At U.S. Flooring Company, the safety of our employees and their families has always been our number one priority. We are all feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are doing our part to keep our employees and community safe during this time. However, since we provide critical services to the food and beverage industry, we are doing everything we can to maintain our workforce and continue performing projects for our customers.
The following protocols outline the current steps we are taking as a company to help prevent the spread of the virus in our office and on our jobsites. These steps follow the recommendation of the CDC, as well as the LHSFNA.
On Jobsites, Our Company Will:
- Perform a risk assessment of the jobsite.
- Educate our workers about general precautions and regularly communicate plans to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Reinforce good hygiene practices and take steps to make it easy for workers to frequently wash their hands.
- Institute policies and practices that maintain physical distance between workers.
- Identify, clean and sanitize high-risk transmission areas regularly.
- Provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Require sick workers to stay home and send sick workers home.
- Maintain good workplace hygiene, including hand washing practices and cough/sneeze etiquette.
- Maintain a distance of at least six feet from other workers when possible, unless the task warrants otherwise (e.g., when performing a team lift). Limit large group interactions. Follow these same practices off the job.
- Report symptoms of COVID-19 immediately. If you are sick, stay home. If you feel sick and are at work, tell your supervisor.
- Cooperate with response measures instituted by your employer and those recommended by health officials at the federal, state and local level.
- Prohibit the sharing of workers’ phones, PPE or other work tools and equipment.
Determining Risk for Workers:
Currently, construction is classified as a lower risk occupation according to the OSHA’s Occupational Risk Pyramid for COVID-19. Current information suggests COVID-19 is spread through:
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, followed by touching the mouth, nose or eyes
- Airborne respiratory droplets expelled during regular talking and breathing as well as coughing and sneezing
- Touching a contaminated surface or object, then touching the mouth, nose or eyes
Because of these transmission methods, being in close proximity (within but not limited to six feet) to an infected person can result in transmission. Enclosed spaces (e.g. trailers, toilets), confined spaces and any space with recycled air presents additional exposure risk and should be avoided as much as possible.
General Precautions for Employees:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick or have close contact with someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol when soap and water aren’t available. Always follow good handwashing practices:
- Upon arriving at the jobsite and before going home at the end of the day
- Before and after eating
- After using the toilet
- After touching garbage or other waste materials
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze into a tissue if possible or your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands, when tissues aren’t available. Dispose of tissues in the trash after use.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as much as possible.
- Practice social distancing by limiting person-to-person contact within six feet, especially in large groups or in enclosed spaces. Don’t shake hands when greeting others.
Assessing Workers for Symptoms:
The greatest risk for exposure to COVID-19 is from fellow workers. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the seasonal flu and may include mild to moderate respiratory illness, fever, cough and shortness of breath. Workers who present symptoms, such as fever or difficulty breathing, should call their health care provider. Workers should stay home if they:
- Are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
- Have known exposure to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19
- Suspect they may be infected but don’t yet have symptoms (these workers should self-quarantine and seek testing)
Workers who experience these symptoms at work should report it immediately to a supervisor, be isolated from fellow workers and leave the site. Workers will follow a two-week quarantine after the onset of COVID-19 symptoms to prevent transmission of the virus to others.
Our Office and Warehouse:
Our office and warehouse will remain open during this time, and continue normal operations. However, we have instituted the following changes:
- Until further notice, our offices will remain locked to the public. Only office employees will be allowed in our office areas.
- All surfaces and door handles should be sanitized daily
- Field employees may utilize our warehouse, but should practice all of the CDC guidelines listed above.
These protocols may change as this situation progresses or changes.