The health and safety of our employees, clients, vendors, and suppliers remain our number one priority. In response to the coronavirus and subsequent COVID-19 outbreak, Abbott Construction moved quickly to implement rigorous COVID-19 jobsite protocols and controls to protect our clients, employees and communities.
These measures remain in place and are updated regularly to align with the latest recommendations and orders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and relevant local and federal guidelines.
The following is Abbott Construction’s Project Site Guidelines for COVID-19 Disease Prevention.
Project Site Monitor
- All projects have a dedicated Project Site Monitor responsible for implementing and enforcing COVID-19 jobsite requirements.
Daily Temperature Screening and Health Screening
- Per local guidelines, all individuals at the beginning of their shift are required to answer a series of respiratory symptom questions and as mandated by local jurisdictions have their temperature taken using a ‘no touch’ or ‘no contact’ thermometer to identify the potential risk of exposure.
- As mandated by local jurisdictions, screenings are conducted privately by the Project Site Monitor or a designated Screener.
- Individuals who are experiencing a temperature or signs of respiratory illness are required to leave the jobsite.
Social Distancing Measures
- Individuals able to perform their job remotely are required to telecommute.
- All individuals on the jobsite are to maintain at least six (6) feet of separation from others whenever possible.
- Individuals are not allowed to gather or socialize unless they are following the recommended social distancing measures.
- Jobsites have instituted shift work, staggering start times, and rotating project teams.
- Essential meetings are conducted in a well-ventilated area or outdoors and will include no more than 10 people at one time.
- Non-essential in-person meetings and jobsite tours are prohibited and should be conduct via Skype.
Postings and Signage
- Jobsites have all postings and signage as mandated by local jurisdictions.
Personal Protective Equipment
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, safety glasses, goggles, face shields or face masks are provided as appropriate or required for the activity being performed.
- All individuals must wear a mask and eye protection at all times.
- As mandated by local jurisdictions, all individuals must wear gloves at all times.
- If appropriate PPE cannot be provided, the jobsite will be shut down.
Constant and Daily Communication Regarding Hygiene Protocols and Disease Prevention
- Daily meetings at the start of each day are conducted to discuss protocols for social distancing, PPE, preventive hygiene and disease prevention, and what to do if an individual begins to show signs of illness while on the jobsite.
- Individuals are reminded to notify their supervisor if they are ill or begin to feel ill while on the jobsite. They will be instructed to leave the jobsite and contact Abbott Construction’s Director of Human Resources for additional guidance.
Hand Washing, Hand Washing Stations or Disinfecting Stations
- Individuals are to avoid touching their face (eyes, nose or mouth) with unwashed hands.
- Individuals are to wash their hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- When soap and water are not available, individuals are to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Additional hand washing stations have been added to jobsites where running water is not available.
- If an individual goes home sick, the area(s) that the individual worked is immediately disinfected.
Enhanced Jobsite Cleaning Standards
- Disinfection and sterilization of commonly touched surfaces on the jobsite regularly following CDC guidelines and OSHA standards for cleaning using EPA approved cleaners.
- Each jobsite has an individual designated to provide continuous sanitation of frequent “touch-points” such as door handles, hand railings, etc.
- Individuals are required to use available cleaners to wipe down personal work areas and tools two to three times per day.
- Portable restroom cleaning has been increased.
- Hand wash stations are being utilized where running water is not available.
Travel Restrictions and Guidance
Individuals visiting Abbott Construction jobsites after traveling, internationally or domestically, must following the recommendations of the CDC and other relevant agencies.
Suspected or Confirmed Contact with COVID-19
- Individual must leave the jobsite and follow CDC and local health department protocols.
- Abbott Construction jobsite supervisor must immediately notify Abbott Construction's Director of Human Resources.
- Individuals may not return to the jobsite until 14 days have passed since the time their infection was suspected or confirmed, and they are free of any symptoms without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicine for at least 72 hours.
- Subcontractors are required to implement and establish a project-specific COVID-19 action plan and, at a minimum follow Abbott Construction’s guideline.
These enhanced guidelines are critical to our ability to build safely. Any individual not following Abbott Construction’s health and safety protocols will be removed from the jobsite immediately.