4/6/20 – Guidelines for Returning to Work on Wednesday, April 8
April 6, 2020
Dear fellow AeroGo team members,
Since our closure on March 25th, AeroGo’s management team has continued to meet daily (using virtual meetings) to monitor worldwide COVID-19 developments and discuss how we can balance the best interests of our employees, customers and vendors; as this fluid situation unfolds.
AeroGo has been deemed an “essential” supplier to several industries (Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Energy & more) identified in the Governor’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order. Despites this fact, AeroGo’s management team made the tough decision to support “flattening the curve” and closed our facility for two weeks.
After much discussion, we have decided that we have an obligation to return to the work of providing our support to these critical industries. The first day back in the facility will be Wednesday, April 8, 2020. In order to ensure we provide the safest work environment possible to our employees, we have developed a set of workplace guidelines that ALL employees need to comply with while working on-site – for the safety of all (see below). If any employee does not feel safe reporting to work, please contact your manager or HR and we will work to accommodate you to the fullest extent possible. We’re in this together and we’ll get through it together.
We will be staggering start times on our first day back to make sure everyone knows the guidelines required of our employees and commits to continue to apply these guidelines with great vigilance until further notice. You will be contacted by your manager for your specific start time. We appreciate your understanding of this challenging situation.
We are trying to keep everyone safe and gather as many supplies as possible. If you have some of these items at home and are able to bring some of these items from home that would be much appreciated.
What to bring from home if you have items available:
- Mask or bandana to cover nose/mouth. If you have extra please bring them.
- Gloves (Boxes or single pairs)
- Hand Sanitizer
Guidelines that must be adhered to from the World Health Organization-(WHO)
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections
AEROGO SPECIFIC RESPONSE TO CURRENT WORKING SITUATION
Barriers and specific doors are noted as to not allow co-mingling. Everyone is to bring lunches to work and eat in your own area making sure to practice social distancing. If a worker gets sick and tests positive for COVID-19 we can more easily target a small group or pod of workers that interacted with that employee and ask them to stay home. With less of the population affected for every case of COVID-19 identified, your ability to continue production is increased.
Each day as you come into work we ask that you read the sign at the door and answer the questions honestly to yourself. If you answer “yes” to any of them please return home. If you have questions please reach out to your manager or HR.
Those questions are:
Additional steps to help maintain a safe work environment include:
- Bandanas/face shields-please provide your own for use as there is limited supply available.
- Gloves are available in all areas of the shop and office- If you have gloves please bring them.
- No community coffee/water. Vending machines will be unplugged.
- Alternating days to work from home for office shifts.
- Work from home is an option for specific positions
- Individual lunches – No heating up in microwaves
- No outside lunches for ALL employees (be onsite for total shift/lunches part of paid hours)
- No meetings with more than 10 people and there must be room for 6ft spacing between each person.
- Offices and work areas have blue tape on floor for do not cross into personal working space
- Restrooms- AeroGo is doing the very best to help minimize high traffic areas. In order to help achieve this we are setting up porta-potties and assigning employees to a specific area. While not ideal, this will help alleviate crowds and cross contamination to the group as a whole. Due to the construction of the porta-potties they can be sprayed down before and after each use
- All doors open where possible
- No outside visitors other than deliveries
- Best practices for filling car with fuel.
- No clocking in through Elliott at this time. Manager to keep track.
- Do not share computers or phones
- Wipe down forklift before and after use