Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The most common symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Our company safety policy is based primarily upon the Guidance Document issued by the Department of Labor/OSHA and the Department of Health and Human Services/CDC. The virus is primarily spread person-to-person via exhaled breath, coughs, sneezes, etc., but it can also be spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it. The virus may survive on some surfaces for 24 hours or more.
OSHA has a hierarchy of methods which may be used to protect employees from hazards which may occur in employment. In the order of preference, they are engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment. We are a roofing company, and implementing the engineering controls which are recommended by OSHA are not feasible in a roofing setting.
We will employ the following administrative controls among all employees both on the construction site and in the office. These requirements will remain in effect until the federal government and the state government both lift work restrictions related to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
- Employees are required to have their temperatures taken before starting work and if they have a temperature of greater than 100.4 degrees, they should self-quarantine at home. Employees who have come in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, employees who have any of the symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 shall self-quarantine at home.
- If an employee becomes ill while on the job site, he/she will be provided with and will be required to wear a face mask, and will be directed to leave the job site and to seek medical attention. If such an employee displays any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection, the employee will not be permitted to return to work until they are completely free of symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Unless OSHA or the CDC otherwise requires them to wear masks on the job site, employees who are not ill or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are not required to wear masks on the job site.
- When ride-sharing is necessary for employees to get to the job site, each employee riding in the vehicle is required to wear gloves and a mask which completely covers his or her nose and mouth. We will provide masks to employees to be used for this purpose. While on the jobsite, employees shall make every possible effort to maintain at least six feet of separation between themselves and other employees.
- To the greatest extent feasible, employees shall not share tools and equipment on the job site. An employee shall not use another employee's mobile device except in an emergency.
- We encourage frequent hand-washing with soap and water. Hands shall be washed for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer and disposable sanitizing wipes will be provided on each job site when available.
- Employees should avoid personal contact with other employees.
- Before using any tools which may have been used last by another employee, employees should wipe the tool down with a disposable sanitizing wipe when available.
- Employees who sneeze or cough shall do so into a disposable tissue. Tissues must be immediately disposed of in the nearest trash receptacle. If a tissue is not available, employees should cough or sneeze into the crook of their elbow (and not into his or her hand).
- Meetings on all job sites shall be limited to a small number of employees so that six feet of separation can be maintained between all employees. This includes all meetings held for safety training purposes.
- In NaturaShield's administrative offices, employees shall maintain six feet of social distancing at all times, and employees shall comply with the hand-washing, personal contact, and sneeze/cough protection rules described above.
- Meetings in the administrative offices shall be conducted as virtual conference call meetings when possible. This policy will remain in effect until recommended restrictions on in-person meetings are lifted by the federal and state governments, respectively.