Poll: Personal Safety at Work
How concerned are you about your personal safety at work during this pandemic?
Here are some of your concerns:
Hospital Pharmacy: Many wrote in to indicate there was a limited supply of PPE. Some indicated N95 masks
were given to go up to the floors and they have been asked to reuse them. While in the pharmacy, a common theme was that
surgical masks are being used along with hand sanitizers, hand washing and distancing from colleagues.
Community Pharmacy: Most are wearing masks, putting up plastic barriers and more frequent hand washing or frequent
use of hand sanitizer. Curbside prescription pick up has been put in place at some pharmacies.
Concerns that many patients are coming in for medical checks such as blood pressure checks because medical
offices are closed and this is putting their staff at risk was a common comment. Some expressed frustration
of being faced with mixed messages from their offices such as first indicating they would be punished if
they wore PPE and then changing that they could be terminated if they didn’t adhere to wearing masks.
Other Pharmacy Based Settings: Working from home has been put in place.
Overall: Your pharmacy colleagues are concerned about bringing it home to family members amongst
the fact that there is not enough known about the transmission of the virus.