Recently, an Alberta employer (Prairie Dog Brewing) made an interesting post where they talked through some of the COVID-19 hazards they have identified as the think about re-opening, possible controls, and their eventual decision. This post is interesting for a couple of reasons:
- The owners walk through both obvious (serving customers) and less obvious (dishwashing) hazards in some details.
- The post then explores possible controls for the hazards and how effective they will be. This analysis is very thoughtful.
- In the end, the owners decide to adopt an elimination control by not opening for sit-down service, rather than opening using PPE (which is likely not very effective but probably would meet the legal minimum).
- The owners discuss explicitly the costs associated with their control options and how this influences their decision making. While primarily financial, these costs alsl include staff resistance and customer violence.
- The owners examine how businesses face an incentive not to report positive COVID cases and suggests public policy measure that might solve this problem.
-- Bob Barnetson