Theme 3: Sector-specific studies

When it comes to controlling workplace transmission of the COVID-19 virus, different industrial sectors face different challenges, both in terms of likely transmission routes and which control measures can be practically and effectively implemented.

Theme 3 of PROTECT is therefore conducting targeted studies to improve understanding of specific risks and support these sectors to return to more normal operation. The sectors being studied include transport, food manufacturing, retail and hospitality.

Qualitative surveys and interviews will be conducted with people working in these sectors, alongside analysis of quantitative datasets such as those on occupation and COVID-19 mortality held by the Office for National Statistics. Theme 3 researchers will also work closely with Theme 1 to take advantage of data generated by workplace outbreak investigations, as well as with the National Core Study on Data and Connectivity to improve data collection.

Theme team

Theme lead: Professor Martie van Tongeren, The University of Manchester

Other partners:

  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Institute of Occupational Medicine: IOM
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • UK Health Security Agency
  • Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research
  • University of Leeds

Theme 3 projects

Find out more about individual research projects taking place within the Sector-specific studies theme.






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