Cook Construction Exposure Control and Social Distancing Plan

This plan is to be used by Cook Construction to assist in preparing the company and staff for possible cases of aerosol transmissible diseases (ATD). These recommendations should help you prevent exposure to ATD, respond to exposure incidents, and protect our staff.

 

Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) A disease or pathogen that spreads through the air (such as chickenpox, measles, and TB) or through droplets (such as influenza, meningitis, and COVID-19). These are the types of diseases this guide is meant to protect against.

 

Cook Construction maintains, reviews and updates the Exposure Control Plan (ECP) whenever necessary to reflect new or modified tasks and procedures that affect occupational exposure.

 

Cook Construction has had 0 cases of a confirmed ATD in the last 12 months.

Download Cook Construction's Daily Coronavirus/COVID-19 Safety Checklist​

 

 

EMPLOYEE NOTIFICATION:

Cook Construction uses the following notifications to assure that all employees are informed of the hazard and take proper precautions against exposure ATD.

  • Email Announcements

  • Text Alerts and Phone Calls

Prevention

 

To prevent the spread of Aerosol Transmissible Diseases, our company provides basic hygiene supplies to staff, cleans and decontaminates headquarters and job sites regularly, asks site staff to clean and decontaminate construction sites regularly, and posts information on how to reduce transmission. This will reduce the spread of diseases spread through the air and through droplets and contact, like COVID-19.

 

SUPPLIES:

  • Liquid hand soap

  • Paper hand towels

  • Facial tissues

  • Plastic-lined wastebaskets (for used tissues)

  • Signs

 

None of these supplies will prevent infection by simply being in your facility, staff needs to use them regularly.

All employees who are not feeling well should stay home from work to prevent exposure to other

employees and should seek medical attention.


 

As of May 4, 2020 – All Cook Construction staff and employees shall make every possible effort to

maintain a 6-foot distance from one another at all times.
 

 

Site Supervisors are required to: 

  • Manage a singular point of entry (limit areas people come in contact with).

  • Disinfect high touch areas (including knobs, banisters, handles, tools, etc.) twice daily (morning and once they have left for the day).

  • Follow open and close sanitization procedures (above).

  • Manage material deliveries. When possible, do not handle deliveries for 24-48 hours.

  • Keep an eye out for partner use of PPE while onsite.

  • Inquire with labor force individually about current health status (daily morning check-in during tailgates with crews about symptoms or contact with others etc.)

  • Sanitize the portable toilet at least three times daily. 

  • Serve as the Site Safety Representative to monitor and implement all recommended safety practices during the COVID-19 virus situation with all contractors and site partners. 

 

Subcontractors are required to: 

  • Schedule visits to the site in advance – no surprise visits

  • Attend daily tailgate sessions to review site safety protocols 

  • Bring and wear their own masks to the job site 

  • Sanitize their own tools 

  • Maintain social distancing guidelines of 6’ whenever possible 

 

ALL people who visit the job site are required to: 

  • Observe the guidelines set forth in this protocol

  • Maintain social distancing guidelines of 6’ whenever possible 

  • Utilize provided site safety supplies such as hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations 

  • Use common sense towards the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 – we are all in this together! 

  • Follow the San Francisco Construction Industry Directive Order issued 4/2/2020 (posted on the front door of the property). 

  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the amount of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice) upon entering AND exiting the job site. 


 

BEST PRACTICES:

CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid coming in contact with others.

  • Practice social distancing with all individuals by keeping at least 6 feet between you and others.

  • Limit the number of people in one place at any given time.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick or keep your distance from a family member who may be sick.

  • If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, stay home, and seek medical care early on.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow (vs. hand) or tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

 

CLEANING AND DECONTAMINATION:

Clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces several times per shift. Pay special attention to:

  • Doorknobs

  • Tools

  • Banisters

  • Tabletops

  • Handrails

  • Mobile devices

  • Clean all common areas within the facility daily.

  • Empty trash receptacles frequently during the day

  • Regularly clean air vents and replace filters, especially on-air purifiers (like HEPA filters) 

 

SIGNS:

Posting signs around your facility is a great way to spread information and to teach or remind staff and clients how to practice good hygiene.

  • Hand washing (Clean hands save lives! Wash your hands)

  • Cough etiquette (Cover your Cough)

 

Signs should be posted at

  • Entrances and exits

  • Gathering areas

  • Dining areas

  • Bathrooms

Exposure Procedures

 

  • All employees who are not feeling well should stay home from work to prevent exposure to other employees and should seek medical attention.

 

The following procedures are used when there is a suspected or confirmed infectious ATD case at work:

  • All employees must report exposure incidents immediately to a member from Management or Human Resources. Cook Construction is responsible for investigating, evaluating, and documenting the circumstances surrounding the exposure incident for instituting changes to prevent similar occurrences.

  • If an employee is suspected of having a possible ATD at work through screening and follow up questions, the employee needs to be separated from staff members and sent home or transferred to a hospital or clinic for evaluation. Different methods of isolation will help prevent the disease from spreading to other people in our workplace and contaminating other areas or surfaces.

  • If the employee was exposed to others, within the last 14 days, Cook Construction will send all employees home while an investigation and cleaning is done. 

  • Once the cleaning has been done to facility, equipment, and/ or tools at the worksite. Employees who did not have contact with affected employees will be dispatched to return to work.

  • Employees who did have contact with a person exposed to an ATD will need to stay home until they have been cleared by a medical professional. 

 

After an ATD Case

 

When a person with an ATD has been on the job site, Cook Construction will work to figure out who else among staff and clients might have been exposed to the disease, and who may need medical services. The following steps should be followed:

  • Find out if the employee had an ATD

  • Call Cook Construction to report an ATD

  • File an Incident Report

  • Include as much information as possible on how long the person has stayed at the site, and when he/she was sent home or referred for medical care

  • Individual cases of ATD that require CDC involvement will be reported to the CDC by health care providers

 

CDC can help determine if an investigation is needed. They can help conduct an investigation and can provide guidance for an investigation. An investigation can determine if other staff or clients have been exposed based on who has come into contact with the sick client. Ideally, your site will have identified, isolated, and transferred the ATD case quickly, and with regular prevention controls, it will have prevented the disease from spreading at your facility.

 

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