Updated information on COVID-19 and Flu: Restricted visitation is now in effect

The mission of Sparrow Occupational Health Services is to keep employees well and on the job so they can do what they do best.

We know that the workforce is an employer’s greatest asset and that a healthy bottom line depends on healthy, productive employees.

Our team takes a comprehensive approach designed to meet the job-related health care needs of workers, while decreasing medical costs and lost work time for employers.

How do we do it? Sparrow Occupational Health Services is mid-Michigan’s only hospital-based program of care for area workers and has the most experienced management team in the field.

It relies on the region’s only board-certified physician in occupational health medicine, along with a nurse case manager who monitors injury cases and works with physicians, therapists and insurance providers to return employees to work as soon as possible.

Among the services offered by Sparrow Occupational Health Services are:

  • Pre-employment physicals individually designed for specific job requirements
  • 24-hour work related injury care and drug screen collection
  • Physical exams to check a worker’s fitness for duty and ability to return to the job
  • Developing and implementing screening programs
  • Case management by a nurse case manager

Workers are able to get emergency care around-the-clock, benefitting from Sparrow’s top-notch health care system and the region’s most experienced physicians and staff. They and their employers benefit from a dedicated Occupational Health Clinic, with on-site X-ray, laboratory and drug screening services, and immediate, typed injured worker reports.

 

Keeping essential and critical infrastructure staff safe and on the job during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Issue

Screening all employees for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors before entering their work facility is now the requirement/recommendation of Mid-Michigan health departments.

Some health departments say it is a recommendation, while others say it is an emergency order and subject to a misdemeanor and jail/fine if not followed. We recommend you consult your county’s health department website to be sure. (See attached web links below.)

The Dilemma

Administering and reviewing a set of screening questions for each employee before clearing them to enter the work site can be slow and cumbersome and create bottlenecks at the start of the work day.

It also creates the potential of having ill or COVID-19 exposed employees report to work to fill out the questionnaire only to be turned away and potentially needlessly exposing their co-workers in the process.

Sparrow’s Online Smart Phone Tool Solution

Sparrow Occupational Health Services has developed a set of paperless online screening questions that align with CDC/County Health Department recommendations that the employee can access and answer on their smart device prior to reporting to work, helping to speed and streamline this process.

The Sparrow Occupational Health Services website will have a link to the questionnaire that the employee can go to using their smart phone prior to coming to work. The employee fills out the questionnaire and will then get a green clearance code that they can screenshot on their smart phone.

The employee can then quickly show the employer their smart phone display with the green clearance code that is date and time specific.

This saves the employee’s time in having to fill out a paper questionnaire when they arrive at work and then also having those questions screened by the employer.

If they fail the online clearance screening, they will be informed not to report to work and receive guidance on what to do based on whether they are symptomatic for COVID-19 or have just potentially been exposed.

 

 

Helpful Links


County Health Departments

 

Barry-Eaton County: https://www.barryeatonhealth.org/covid-19-resources-and-update

Screening Tool Announcement: https://www.barryeatonhealth.org/sites/default/files/Screening%20Tool%20Press%20Release.pdf

Screening Tool: https://www.barryeatonhealth.org/sites/default/files/Screening%20and%20essential%20business%20guidance_0.pdf


Clinton, Gratiot, Montcalm County Orders on Screening Employees: https://www.mmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus/

Emergency Order: https://www.mmdhd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/MMDHD-Emergency-Order-20202-200403.pdf

Employer Info: https://www.mmdhd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Employer-COVID-Info-200404.pdf

Workplace Health Screening Form: https://www.mmdhd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-19-Workplace-Health-Screening.pdf

Workplace Checklist: https://www.mmdhd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-19-Workplace-Checklist.pdf


Ionia: https://ioniacounty.org/health/health-department/

Guidance: https://ioniacounty.org/wp-content/uploads/Recommendations-for-residents-and-businesses.pdf

Workplace Screening: https://ioniacounty.org/wp-content/uploads/COVID-19-Workplace-Checklist-and-Health-Screening.pdf    

Childcare Order: https://ioniacounty.org/wp-content/uploads/ICHD-COVID-Child-Care-Order.pdf


Ingham: http://hd.ingham.org/DepartmentalDirectory/CommunicableDisease/Coronavirus(COVID19).aspx

Executive order: http://www.hd.ingham.org/Portals/HD/Home/Documents/cd/coronavirus/EOApril12-2020-2.pdf

Screening:

http://www.hd.ingham.org/Portals/HD/Home/Documents/cd/coronavirus/ICHDWorkHealthScreening2.pdf


Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf


CDC COVID-19 Site

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html




Template for Employers

To keep you and all our employees safe, we are following local health department recommendations and requiring that every employee be assessed for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors each day before entering our facility.

The survey must be completed prior to your shift and is available four hours before your start time. You will be expected to show proof of a green check, which you will receive at the end of the survey, at point of entry. The easiest way is to take the screening test on your mobile phone and save a screenshot.

Regardless of survey results, if you feel that you have symptoms related to COVID-19 please contact a healthcare professional.

The survey below should be completed on all days you are scheduled to work in our facilities.

https://www.sparrow.org/OccHealthScreening