While we continue to deliver quality performance, our number one priority is your safety. Amid the ongoing coronavirus or “COVID-19,” pandemic, we must all remain vigilant in mitigating outbreaks. In order to be safe and maintain healthy business operations, we have developed a COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan to be implemented throughout the Company and at all our job sites. I&E Construction is committed to following public health care guidelines and enforcing CDC recommendations for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Our Response Plan is based on currently available information from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance on the virus and is subject to change based on further information provided by the CDC, OSHA, OHA, and other public officials. Full plan available upon request.
- Superintendents to meet with all foremen, in groups no larger than 10 at a time, to discuss CDC recommendations, safe practices, and work procedures. Foreman relay information to crews.
- Employees are to receive regular education and training on preventing the spread of Covid-19.
- Each new job to have a specific written COVID-19 Hazard Risk Assessment
Daily Operation Protocol
- Employees are to wash hands at the designated wash station periodically with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Each job site has assigned a designated person to regularly wipe down and clean equipment handles, steering wheels, shared tools, and other frequently touched surfaces.
- Employees are to stay home if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms. Checking your temperature is the most reliable method.
- If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, I&E will notify others of possible exposure.
- Employees will be encouraged to stagger breaks and lunches.
- Employees must avoid physical contact with others and direct employees/contractors/visitors to increase personal space to at least six (6) feet, where possible. Where work trailers are used, only necessary employees should enter the trailers and all employees should maintain social distancing while inside the trailers.
- First, employees are to use engineering controls, administrative controls, and safe work practices to maintain social distancing at the workplace. The use of face coverings or respirators alone cannot be the singular solution for achieving the important effects of social distancing. Keeping in line with the hierarchy of controls, PPE and cloth face coverings should be utilized as a last resort.
- Employees are encouraged to minimize ridesharing. Ridesharing in company vehicles are limited to two people. Driver and passenger are both required to wear face coverings (facemasks or bandanas) inside the vehicle. Touched surfaces are to be wiped down with disinfectant wipes after every use.
Working In Owner Occupied Space Protocol
- When employees perform construction and maintenance activities within occupied homes, office buildings, and other establishments, these work locations present unique hazards with regards to COVID-19 exposures. All such workers should evaluate the specific hazards when determining best practices related to COVID-19.
- Check with occupants to ensure they are not experiencing any symptoms and have not been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.
- During this work, employees must sanitize the work areas upon arrival, throughout the workday, and immediately before departure. The Company will provide disinfectant spray and/or alcohol-based wipes for this purpose.
- Employees should ask other occupants to keep a personal distance of six (6) feet at a minimum. We ask that homeowners self-isolate in another area of the unit if possible while work is being conducted in the space.
- Employees are not to touch any unnecessary surfaces in the unit
- Workers should wash or sanitize hands immediately before starting and after completing the work.