Tips for Staying Healthy on the Jobsite
Things are different right now; we are in a situation that most of us have not been in during our lifetime. There are many things we need to do differently today to keep healthy than we had to do a month ago. Staying healthy and keeping our workplace safe is always a top priority, but today we just need to take some additional precautions.
Per the CDC (Center for Disease Control), people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety are more prone to serious complications when dealing with the Coronavirus. As employers we need to keep this in mind and encourage our employees who fall into these categories to take even more precaution.
- Have masks and gloves available for all of your employees who continue to work at job sites. Your crew members don’t necessarily need an N95 mask, so consider asking your crew members to make their own at home or have someone make them for you and give one or two to each employee. As for gloves, ask your crew to wear their heavy-duty work gloves at all times on site. When they go home, advise them to bleach wash them for the next day.
- If there is no hand-washing station or sanitation station at a job site, install one. Check out one of our other blogs that will give you helpful tips to build one.
- The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) gave employers the green light on March 18th to take employees’ temperatures to try and ward off the spread of the Coronavirus.
- An infrared digital thermometer can be used to measure temperature by holding the thermometer over the central forehead approximately 3 cm from the body surface. This is the least invasive process.
- Take and log temperatures 3 times a day (morning, afternoon and at the end of the day). If anyone shows signs of a temperature, they should be sent home and asked to quarantine themselves.
- Keep all employees at the recommended 6 feet social distancing guideline while on the job site.
- Keep all surfaces cleaned and disinfected.
There is no guarantee that you can keep the COVID-19 virus from spreading once someone on the job site has it. However, taking the above steps will help you maintain as healthy of a job site as you can.