COVID-19 Recommended Practices for USSC Construction Jobsites

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By Diogenes Porto

In light of Public Health concerns regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pnademic, We wanted to let our customers know that we are committed to providing and ensuring that you, our client, perspective clients, staff and your loved ones are safe and protected during this season we are living globally. Therefore, we are implementing the following precautions and taking all possible preventive measures in our office and job sites as recommended by the CDC. 

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

It is critical that individuals NOT report to work while they are experiencing illness symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, chills, or fatigue.

  • Individuals should seek medical attention if they develop these symptoms. 
  • Social Distancing: CDC recommends that we avoid gatherings of 10+ people; and when meeting, that we keep a 6 foot distance between people. 
  • Performing meetings online or via conference call whenever possible.
  • Limiting  the number of people on a jobsite, allowing non-essential personnel to work from home when possible.
  • Discouraging hand-shaking and other contact greetings.

JOB SITE / OFFICE PRACTICE

Key CDC recommendations to staff and tradespeople:

• Supervisors will ask the following questions to all employees prior to entering the job-site. If they answer “yes” to any, they will be asked to leave the job-site immediately. Anyone asked to leave will not return to work until 24-hours after they are free from a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication.

  • Have you, or anyone in your family, been in contact with a person that has tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Have you, or anyone in your family, been in contact with a person that is in the process of being tested for COVID-19?
  • Have you, or anyone in your family traveled out side of the U.S. with in the last two weeks?
  • Have you been medically directed to self-quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID- 19?
  • Are you having trouble breathing or have you had flu-like symptoms within the past 48 hours, including: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, chills, or fatigue?

We will instruct employees to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

Will Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained. Place hand rubs in multiple locations or in conference rooms to encourage hand hygiene.

Will not congregate in lunch areas.

Will not share tools.

Will not share personal protection equipment (PPE).

Will Sanitize reusable PPE per manufacturer’s recommendation prior to each use.

Will Ensure used PPE is disposed of properly.

Will utilize disposable gloves where appropriate; instruct workers to wash hands after removing gloves.

Will disinfect reusable supplies and equipment

Will identify specific locations and practices for daily trash such as: paper, hand towels, food containers, etc. Instruct workers responsible for trash removal in proper PPE/hand washing practices.

• Will provide routine environmental cleaning (doorknobs, keyboards, counters, and other surfaces).

• Will not use a common water cooler. We will provide individual water bottles or instruct workers to bring their own.

• Will utilize shoe sanitation tubs (non-bleach sanitizer solution) prior to entering/leaving job-site (if needed)

• Will instruct workers to change work clothes prior to arriving home; and to wash clothes in hot water with laundry sanitizer.

• Will utilize disposable hand towels and no-touch trash receptacles.

Will Request additional/increased sanitation (disinfecting) of portable toilets. (when needed)

• Will avoid cleaning techniques, such as using pressurized air or water sprays that may result in the generation of bio-aerosols.

Managing Sick Employees 

  • We will actively encourage sick employees to stay home. Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not return to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [38.0° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any othersymptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
  • Separate sick employees. CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately.

REGARDING GOODS

We want to let you know there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.

Thank you so much for your business and support. We will continue to communicate to you as the situation evolves. As always, feel free to reach out to your project manager or contact our office at (617) 467-5005 for further information.
 
 

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