It’s important that we all stay informed and exercise best practices regarding public health, so that we ensure the safety of ourselves, our families and our communities.
In response to COVID-19, or coronavirus, we have compiled the following common-sense guidelines based on official recommendations from both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Although the risk for workers in our industry remains generally “low,” there are simple things we can all do to prioritize safety and wellbeing today and every day.
Operating Engineers Local 4 is proud to maintain the highest standards of worksite safety in the region and the world. As such, please closely review the following information so that together, we can maintain the healthiest workplaces possible.
- Clean your hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol or wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Visit the CDC’s coughing and sneezing etiquette and clean hands webpage for more information.
- If you’re not feeling well or have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, it is recommended that you stay home and not come to work until you are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Please report an illness and subsequent absence from work to your contractor, as well as the Union Hall at 508-533-1433.
- Seek medical help if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Information on COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the CDC website.
- Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found on the CDC website.
- Check yourself for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel and stay home if you’re sick.
- If you become sick while traveling, promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.
- Members who are well but who have a sick family member or roommate at home with COVID-19 should notify their contractor, and the Union Hall, and stay home.