JOB SITE PROTECTIVE MEASURES
Ensuring safety in the workforce for our owners, designers,
support staff, field personnel and vendor partners
The health and safety of our clients and of our team is of utmost importance. In order to minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure or contamination, the following protocols are mandatory on all Sweeney job sites. These procedures apply to all Sweeney field personnel and any vendor partners who work on a Sweeney project.
Sweeney employees are asked to contact the client by phone, email or text the night before we are scheduled to arrive at the worksite. Confirm arrival time and that all persons in the home are healthy and non-symptomatic. Instruct the client to contact you immediately if anything changes.
Survey the situation prior to stepping foot on a job site. Ask deliberate questions of our clients, subcontractors, and any other people to assess and minimize risk. If anyone answers “yes” to any of our questions, they will be asked to leave and not return to the work site until further notice. See examples below (refer to the “Construction Risk Insights” document).
- Have you been in contact with a person who has tested positive or is in the process of being tested for COVID-19?
- Have you or anyone you’ve been in contact with traveled outside of the United States recently?
- Has a medical professional told you to self-quarantine?
- Are you having trouble breathing, or have you had flu-like symptoms within the past 48 hours (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, chills or fatigue)?
- These Protective Measures are shared with all vendor partners. In order to be permitted on a Sweeney project, they will have to agree to and sign off on these Protective Measures.
- 24 hours before driving to a client job site, Sweeney employees will take inventory of face masks, disposable latex gloves, hand sanitizer, and spray bottles filled with cleaning solution (see below) and make sure the vehicle trucks are stocked and ready for use.
- Clean and disinfect any frequently used tools, equipment, or work surfaces (door knobs, handles, hardware, etc.) in the work vehicle and at the worksite using 60-95% alcohol solution or Bleach and water solution (5 Tablespoons or 1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
- A thorough cleaning of all tools is required before going back into the work vehicle after leaving the job site
- A thorough cleaning of work vehicle surfaces is required before leaving the worksite each day.
- Vacuum filters are to be change or cleaned weekly. New or clean filters are to be installed for each new job.
- Clean/disinfect any lunch boxes or water bottles used on the job site, once home
- Remove and wash work clothes daily
WORK AREA PROTECTION
- Reduce/avoid trips to your vehicle by gathering all needed tools/supplies upon arrival and place by the workplace entrance.
- Set any tool(s) down next to your vehicle after leaving the job site
- Multiple team members are not allowed to share tools while on the job site to minimize contamination.
- All lead-safe work and OSHA best practices are to be followed at all times. These include careful dust protection and the use of high efficiency HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers.
- A confined work area is to be created whenever possible. This area will be isolated by using temporary plastic barrier walls. The plastic is to be taped on all sides, top and bottom.
- Air filters are to be taped over any air registers and or vents within the work area
- Canvas runners are to be used to create a path through non-isolated areas of the home to allow for access to the work area.
- There is to be no eating on the job site. Lunch, snacks, etc. should be consumed outside away from the work site or in the truck.
- Make phone calls first prior to having face-to-face interaction (between clients, carpenters, office staff, subcontractors and vendors)
- Avoid using phones/tablets in the work area. If needed to us an electronic device, do so after exiting the work area, removing your gloves and mask, and after sanitizing your hands.
- Avoid touching your face, and cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow.
- All Sweeney employees are to put on personal protective equipment (gloves and a mask) when entering a client’s home
- Employees and vendor partners are expected to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands with soap and water before entering the home (washing stations to be connected to a hose or use a temporary kitchen set up).
- Social distancing is to be practiced at all times, which requires all clients, vendors, subcontractors and co-workers to maintain at least a 6-foot of distance between each other. If there is a situation where social distancing needs to be compromised, appropriate personal protective equipment (i.e., gloves, masks, etc.) will need to be worn and disinfected after use.
- Shoe coverings (booties) are to be worn when entering the home and to remain on while working inside the home unless floor protection is in place or the work area is isolated from the living area by a sealed plastic partition.
- All Sweeney employees or trade vendors are required to take their temperature at the beginning of every workday to check for a fever. Anyone exhibiting a fever will not be permitted to work.
- Strict quarantine protocols will be followed: anyone that has had even incidental risk of exposure or has traveled by air- either domestically or internationally, will be quarantined for a period of 14 days.
- The size of any groups should be kept to a minimum – no more than 10 people.
- Take every necessary measure to AVOID using the client’s bathroom.
- Portable toilet facilities will be provided on all jobs where feasible. The units are to be locked at the end of each day to ensure they aren’t being used by the public or vandalized.
- Utilize curb side pickup whenever possible
- These required Protective Measures are to be posted on every job site.
These policies have been modified and implemented effective immediately.
Again, the health and safety of our clients and of our team is of utmost importance. Thank you for your trust.