There is nothing more important than the safety of our employees, customers and the communities we serve. Over the last two weeks we have undertaken additional changes to protect our employees, customers, vendors and each other. We will continue to monitor CDC, State and local government recommendations as they continue to change. In addition, we are in contact with local and state health departments and are following their guidelines.
As a small local business, we are also navigating through the daily changes. Here are several resources that you might find helpful in these unprecedented times.
Customers and Jobsites
We are encouraging our customers to follow same practices on job sites as recommended by the CDC and outlined by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety.
- Provide increased job site ventilation by leaving open doors and windows on job site to flush job site with fresh air and sunshine.
- Practice social distancing by maintaining a minimum 6-foot distance from others.
- Preclude gatherings of any size, and if any two or more people must meet, ensure minimum 6-foot separation.
- Provide personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields and face masks as appropriate for the activity being performed.
- Designate a site specific COVID19 Safety Supervisor to enforce this guidance. A designated COVID19 Supervisor shall be present on the construction site at all times during construction activities.
- Identify “choke points” and “high-risk areas” where workers are forced to stand together, such as hallways and break areas, and control them so social distancing is maintained.
- Minimize interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials, ensure minimum 6-foot separation.
- Stagger the number of crews and trades as necessary to reduce density and maintain minimum 6-foot separation social distancing.
- Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, work tools and equipment. If necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use.
- Post, in areas visible to all worker, required hygienic practices including not touching face with unwashed hands or with gloves; washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, cleaning AND disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, machines, shared tools, elevator control buttons, and doorknobs; covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing as well as other hygienic recommendations by the CDC.
- Place wash stations or hand sanitizers in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.
- Require anyone on the project to stay home if they are sick, except to get medical care.
- Have employees inform their supervisor if they have a sick family member at home with COVID19.
- Maintain a daily attendance log of all workers and visitors.
Cities and Counties
- Utilizing Cal/OSHA interim guidance which provides employers and workers with information for preventing exposure to the coronavirus.
- Working with City and County building departments and building inspectors to work digitally in all of our markets. The City of Santa Barbara, for example, has committed to continue to provide public services during this time. Services will be modified to limit in-person interaction and ensure social distancing.
Hayward continues to proactively communicate with its Employees, Contractors, Developers, Architects, the AIA, Builders Exchange, and other trade organizations to come up with safe solutions to protect our employees, our customers, our families and the communities we live in while still supporting essential services and the construction industry.
We’re all in this together. And we will get through this together. Stay safe!