetworld user training. With only 150 certified users, this is an accomplishment we’re extremely proud of.
Michel said, “The training involved not only the contractor side of ISNetworld, but also the hiring client side. This gives us a better understanding of what our clients are looking for when they log into their account.”
ISNetworld is an industry-leading online contractor and supplier management platform of data-driven products and services that help manage risk and strengthen relationships. With certified ISNetworld users, we show our clients PRIME’s commitment to understanding their needs.
“Our ISNetworld training shows how dedicated we are to understanding what our clients are looking for. This certification is just another thing that we do to set ourselves apart while showing that PRIME puts its client’s needs first,” says Nabors.
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana in our new Lake Charles location. The Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana is a non-profit organization dedicated to cost-effective services for the local community and business sector, serving the area since 1955.
Earlier today, our PRIME representatives: Don Fontenot, Christian Bergeron, and Samantha Halphen, attended the AADE (American Association of Drilling Engineers) golf tournament in Lafayette. This event will help fund lab enhancements and other educational efforts for three Louisiana universities. Proceeds from the event went towards the Petroleum Engineering facility at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as well as the industry-related scholarships at the University. Louisiana State University and Nicholls State University also received a portion of the proceeds.
Last week, Christian Brugman was a presenter at the Lafayette Parish School Board In-Service.
In attendance were all of the bus drivers as well as school board employees from risk management, human resources, insurance and transportation including the superintendent. Topics covered included an overview of the DOT FMCSA Drug & Alcohol program and its changes since 2018 as well as a review of the upcoming FMCSA Clearinghouse in January 2020.