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Every April 28 since 2003 the world celebrates the Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year, we would like to take advantage of the occasion of its celebration to continue raising awareness about the importance of prevention in the fight against COVID-19. Because, with everyone’s effort, we can beat it.

Since 2003, April 28 has been the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an annual campaign and an international day aimed at promoting safe, healthy and dignified work. Occupational safety and health is a worldwide concern for governments, business organizations, workers and their families and is an integral part of the global strategy of the International Labor Organization (ILO) as a mobilization tool to sensitize the population on this issue.

As we all know, in the current year the emergence and expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on our current society, with the important repercussions it is having in all areas and mainly in which we must consider the most important of all, the health of the population.

We celebrate the Day for Safety and Health at Work during a health crisis, with our sights set on resuming activity while maintaining the progress made in the context of the disease.

We are witnessing a growing concern about the continued increase in COVID-19 infections in some parts of the world, about the ability to maintain declining rates in others, and about the development of health and social tools to carry out the serious challenge to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. All this, without forgetting to protect the safety and health at work and, beyond the immediate crisis, resume the activity so that the progress made in the suppression of transmission and in the sanitary control of the disease are maintained. For all these reasons, we want, this year 2020, to collaborate in the common task of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and to reinforce awareness on it this day.

At Abengoa we are fully aware of the complicated situation that has been generated by the COVID-19 pandemic and, from the very first moment, we have been involved in a coordinated way to develop all possible measures within our reach to carry out informative and preventive work that we believe is of vital importance in the current situation. We firmly believe that in the current circumstances and recognizing the great challenge facing governments, employers, workers and the whole of society in general, we can actively participate in the fight against the pandemic: occupational safety and health can save lives.

Frequent hand washing, keeping a safe distance, or avoiding sharing objects for personal use are just some of the measures to take when preventing coronavirus.

For this reason, we would like to remind you of a series of very simple but fundamental measures when it comes to preventing this disease:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based disinfectant.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or handkerchief – discard the handkerchief immediately and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Keep at least a meter of distance between you and other people, particularly those who cough, sneeze, and have a fever.
  • Avoid shaking hands as a form of greeting.
  • Whenever possible, try to use individual means of transport and, if they are collective, make sure to respect the recommended distances.
  • Avoid sharing items for personal use, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), pens, glasses, food utensils, etc.
  • If you have a fever, cough, and / or shortness of breath, seek early medical attention and share your travel history and possible contacts with your health care provider. While the assessment process lasts, be cautious and avoid contact with other people as much as possible.
  • Stay informed through official and safe channels. Avoid hoaxes and unofficial sources of information.

Finally, we would like to remind everyone to continue to act with responsibility, both individually and collectively, and that, being aware of the repercussions for health, both individually and globally for society, let’s continue to collaborate and follow the official instructions.

Your effort is saving lives and helping everyone’s fight. Together we can beat it.

Julio Salvador Belda,
medical director at Abengoa.

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