In construction we put safety first in everything we do. Today is no different. As both information about the virus and public policy continue to change, we will continue to update our policy and practices to keep our Team and our Communities Safe.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) and reduce the potential risk of exposure to our workforce and visitors, we are providing the following guidelines for Team Members to be followed at all times:
All Team Members will be required to complete the following survey and certify that their answers are truthful and accurate. Anyone displaying symptoms per established guidelines will be removed from site immediately. Team Members will affirm they are complying daily at the time they punch in to work.
Have you had contact with someone who is being investigated for, or confirmed as, having COVID-19?
□ Yes □ No
Have you experienced cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing) in the last 14 days or been in close contact with someone experiencing these symptoms?
□ Yes □ No If yes, what dates: ________________
If you answered yes to any of the above, notify your supervisor, remove yourself from this site, and consider following up with your primary care provider or your State Department of Health for further direction.
I understand that my participation on this site is “voluntary” during this COVID-19 crisis and that no adverse actions will be taken on the part of F.A. Rohrbach LLC., if I choose not to continue at this time.
I acknowledge I have read and understand this directive, including the attached Best Practices for Working Safely and I have answered the above questions to the best of my knowledge.
Sign Print Name Date
A copy of this form will be kept on file with F.A. Rohrbach, LLC. Each day at Punch In, using the T-Sheets application, Team Members will reaffirm that their answers on this form have not changed and that they are in compliance with the Company’s COVID-19 Policy which is publicly available at Farohrbach.com/COVID-19.
The following addendum has been added to the F.A. Rohrbach Company Safety Program.
Need for a Plan
We take the health and safety of our employees very seriously. With the spread of the coronavirus or “COVID-19,” a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the we all must remain vigilant to protect its personnel and to help mitigate the outbreak in the public at large. In order to be safe and maintain operations, we have developed this COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan to be implemented, to the extent feasible and appropriate, throughout the Company and at all our jobsites. The Company’s Human Resource Team and Safety Committee will monitor the related guidance that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), and other authorities having jurisdiction continue to make available.
This Plan is based on information available from the CDC, OSHA, and various authorities having jurisdiction at the time of its publication. The current environment and the manner in which the authorities are addressing, however, is fluid. Accordingly, this policy is subject to change based on further information provided by the CDC, OSHA, and other public officials. The Company may also amend this Plan based on its strong desire to protect employees and operational needs.
All managers and supervisors must be familiar with this Plan and be ready to answer questions from employees. Managers and supervisors must always set a good example by following this Plan and any reasonably risk mitigation efforts put into place by the Company. This involves practicing good personal hygiene and jobsite safety practices to prevent the spread of the virus. Managers and supervisors must encourage this same behavior from all employees.
Employees play an important role in protecting each other from the COVID-19 outbreak. The Company is advising every one of our employees to help with prevention efforts while at work. As set forth below, the Company has instituted various housekeeping, social distancing, and other best practices at our jobsites. Given the importance of employee participation in these efforts, all employees will be required to read and sign this policy in order to acknowledging it.
Employees play an important role in protecting each other from the COVID-19 outbreak.The Company is advising every one of our employees to help with prevention efforts while at work. As set forth below, the Company has instituted various housekeeping, social distancing, and other best practices at our jobsites. Given the importance of employee participation in these efforts, all employees will be required to read and sign this policy in order to acknowledging it.
Basic Infection Prevention Measures that must be followed include:
If you have any of these symptoms, STAY HOME, call the Team Call Off Line, and call your Doctor.
Job Site Protective Measures
The Company has instituted the following protective measures at all jobsites:
Employees or visitors to any Company property, including job sites, will have taken their temperature and recorded in a log. Any employee of visitor recording a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be permitted to enter the jobsite or other Company property. Any employee/contractor/visitor showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to leave the site, immediately.
PPE & Work Practice Controls
Exposure Response Plans
Employee Exhibits COVID-19 Symptoms
If an employee exhibits COVID-19 symptom, the employee must remain at home until he or she is symptom free for 72 hours (3 full days) without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants). The Company will similarly require an employee who reports to work with symptoms to return home until he or she is symptom free for 72 hours (3 full days). To the extent practical, employees are required to obtain a doctor’s note clearing them to return to work. It is within the sole discretion of ROHRBACH to determine if an employee poses a health risk due to COVID-19 to ROHRBACH employees or others on the jobsite.
Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 will be directed to self-quarantine away from work. Employees that test positive and are symptom free may return to work when at least seven (7) days have passed since the date of his or her first positive test and have not had a subsequent illness. Employees who test positive and are directed to care for themselves at home may return to work when: (1) at least 72 hours (3 full days) have passed since recovery; and (2) at least seven (7) days have passed since symptoms first appeared. ROHRBACH reserves the right to require a note from an appropriate health care provided clearing an employee to come back to work in the event of a possible COVID-19 exposure or illness.
Employees who test positive and have been hospitalized may return to work when directed to do so by their medical care providers. The Company will require an employee to provide documentation clearing his or her return to work.
Employee Has Close Contact with an Individual Who Has Tested Positive for COVID-19
Employees who have come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 (co-worker or otherwise) will be directed to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that individual. Close contact is defined as being within six (6) feet for a prolonged period.
If the Company learns that an employee has tested positive, the Company will conduct an investigation to determine co-workers who may have had close contact with the confirmed-positive employee in the prior 14 days and direct those individuals who have had close contact with the confirmed-positive employee to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that employee. If applicable, the Company will also notify any sub-contractors, vendors/suppliers or visitors who may have had close contact with the confirmed-positive employee. If an employee learns that he or she has come into close contact with a confirmed-positive individual outside of the workplace, he/she must alert a manager or supervisor of the close contact and self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that individual.
If a confirmed case of COVID-19 is reported, the Company will determine if it meets the criteria for record-ability and report-ability under OSHA’s recordkeeping rule. OSHA requires construction employers to record work-related injuries and illnesses that meet certain severity criteria on the OSHA 300 Log, as well as complete the OSHA Form 301 (or equivalent) upon the occurrence of these injuries. For purposes of COVID-19, OSHA also requires employers to report to OSHA any work-related illness that (1) results in a fatality, or (2) results in the in-patient hospitalization of one or more employee. “In-patient” hospitalization is defined as a formal admission to the in-patient service of a hospital or clinic for care or treatment.
OSHA has made a determination that COVID-19 should not be excluded from coverage of the rule – like the common cold or the seasonal flu – and, thus, OSHA is considering it an “illness.” However, OSHA has stated that only confirmed cases of COVID-19 should be considered an illness under the rule. Thus, if an employee simply comes to work with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but is not a confirmed diagnosis, the record-ability analysis is not necessarily triggered at that time.
If an employee has a confirmed case of COVID-19, the Company will conduct an assessment of any workplace exposures to determine if the case is work-related. Work-relatedness is presumed for illnesses that result from events or exposures in the work environment, unless it meets certain exceptions. One of those exceptions is that the illness involves signs or symptoms that surface at work but result solely from a non-work-related event or exposure that occurs outside of the work environment. Thus, if an employee develops COVID-19 solely from an exposure outside of the work environment, it would not be work-related, and thus not recordable.
The Company’s assessment will consider the work environment itself, the type of work performed, the risk of person-to-person transmission given the work environment, and other factors such as community spread. Further, if an employee has a confirmed case of COVID-19 that is considered work-related, the Company will report the case to OSHA if it results in a fatality within 30 days or an in-patient hospitalization within 24-hours of the exposure incident
We are continually adapting this policy as new information and guidance becomes available.