EMC Mechanical Services is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. BEST possible outcomes can be assured through collaboration and communication with our teams. This site plan has been developed to assist job sites in spreading information on the prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be updated during the pandemic.
General Precautions and Requirements
- Decrease worker count on site as best as possible
- Promote social distancing by creating more break areas and eliminating potential gathering areas (i.e. lunch, trucks)
- Increase hand washing and sanitation efforts
- Conduct jobsite meetings in open areas using social distancing (at minimum of 6 feet) and/or virtual meeting technology
- No worker may access the job site that has been diagnosed or exposed to Coronavirus.
- Workers who have traveled within areas that are considered high-risk may not access the job site for 14 days after their return.
- Any worker diagnosed with Coronavirus will need a written doctor’s note clearing their return to work.
- Sick workers who have been fever-free for at least 72 hours may return to the jobsite.
Preventing Worker Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The novel coronavirus (officially called COVID-19) is believed to spread from person-to-person, primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus is also believed to spread by people touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching one’s mouth, nose, or possibly the eyes.
Employers and workers should follow these general practices to help prevent exposure to coronavirus:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and running water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If workers feel ill:
- They are to notify their supervisor and take care of themselves, and are not to come to the job site.
- Any sick worker may return to work after being fever-free for 72 hours.
- Any worker diagnosed with Coronavirus may return to work when fever-free and with a doctor’s note clearing their return to work.
If workers have traveled outside of the continental U.S.:
- They are to notify their supervisor and not come to the jobsite for at least 14 days.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hazard Recognition
Most U.S. Workers Remain at Low Risk of Exposure
At this time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes that, while the virus poses a potentially serious public health threat, the risk to individuals is dependent on exposure. For most people in the United States, including most types of workers, the risk of infection with COVID-19 is currently low (as of 3/12/2020).
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
Infected people can spread the virus through their respiratory secretions, especially when they cough or sneeze. According to the CDC, spread from person-to-person is most likely among close contacts (about 6 feet).
Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly by droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Given what has occurred previously with respiratory diseases such as MERS and SARS that are caused by other coronaviruses, it is likely that some person-to-person spread will continue to occur.
There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with the virus, and investigations are ongoing.
Workers Who May Have Exposure to Risk
Despite the low risk of exposure in most job sectors, some workers in the United States may have exposure to infectious people, including travelers who contracted the virus abroad. Workers with increased exposure risk include those involved in healthcare, deathcare, airline operations and waste management.
Face Covering Policy
The CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity — for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing — even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
As an organization we are addressing this concern in the following manner:
- Each employee will receive a preliminary 1-month supply of disposable masks
- PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will need to be on your person at all-times. Just like your hard hat, safety glasses, vest, etc.
- If you are working within 6 feet of others it is strongly suggested that the face covering be worn.
- If you are not working around other individuals or groups a face covering is optional but still suggested.
- If you are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test the face covering must be worn at all times.
- If a jobsite requires face coverings be worn, we will adhere to their request and it will supersede this policy.
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing and frequent handwashing remain important to slowing the spread of the virus.
EMC Mechanical Services always puts the safety, health, and overall wellbeing of our employees first. We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus pandemic and adjust our safety protocol accordingly.