SPG COVID-19 Safety Policy
Ensuring the health and safety of all of our clients, employees, contractors and visitors is our most important responsibility. As SPG continues to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 closely, we are following federal, state/provincial and municipal directives and recommendations.
We need to consider how best to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower the impact in our workplace and those of our customers. This includes activities in one or more of the following areas:
- Reduce transmission among employees,
- Maintain healthy business operations, and
- Maintain a healthy work environment.
PREVENTION AND PRECAUTIONS WE HAVE TAKEN THUS FAR FOR OUR COMPANY
- Cancelled all non-essential travel.
- We encourage staff to telework, particularly individuals at increased risk of severe illness.
- Conducting all meetings via conference calls or video conference when possible. Do not convene meetings of more than 10 people (or less depending on local health regulations).
- Implementing various levels of social distancing (6 feet or 2 meters) measures including limiting in-person meetings, lunchroom seating all based on local governmental regulations.
- Restricted access to our worksite if the individual has traveled internationally in the past 14 days.
- Prompt identification and isolation of potentially infectious individuals is a critical step in protecting workers, customers, visitors, and others. We mandate self-isolation for any symptomatic personnel.
- Employees who have signs and symptoms per CDC – (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor and stay home.
- If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, we will inform fellow employees (and clients if the employee worked at their site) of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by law. The fellow employees should then self-monitor for symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath).
- Ensured hand hygiene supplies are readily available in our workplace. • Increased frequency of cleaning with disinfectants recommended for coronavirus.
- Require frequent and thorough handwashing, sanitizing, as well as coughing and sneezing etiquette.
- Where required additional PPE will be issued at no charge based on the hazard.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Always wash hands when they are visibly soiled and after removing any PPE.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- All employees should bring foods and beverages from home when possible. Do not share water bottles.
- When entering a machine or vehicle that you are not sure you were the last person to enter, wipe down the exterior and interior and door handles, steering wheel and gear shifter with disinfectant wipes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 70% alcohol.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs. Dirty surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection. To disinfect, use products that meet criteria for use against COVID-19, and are appropriate for the surface.
- Avoid using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. If necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use.
- Practice social distancing by avoiding large gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
As the COVID-19 situation develops we will supply updated information and/or requirements to our employees, contractors, supplier, visitors and customers as required.
PRECAUTIONS WE ASK OF CONTRACTORS, SUPPLIERS OR VISITORS
We require that any subcontractor, supplier or visitor comply with federal, provincial and municipal guidelines and postpone any plans to visit our facility if within the last 14 days they have:
- Been diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Traveled internationally in the past 14 days.
- Been exposed to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Have had close contact with a person suspected of direct exposure to COVID-19.
PRECAUTIONS WE TAKE FOR OUR CLIENTS
- Maintain communications with our clients for workforce readiness and availability and share our client’s precautionary measures for COVID-19 with our employees before they report to the client.
- Deny access to any client location if any employee has traveled internationally in the past 14 days.
- Deny access to any client if an employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19. • Deny access to any client location if any employee shows symptomatic signs fever, cough or shortness of breath) or have had close contact with a person suspected of direct exposure to COVID-19.
- We will strictly follow our client requirements for entry on their property to perform work.
- No formerly denied access employee will be allowed to return to work until cleared based on local law or regulation.