Update: COVID-19 Safety Precautions

by Admin
on May 26th, 2020
AVDG updated job site policies and procedures

We have implemented policies and guidelines to help mitigate the spread of COVID -19 and keep our employees and clients as safe as possible. In addition, you will find the AVDG Jobsite procedures and policy bulletin. These procedures were developed in accordance with CDC and OSHA guidelines. Some key highlights contained in the bulletin are as follows:
• Disinfectant cleaning supplies are maintained at all of our facilities. ADVG vehicles are cleaned and disinfected after each use.
• Hand sanitizer, soap, and paper towels have been provided for all employees.
• Employees have all been supplied with disposable masks, hand sanitizer, boot coverings, gloves, cleaning solution with paper towels, sanitizing wipes, protective glasses, HiVis vests and hardhats (“PPE”). The PPE must be worn at all times. Employees and clients must remain at least 6 feet apart whenever possible.
• Employees are required to self-monitor for temperature and other signs of COVID-19. Refer to the bulletin for symptoms and temperature guidelines. Additionally, employees are required to immediately contact their managers in the event they are ill or have come in contact with someone who is known to have tested positive for COVID-19. AVDG infection prevention measures are listed in the Jobsite bulletin below.

The following recommended best practices are based on what is currently known about Coronavirus (COVID-19). AVDG will remain informed and continue to adopt best practices as recommended by the CDC and applicable state and local authorities.

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:
• Do not host large group meetings. The CDC recommends avoiding gatherings of 10+ people; and when meeting, that we maintain a 6-foot distance between people at all times, except as strictly necessary to carry out a task associated with a construction project. Perform meetings online or via conference call whenever possible.
• To limit the number of people on a job site, allow non-essential personnel to work from home when possible.
• Discourage hand-shaking and other contact greetings.

general job site/office practices:
• AVDG will Communicate key CDC recommendations (and post signage where appropriate) to our staff and tradespeople

  1. How to Protect Yourself
  2. If You are Sick
  3. COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where visible to all

AVDG will designate a site-specific COVID-19 supervisor or supervisors to enforce this policy and site-specific policies. The designated COVID-19 site supervisor must be present on the construction site at all times during the AVDG construction activities.

• Supervisors (PM’s or Lead Installers) will establish a daily screening protocol for arriving staff to ensure that potentially infected staff do not enter the construction site. If workers leave the site and return the same day, the established cleaning and documentation protocol will be followed prior to the entry and exit of the job site.

• Supervisors should ask the following questions to all employees prior to entering the job site. If they answer “yes” to any, they should be asked to leave the job site immediately. Anyone asked to leave should 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.
• Fever (temperature of 100.4 or more)
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
• Runny nose
• Head or body aches
• Sore throat
• Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
• Loss of taste or smell
• Has been in contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19

In a case when COVID-19 is confirmed or detected at a job site the following must occur:
• Immediately remove the infected individual from the Jobsite with directions to seek medical care.
• Each location the infected worker was operating at the site must be decontaminated and sanitized by an outside vendor certified in hazmat cleanups, and work in these locations must cease until decontamination and sanitization is complete.
• The County Public Health Department must be notified immediately and any additional requirements per the County health officials must be completed, including full compliance with any tracing efforts by the County.

routine environmental cleaning of job site:
• Cleaning shall be performed of all frequently touched surfaces on the job site. This includes, however, is not limited to, workstations, countertops, handles, doorknobs, gang boxes, shared tools, and equipment. Workers
are discouraged from using others’ desks, work tools, and equipment. If more than one worker uses these items, the items must be cleaned and disinfected with disinfectants that are effective against COVID-19.
• The use of appropriate cleaning agents and directions shall be utilized to perform all cleaning. Ensure all exposed workers are trained on the hazards of the cleaning chemicals used in the workplace in accordance with OSHA’s.
• Do not congregate in lunch areas.
• No communal food shall be permitted on the job site until further notice, i.e., donuts, pizza, buffets, etc.
• Soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs shall be provided in the workplace. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained for hand cleansing including hand sanitizer.
• All job site employees are required 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.
• Do not share tools.
• Do not share personal protection equipment (PPE).
• 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.
• Do not use a common water cooler. Provide individual water bottles or instruct workers to bring their own.
• Don’t stack trades if possible.
• Utilize disposable hand towels and no-touch trash receptacles.
• Clean surfaces of service/fleet vehicles, steering wheel, gear shift, instrument panels, etc.; use aerosol sanitizers inside closed cabs.
• In regards to shuttling employees, ensure distancing, and encourage workers to provide their own transportation where possible.