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Employee Health and Safety Measures

  • Check employees’ health at the beginning of every work day/shift
  • Employers may:
    • Ask an employee if they have fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle pain, or other  influenza-like symptoms.  All information must be kept confidential.
    • Send an employee home if they have any of these symptoms.
    • Take an employee’s temperature with a no-contact thermometer. Information must be kept confidential.
    • Require employees to wear personal protective equipment and adopt infection- control practices
    • See Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) information and checklists in Resource list
  • Inquire of employees that call in sick or leave work because of illness if they have COVID-19-like symptoms.
  • Require all employees to wear face coverings when interacting with other employees or the public if not able to maintain the 6 foot distancing at all times. If wearing a face covering is not possible, the 6 foot distancing must be maintained.
    • Executive Order 202.16 ( effective 4.15.20) states: For all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees.
  • Evaluate and inventory personal protective equipment, sanitizers, and cleaning products so as not to run out (See Resources for information on face coverings and hand sanitizer)
  • Evaluate employee jobs to determine which require more than one person to be in close proximity (i.e. distancing is not possible) and determine if anything can be done to limit interaction – if not, then wear face coverings
  • If teams are necessary, group crews by social groups/family, common transportation, and/or common housing so that any potential virus spread is within a team rather than across all teams.
  • Organize work areas, work hours and work shifts to minimize number of people in an area at one time, whenever possible
  • Consider hiring additional employees or dedicating employees to take care of sanitizing and cleaning frequently touched surfaces between shifts
  • If doing deliveries, consider having only one person in the vehicle, or wearing face coverings and/or installing clear removable barriers in vehicles (if possible to do so safely), use hand sanitizers, and sanitize frequently touched surfaces between trips. 
  • If transporting workers, limit number of people in the vehicle and run more frequently or more vehicles, wear face coverings and use hand sanitizers, and sanitize frequently touched surfaces between trips.
  • Mark employee workstations with tape or install dividers to help them keep 6 feet apart
  • Put up signs to remind employees of requirements (distancing, avoid touching face, face covering and glove use, handwashing protocols) and to announce changes in policy/guidance
    • Signs should be in multiple places – entry/exit doors, bathroom doors, break rooms, information posting sites, etc.
    • Other places where signage might be important – for delivery people coming in to the operation
    • To limit access of visitors to production areas
  • Put limits on areas where employees gather – such as break or lunch rooms
    • remove and spread out tables and chairs to accommodate proper distancing
    • consider opening outdoor spaces for this purpose
    • divide up break times into multiple shifts
    • institute rules as to how many can gather at one time, how they should distance themselves, etc.
  • Any positive tests for COVID-19 must be reported to state and local health departments.
  • Delivery – reduce number of people going in and out of trucks
  • Employee housing information is found in Resources

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For Landscape Operations

  • Limit the number of employees in a vehicle or require face coverings if there is more than one employee in a vehicle
    • Check insurance to see if employees are allowed to use personal vehicles to reach job sites if you are requiring limited numbers of employees in each vehicle
    • Install clear removeable barriers between employees in trucks, if possible to do so safely
  • Keep sanitizing products in trucks and clean surfaces like steering wheels, shift levers, radio buttons, door handles and tools frequently
  • Provide a closeable container for used tissues, gloves or other soiled items
  • Do not go into stores, client facilities or homes while working at a job site
  • See additional suggestions for Landscape Operations in Resources