RECOVERY: Daily Operations and RESTART during COVID-19 Pandemic

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Physical Distancing Plan

3. P'hysical Distancing Plan (Phase 1 and 2)

Self-Distancing

Also known as “Social Distancing,” is one of the primary ways to avoid contracting a virus or contamination. It is imperative that employees maintain proper self-distancing as recommended by the CDC and other health organizations. This means that a minimum of 6-feet must be maintained between employees. This procedure should be continued even when workers are wearing PPE. This applies to: gathering in groups, carpooling with others outside of your home, and similar activities that would put you and/or others in close proximity and increase the risk of contamination NOTE:See CDC Social Distancing Guidelines. Prior to resuming operations, duties that require employees to work within 6-feet of each other must be evaluated using the companies Hazard Analysis for potential health and wellness risks. This is to ensure protection for each employee. The following instructions and tips are established to help maintain proper self-distancing:

Note:
Face cloth masks must always be worn, except when eating or drinking, in Phase 1.

Work Areas:

Avoid sharing other workers’ phones, desks, offices, workstations, equipment and tools. If multiple uses of these items/areas are necessary, provide disinfectants for employees to clean before, during, and at the end of each shift change.

Meetings:

Note Phased Implementation and Chart for Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3.

  • In-person meetings should be avoided as much as possible
  • Teleconferencing should be used by site essential staff provided they are dialing in from separate areas
  • 6-ft distancing from one another must be maintained at all times in Phase 1

Breakrooms:

  • If possible, close break rooms
  • Employees must maintain 6-ft self-distancing.
  • Breaks may need to be staggered
  • Employees should not sit directly next to or across from one another.
  • Minimize touching objects such as vending machines, coolers, refrigerators
  • and other commonly shared breakroom items.
  • When breakroom items are touched, employees must wash hands.
  • Prior to exiting the breakroom, properly disinfect all items encountered.
  • When possible, use separate doors to enter and exit the breakroom to
  • avoid close proximity with others.
  • As the weather gets warmer, encourage employees to use outside break areas with proper social distancing.

Lunch Areas and Cafeterias:

  • If possible, close break rooms and cafeterias
  • All breakroom guidelines apply.
  • Encourage employees to bring their own lunch so no more communal sharing such as hot buffet/ cafeteria lunch program, etc. and discourage drop-off food deliveries to maintain social distancing and spread of COVID-19.
  • The use of disposables such as plates, cups and utensils are deemed a ‘Best Practice’.
  • Self-Service must not be allowed at this time.
  • Lids on garbage cans should be propped up or have touchless lids
  • As the weather gets warmer, encourage employees to use outside break areas with proper social distancing.

Restrooms:

  • Physical distancing guidelines must be maintained in restrooms, including waiting in lines.
  • All employees must properly disinfect hands when finished.
  • Restrooms must stay sanitary – dispose of paper products properly and completely flush toilets.
  • If possible, restroom doors shall remain open to avoid repeated contact by employees.
  • If possible, restrooms require pathways that avoid close proximity of employees.

Shift Changes:

  • If possible, adjust shifts from one, two, or even three shifts to support social distancing as a best practice, but this is not required
  • Do not congregate in parking lots or other areas prior to or after shifts.
  • No more than 2 people shall occupy one vehicle when conducting work, face coverings shall be worn when riding together
  • Maintain 6-feet of distance while entering or exiting the facility.
  • If possible, one-way entry and exits should be established.
  • If possible, entry & exit doors should remain open during shift changes.
  • Avoid touching the time clock bare-handed
  • Avoid sharing other workers’ phones, desks, offices, workstations, equipment and tools. If multiple uses of these items/areas are necessary, provide disinfectants to clean before, during, and at the end of each shift change.

Source: Combination of best practices from Vermont manufacturing companies operating during “Stay Safe, Stay Home” Executive Orders, and from MEP National Network Centers across the U.S.

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