On-Site Best Practices for Health & Safety of Workers and Customers During COVID-19
The health and safety of workers and customers is a top concern and increased focus on health and safety is required to keep job-sites safe and open. Heffernan Electric will follow all Peterborough Public Health Guidelines. We will try to work on outside projects and/or controlled construction sites as much as possible and will respond to residential calls where we can ensure the customer as not been travelling, is not sick and will agree to not be present in the same room as the work is being completed.
All staff will take the following individual steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Wear masks in doors and in vehicles.
- Wash hands regularly after being at different sites.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cough and sneeze into elbow or a tissue and wash hands afterwards
- Avoid commonly touched areas including handrails, public transit poles or ensure you clean your hands after
- Open doors and touch elevator buttons with gloves, the back of your hand, or other body part or activate the wheelchair accessibility button with the back of your hand, elbow or knee if possible.
- Use your personal protective mask as usual.
- Wear clean clothes each day.
- Notify your supervisor immediately if you are sick and contact public health.
Physical Distancing: As per Peterborough Public Health Guidelines, Physical Distancing is required to control the spread of COVID-19. In order to ensure physical distancing on the work site, we will be working collaboratively with customers and other trades as follows:
- Staggered Start Times and staying safe distances apart from one another
- Minimal to no group interaction in enclosed areas (office and shop aisles)
- Reducing the total number of people on-site and where they are assigned to work
- Increasing On-site Sanitation. Areas of focus should include: Access to soap and water and disinfectant wipes (ways to properly sanitize hands) and using gloves if access to washing is unavailable.
- Controlling the work site by, having no or very limited contact with customers, workers and between workers and outside service providers and encourage physical distancing in all situations.
- Communication is key, and a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities is important. Everyone will need to play their part and practice these procedures to stay safe and be clear on how the site will be operated during these changing circumstances.
- Illness Reporting: The symptoms of COVID-19 are shared with many other illnesses including the cold and flus. At this time, any worker who is experiencing any symptoms should stay at home. In addition, we advise all workers experiencing symptoms to complete the self-assessment on the Ontario COVID website and follow instruction there, or CALL telehealth (1-866-797-0000), your local public health unit or your family physician. Public Health is the leading authority for all issues related to COVID-19 and only they can provide detailed instructions to you.