VECA COVID19 HEALTH SAFETY PRACTICES

6.02.2020 – The updates below are in accordance with the State of Washington Phase 2 Construction Job Site Requirements & Proclamation 20-25

For job site specific safety protocols please refer to VECA Electric COVID19 Policy (COV-19- 002).

With the current state of emergency and changing conditions VECA reserves the right to change any of the conditions of this policy at our discretion in order to preserve the health and safety of our personnel.


Employees who have the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Loss of taste or smell

will be required to stay home until they meet the following:

  • Fever free for 72 hours AND
  • Free of other symptoms with no medicine or treatment for at least 24 hours

OR

  • Provide a doctor’s note clearing them to return to work

Employees who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, prior to returning to work are required to:

  • Provide a negative COVID-19 result OR
  • Stay home for the 14-day quarantine period
    Note - A potential exposure means being a household contact or having close contact within 6 feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19

Employees who are confirmed to have COVID-19, prior to returning to work are required to:

  • Provide a negative COVID-19 result AND
  • Be free of all symptoms for 72 hours

OR

  • Stay home for the 14-day quarantine period AND
  • Be free of all symptoms for 72 hours AND
  • Provide a doctor’s note clearing them to return to work

Communication of Information:

  • All employees are to report any illness/suspect of exposure to their direct VECA supervisor or HR immediately
  • VECA will then be able to investigate the level of threat and be able to accurately depict the situation to the General Contractors and/or customers

All employees are to report any illness/suspect of exposure to their direct VECA supervisor or HR immediately

VECA will then be able to investigate the level of threat and be able to accurately depict the situation to the General Contractors and/or customers

Employees are required to contact their Supervisor and/or HR for the following if they:

  • Are off work for three days or longer due to any illness
  • Believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have confirmed to have COVID-19
    NOTE- If this is the case DO NOT return to the office or jobsite. Call your Supervisor and HR immediately from a safe location where you are not around others. At that point you will receive further instructions on how to proceed.
  • Are planning any travel abroad
  • Are off work for three days or longer due to any illness
  • Believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have confirmed to have COVID-19
    NOTE- If this is the case DO NOT return to the office or jobsite. Call your Supervisor and HR immediately from a safe location where you are not around others. At that point you will receive further instructions on how to proceed.
  • Are planning any travel abroad

Anyone traveling internationally will be required to stay home for 14 days upon your return prior to returning to work

We do not advise travelling domestically. There are no restrictions at this time for returning to work after domestic travel in the contiguous states, however VECA reserves the right to quarantine an employee if they feel the travel the employee elected to go on places personnel at risk.

Any craft worker coming to work on a construction site in Washington from any state that is not contiguous to Washington must self-quarantine for 14 days to become eligible to work on a job site in Washington.

Social Distancing Guidelines:

  • Personnel must practice social distancing
  • Personnel must maintain a 6’ personal space radius at all times
  • No physical contact (handshakes, fist bumps, etc.)
  • Meetings should be held via Zoom or Microsoft Teams or phone conference
  • If you MUST meet in person, meet in a large room where you are 6’ apart from each other

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • Cloth face masks must be worn at all times by every employee on the worksite
  • Eye protection must be worn at all times by every employee on the worksite
  • Gloves must be worn at all times by every employee on the worksite
  • The type of glove worn should be appropriate to the task

Workplace Cleanliness Guidelines:

  • Surfaces that are regularly touched must be cleaned frequently to maintain a visibly clean state
  • For surfaces touched by multiple workers, this can be done on a frequent schedule, or between workers
  • For surfaces touched by a single worker, this needs to be done at least once per shift at a minimum
  • Provisions must be made to physically wipe, and clean objects handled extensively by more than one worker when the items are transferred
  • Surfaces that are regularly touched must be cleaned frequently to maintain a visibly clean state
  • For surfaces touched by multiple workers, this can be done on a frequent schedule, or between workers
  • For surfaces touched by a single worker, this needs to be done at least once per shift at a minimum
  • Provisions must be made to physically wipe, and clean objects handled extensively by more than one worker when the items are transferred

The same simple steps that prevent the spread of the ordinary flu work against COVID19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw tissue away and wash hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick

Project Leadership Teams:

  • Every team member on your project needs to receive a copy of this information
  • All jobsites are to print and post the “Stop the Spread of Germs” poster in common areas

Where can I Turn for More Information?

The Public Health–Seattle and King County coronavirus webpage will be continually updated as more information becomes available.

WA State Department of Health novel coronavirus call center: 1-800-525-0127

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