COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
We are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for our team and the clients we serve.
How our team is staying safe
To ensure that we have a safe and healthy workplace, Southwest Environmental has developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Managers and workers are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplaces and communities, and that requires full cooperation among our workers and management. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons in our workplaces.
Southwest Environmental’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows the industry guidance developed by the state of California, which is based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines for COVID-19, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statutes, rules and standards, and California’s relevant and current executive orders. It addresses:
- ensuring sick workers stay home and prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;
- social distancing – workers must be at least six-feet apart;
- worker hygiene and source controls; and
- workplace cleaning and disinfection protocol.
Ensure sick workers stay home and prompt identification and isolation of sick persons
Workers have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess workers’ health status prior to entering the workplace and for workers to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms. All workers are required to take temperatures before each shift. Anyone with a fever or showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to report to work.
Southwest Environmental has implemented leave policies that promote workers staying at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household. Southwest Environmental has also implemented a policy for informing workers if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at their workplace and requiring them to quarantine for the required amount of time.
PPE & Social Distancing – Workers must be at least six-feet apart
Social distancing of at least six feet will be implemented and maintained between workers and anyone they may be in contact with. All workers will be required to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves, and shoe covers. Masks are necessary when employees are in the vicinity of others. Workers will have masks available and wear them when on-site, in breakrooms and offices, or in a vehicle for work-related travel when traveling with others. Masks must not be shared.
It should be assumed by anyone working on a sanitary drainage system that the virus is present. Considering the potential of encountering water and/or aerosols that contain the coronavirus when working on sanitary systems or sewers, it is necessary that plumbers wear proper personal protective equipment.
Worker hygiene and source controls
Basic infection prevention measures are being implemented at our workplaces at all times. Workers are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially at the beginning and end of their shift, prior to any mealtimes, after using shared equipment, and after using the restroom. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant have been provided to all workers to use throughout their shift. Workers are also instructed to avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and to wash their hands before adjusting, removing, or putting on face coverings. Workers are advised not to share phones, work tools, etc.
Workplace cleaning and disinfection protocol
Regular practices of cleaning and disinfecting have been implemented, including a schedule for routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, vehicles, and areas in the work environment, including restrooms, break rooms, lunchrooms, and meeting rooms. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting are being conducted on high-touch areas and objects.
Appropriate and effective cleaning and disinfecting supplies have been purchased and are available for use in accordance with product labels, safety data sheets, and manufacturer specifications, and are being used with required personal protective equipment for the product. Workers have access to personal protective equipment, along with cleaning and disinfecting supplies.
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