Coronavirus (COVID-19) Overall Responsibilities
Management and Job Site Leads
- Communicate any concerns for the employees and customers to HIW management
- Provide appropriate PPE (Personal, Protective, Equipment) employees
- Provide Engineering Controls and training to employees
- Report to HIW management if they have been in contact with anyone that has the virus
- Report to HIW management if they have symptoms of the virus
- Follow the guidelines provided by the company
- Report to the company and HIW management if they have been in contact with anyone that has the virus
- Reschedule drywall repair if work area has been exposed to the virus or if you have symptoms
- Limit physical contact with HIW employees
- Provide ample space for work to be performed
- Keep pets and children away from employees and work areas
- Use proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day
- Cover your mouth while sneezing or coughing
- Disinfect common use areas as needed
- Training for all employees
- Routine inventory of safety supplies and PPE
- Follow housekeeping practices
- Approval of medical leave to employees suspected of having virus
The best defensive against the COVID-19 virus is good hygiene and common sense in your interaction with others. Washing hands often throughout the day is your first-line of defense against Coronavirus infection. You should also avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth—particularly if you think you have been in contact with someone who may be sick. The following are the recommendations from the CDC for prevention:
As of March 2020, there is no vaccine for COVID-19 and it may still be a year away despite the healthcare industry’s rush to find a way to slow down its spread. Preventive actions include self-quarantine, limiting contact with people indoors, using hand sanitizer or by washing hands thoroughly, and taking these preventive measures:
- Choosing to stay at home if you are feeling ill
- Avoiding contact with people who may be ill
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing with a disposable tissue, then dispose of it properly in the trash
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces or objects which may be touched by others
- Following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the use of a protective facemask. Please note that the CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy to wear facemasks as protection from airborne respiratory diseases, including the Coronavirus.
- In contrast, facemasks are to be worn only by individuals showing symptoms of the Coronavirus. This will be done as a measure to help prevent the spreading of COVID-19 to others.
- Healthcare workers, first responders and other individuals assisting sick people must wear a facemask, particularly when working in close quarters such as healthcare facilities.
- During situations when soap and water are not within reach, it is recommended to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
If you would like to learn more about proper handwashing, visit the CDC website’s handwashing portal at https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/
Recommended PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Use a N-95 mask or respirator fitted with a P-100 filter, as needed
- Nitrile protective gloves, as needed
- Protective eyewear, as needed
Please note that if a team member is feeling sick, whether it is virus-related or bacterial in nature, the sick person must wear a facemask.
It is important to use EPA botanical disinfectant wipes or a spray to clean and scrub common areas. This includes door handles and knobs, toilet and faucet handles, sinks and other areas that are touched regularly. More information can be found here: https://benefect.com/pdf/disinfectant-wipes-product-sheet-usa.pdf
What if I’ve been in contact with a person with COVID-19?
If you believe to have been in contact with a person with Coronavirus, the CDC suggests the following steps:
FIRST: You must choose to remain at home, unless you need medical care
- Self-Quarantine: Even those who show no symptoms of the COVID-19 may transmit the virus. Stay at home, except when seeking medical help.
- Do not go to public places—including your workplace, school, college, or public transportation, such as taxis or Uber.
SECOND: You will need to self-quarantine and avoid interacting with other people and/or pets.
- Keep Away from Others: Remain secluded in a bedroom, avoiding contact with others in your family or friends. Avoid sharing the same bathroom with others as well.
- Household Pets: While it is not certain that dogs, cats or other pets can transmit COVID-19, you should treat all living things as a potential threat.
The COVID-19 epidemic is still a developing matter that continues to evolve and we will release additional information, once it becomes available. Please know that common sense goes a long way and at Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair we want you to remain safe and healthy until this health alert has passed. Last, if you want to learn more ab about the COVID-19 virus please visit the dedicated portal at www.coronavirus.gov.