KEEPING TEAM SAFE AND LANDSCAPING

Things change daily and we are working hard to keep our team safe and landscaping for our valued clients. As announced in our newsletter yesterday, we have instated strict social distancing, personal hygiene resources, facility and vehicle cleaning, working from home options for our office staff, and employee health monitoring as well as the requirement to stay home if ill. We are monitoring the situation closely and modifying our plan daily to protect our team and comply with regulations as they occur. As our teams work outside and maintain social distancing as a normal course of work, our process modification is somewhat easier that office or warehouse workers.  
We are also continuing to monitor the Center For Disease ControlOregon Health Authority guidelines and recommendations for businesses, as well as the recommendations from National Association of Landscape ProfessionalsBOMAIREM, and CAI To date, it has not impacted our team or ability to operate and provide our service, but our safety and contingency plans are continually being evaluated and updated as new information is available.  We hope to be able to continue to operate to serve our clients and keep our team earning wages through this crisis. 
OUR UPDATED PLAN IS AS FOLLOWS:

Pacific Landscape Management COVID-19 safety policy (effective 3/17/20)
This is a fluid situation being evaluated on an on-going basis and is subject to change at any point. 

 

1.  Promote hand hygiene by all employees:

 

a.  We have trained all and placed posters that encourage physical separation, hand hygiene, sneeze/cough etiquette to adhere to the following:

  • Employees to maintain physical separation and refrain from any touching
  • Wash stations have been set up and employees will wash hands when arriving and departing
  • Employees instructed to bring water jugs and we will provide hand soap in trucks for use in field
  • Employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available)
  • All employees have been given a bottle of hand sanitizer to carry with them at all times
 

2.  Keep business units separate:


 
a.  We are keeping office staff separate from field staff:

        
    i.   Dispatching field employees from outdoor yard without going in the shop or office
         ii.  We have made arrangements for most office staff to work from home
         iii.   We have cancelled all group meetings, training, and perform all huddles with social distancing
 

3.Employees who appear sick will be sent home:


 
a.  Employees encouraged to stay home if sick

b.  Employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath, or temperature of 100.4°) will be evaluated to be sent home immediately

          i.   Temperature scanners have been purchased to measure employee temperatures

c.  Employees sent home are encouraged to seek medical guidance

d.  Employees will be allowed to borrow up to 40 hours of personal time off if home sick

e.  Employees will be allowed to return to work 24 hours after fever or symptoms subside

 
 
4.  Perform enhanced environmental cleaning:


 
a.  We have purchased sterilizing cleaners and disposable wipes for cleaning commonly used surfaces

b.  Crews are required to wipe down steering wheels, dashboards, door handles, and other truck surfaces

c.  Office personnel are to clean daily personal desks, office door knobs, and other commonly touched surfaces

d.  Janitorial service will be instructed to clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace

 
5.  Client meeting restrictions


 
a.  No touching, 6' separation

b.  We will be providing complementary hand sanitizer

c.  Cancelled networking attendance

 
6.  Quarantine any employee diagnosed with COVID-19


 
a.  A procedure is being put in place to quarantine any employee diagnosed with COVID-19

          i.   Employee and crew that they have worked with will be evaluated for quarantine based on the CDC recommendation at that point
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