Kiely Family of Companies COVID-19 Advisory

UPDATE: 7.13.20 - COVID-19 Travel Policy 

Dear Team Members,

COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is fluid. Because travel increases your chances of infection and transmission of COVID-19, the CDC has recommended avoidance of all non-essential travel. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick.

 

The State of New Jersey has issued an incoming travel advisory requesting all individuals entering New Jersey from other States with significant COVID-19 spread to quarantine for 14 days. This includes all individuals returning to New Jersey from holiday and vacation.  The list of States on the travel advisory is updated regularly. Please refer to this website https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/general-public/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey for the most recent list. 

 

The government has made exceptions to the travel advisory for those who perform critical infrastructure work, https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19      

               

While we strongly discourage nonessential travel, if you must travel to one of the States on the advisory, the following procedure must be followed: 

  • The Safety department must be notified prior to your departure. 

  • Upon return to work, you will be monitored by the Safety department daily for COVID-19 symptoms for the 14-day quarantine period.  

  • In some cases, we as the employer may elect to have you self-quarantine in lieu of risking exposure to your fellow team members. You will not be compensated for the quarantine period.  

 

For any questions regarding this policy please feel free to contact the Safety department. 

 

Thank you, 

Peter V. Brindley

 

UPDATE: 6.8.20 Safety As We Know It 

Dear Team Members,

At the Kiely Family of Companies, safety is always the most important issue. And to truly keep our team members safe, we need two things. The first is a very simple way to communicate our safety goals. Ours is, “Everyone must return home at the end of their work shift in the same or better shape than when they started.” Fortifying that statement is an amazing effort of continuous hard work, education, dedication, passion, and financial investment of both the management and union team members of Kiely.  The second is the absolute buy in from all team members that safety is the primary way to achieve the best life for you and your loved ones.   

 

In my opinion the safety of our team members and their loved ones has always been challenged by two major threats: work-place injury and mental health.  And to achieve the level of safety success that Kiely is known for we have concentrated much of our safety efforts on these two areas.  

 

Now, we must add disease as a third major threat. And to continue the level of safety that our team members enjoy we must concentrate our efforts on disease as well.  When COVID-19 first impacted us in March, we formed two teams each under the name Plan Ahead to start imagining what a safe work environment at Kiely will look like as we transition from crisis thru stabilization and onto recovery.   

 

We are excited to report that we are now in the stabilization stage and expect a great number of team members to return to work over the next few weeks but only if we can continue to maintain a safe work environment.   

 

Soon we will be sharing not only the findings of our Plan Ahead teams but also the specific actions we will implement in our offices and field to combat disease, specifically COVID-19. In the meantime, please continue to follow the guidelines already issued by our government health organizations, and our various company representatives. All COVID-19 safety guidelines can be found on the Blueprint homepage or at http://www.kielybuilds.com/covid-19response

 

In closing, over time the challenges to safety success at Kiely may continue to change, but what will not change is our commitment to safety and the well-being of you and your loved ones.   

 

Regards, 

 

Jack and John 

UPDATE: 5.27.20 From Crisis to Early Stage Stabilization

Dear Team Members, 

 

My father and I care deeply for your personal and professional success. We are aware of just some of the many struggles our team members and their loved ones are enduring and each story is heartbreaking.

 

Throughout the uncertainty and pain that COVID-19 has delivered to each of our doorsteps, the Kiely Family of Companies has good news to share as we begin transitioning from crisis to early stage stabilization.

 

Utility Division:

 

With aid from the Small Business Administration, we have reemployed management and union team members to complete restoration tasks, clean up our facilities and supply vehicle maintenance throughout New Jersey. The outstanding question is when we will be able to perform natural gas service work again. We are in constant communication with our customers and all indications point to a matter of weeks, not months for natural gas service work to resume. 

 

Our natural gas operations in Pennsylvania reopened in the beginning of May and now most of our management and union team members are back to work. 

 

Water Resources Division:

 

The water resources division is performing well on main installation and just this week our customers approved us to begin service installation work. All water resources division management and union team members are now back to work.

 

Engineering Division:

 

The engineering division is performing well and hiring more engineers. The engineering division has volunteered to be our pilot business for testing new resiliency measures against current and future pandemics. They will be testing remote working and paperless business systems. 

 

Materials Division:

 

Our materials division is performing well. We have recently received a significant amount of new work for both the asphalt plant in Egg Harbor and paving activities.

 

Business Services:

 

Finally, our business services will be recalling more team members shortly.

 

As you can see, we have good news here at the Kiely Family of Companies as we learn to stabilize our business in an environment where a vaccine has yet to be discovered and economies are still reeling from the pandemic.

 

In closing, my father and I are confident about our divisions' potential for long term success as we begin to transition from crisis to early stage stabilization.

 

Be well. Be safe. 

 

 

Regards, 

 

Jack and John Kiely

UPDATE: 5.26.20 Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan

Dear Team Members,

 

At the Kiely Family of Companies, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our team members. This plan has been created specifically for the purpose of establishing guidelines for all company team members during the COVID-19 pandemic. To reduce the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak conditions it is of utmost importance that all staff adhere to this plan. We want to assure you that we continue to monitor all available guidance from Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State Department of Health, on ways to eliminate or reduce your exposure to the COVID-19 virus. We have developed job planning protocols that when implemented will help minimize your exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

 

The health and safety of our team members is of utmost importance and will continue to be our top priority. Given the rapidly changing conditions and environment of this crisis, this plan may be updated if guidelines change.

 

Please review the following information to better understand job site expectations and the steps to take in various situations a team member may encounter.

 

Basic Prevention Measures:

 

  • PLAN YOUR WORK – WORK YOUR PLAN.

  • Prior to the start of your work on any given day, it is of the utmost importance to plan out your work, specifically identifying any hazards associated with the job and implementing measures to eliminate those hazards.

  • During your Pre-Job Safety Briefing, include COVID-19 exposure risks in your hazard assessment and implement the necessary measures to keep everyone safe and healthy.

  • Make sure to RECOGNIZE, ASSESS and CONTROL ALL HAZARDS on the job.

  • Questions to keep in mind while Planning:

  1. Is anyone experiencing any COVID-19 Symptoms? (Fever, dry cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath)

  2. If the answer is yes, immediately notify your supervisor so appropriate actions may be taken.

  • Maintain crew continuity by minimizing person to person contact, when possible.

  • When practical, one person to one vehicle and / or piece of equipment.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, such as tools, phones, door handles, steering wheels, etc.

  • Avoid exposure to the virus by maintain social distancing of 6’ from other team members, customers, and the public whenever possible.

  • Depending on your location and availability, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds at a time. If you are not able to wash your hands, use hand wash towelettes, disinfectant wipes, or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • It is especially important to clean your hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cloth garment when you cough or sneeze; or use inside of your elbow.

  • Do not shake hands when greeting others.

  • Wear a face covering while on the jobsite.

 

Actions To Take If You Are Sick or In Close Contact With Someone Who Is Sick:

 

If you become ill and have symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19.  (Symptoms include a fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat)

  • Please contact Director Health & Safety immediately. 

  • Do not come to work and seek medical attention.

  • You can return to work only after you are symptom free for minimum of 72 hours without fever reducing medication or you have obtained two negative test results 24 hours apart, for COVID-19.

If a member of your household is showing symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Please contact Director Health & Safety immediately.

  • You must self-quarantine for 14 days from last contact or test results show the symptoms were not a result of having COVID-19.

  • If you start having symptoms, seek medical attention and contact Dan Francisci.

 

If you came in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Please contact Director Health & Safety immediately.

  • You must self-quarantine for 14 days from last contact.

  • If you start having symptoms, seek medical attention and contact Dan Francisci.

If you test positive for COVID-19.

  • Please contact Director Health & Safety immediately.

  • Director will review your recent interactions at work to ensure we can notify other team members to begin self-quarantine. Confidentiality will be maintained. No names will be disclosed.

  • You can return to work only after you are symptom free for minimum of 72 hours without fever reducing medication or you have obtained two negative test results 24 hours apart, for COVID-19.

 

It is imperative for every one of us to Follow these guidelines which will minimize COVID-19 exposure to team members at work, and safeguard our operation. For information about COVID-19 preventative measures, refer to the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ .

 

These guidelines do not take the place of any instructions by your physician if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

 

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

 

As always, thank you for your continued dedication and effort during these unprecedented times.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Francisci

Director of Health and Safety

                                 

Kiely Family of Companies

671 McClellan Street

Long Branch, NJ 07740

 

Tel 732 403 8500 x229

Mob 732 921 1818

dfrancisci@kielybuilds.com

UPDATE: 4.16.20

Dear Team Members,

At the Kiely Family of Companies, we understand the current COVID-19 pandemic may cause hardships for our team members. We have worked with our 401k provider Ascensus to ensure your retirement account provisions have been modified to support recent changes available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

Eligible team members may have additional hardship withdrawal and loan options available to them through the plan, if they have been impacted by COVID-19. 

For more information and eligibility requirements, please contact Ascensus directly at 1-888-652-8086.

As a reminder, Mountain Hill Investment Partners are also available for our team members for questions regarding your retirement account. Please direct any questions for Mountain Hill to Andy Kaiser at 732-291-3188 or Mike Meyers at 732-291-3338.

 

Thank you and be safe.

Pat Varrone

Vice President of Human Resources

                                  

                            

UPDATE: 4.08.20​

Dear Team Members,

 

At the Kiely Family of Companies, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our team members. We want to assure you that we continue to monitor available U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on ways to eliminate or reduce your exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Recently, we have developed job planning protocols that when implemented will help minimize your exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

 

Please review the following information to better understand job site expectations and the steps to take in various situations a team member may encounter.

 

Job Planning

  • PLAN YOUR WORK – WORK YOUR PLAN.

  • Prior to the start of your work on any given day, it is of the utmost importance to plan out your work, specifically identifying any hazards associated with the job and implementing measures to eliminate those hazards.

  • During your Pre-Job Safety Briefing, include COVID-19 exposure risks in your hazard assessment and implement the necessary measures to keep everyone safe and healthy.

  • Make sure to RECOGNIZE, ASSESS and CONTROL ALL HAZARDS.

  • Questions to keep in mind while Planning:

  1. Is anyone experiencing any COVID-19 Symptoms? (Fever, dry cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath)

  2. Is anyone feeling ill?

  • Maintain crew continuity by minimizing person to person contact, if possible.

  • When practical, one person to one vehicle and / or piece of equipment.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, such as tools, phones, door handles, steering wheels, etc.

  • Maintain social distancing of 6’ from other team members, customers, and the public whenever possible.

  • Depending on your location and availability, wash your hands with soap and water, hand wash towelettes, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use inside of your elbow.

  • Standard PPE can be worn when social distancing is maintained.

  • When close contact is unavoidable (Closer than 6’ in distance for a period of 10 minutes or more), contact supervision and a safety representative for further guidance.

If you become ill and have symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19.  (Symptoms include a fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat).

  • Please contact Dan Francisci immediately.  If Dan Francisci is not available, then contact Pat Varrone.

  • Do not come to work and seek medical attention.

  • You can return to work only after you are symptom free for 72 hours without medication or you obtain negative test results for COVID-19.

 

If a member of your household is showing symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Please contact Dan Francisci immediately.

  • Self-quarantine for 14 days or until a negative test result is received for the member of your household.

  • If you start having symptoms, seek medical attention and contact Dan Francisci.

 

If you came in direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Please contact Dan Francisci immediately.

  • Self-quarantine for 14 days or until a negative test result is received for the member of your household.

  • If you start having symptoms, seek medical attention and contact Dan Francisci.

 

If you test positive for COVID-19.

  • Please contact Dan Francisci immediately.

  • Dan will review your recent interactions at work to ensure we can notify other team members to begin self-quarantine. Confidentiality will be maintained. No names will be disclosed.

  • You can return to work only after you are symptom free for 72 hours without medication and have a release back to work from your doctor.

 

Following these best practices will minimize COVID-19 exposure to team members at work and safeguard our operations. For information about COVID-19 preventative measures, refer to the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ .

 

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

 

As always, thank you for your continued dedication and effort during these unprecedented times.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dan Francisci

Director of Health & Safety

Kiely Family of Companies

671 McClellan Street

Long Branch, NJ 07740

 

Tel 732 403 8500 x229

Mob 732 921 1818

dfrancisci@kielybuilds.com

UPDATE: 4.04.20​

 

Dear Team Members, 

 

Have you ever been admitted to the ER for a possible heart attack only to find out it was stress? I have and it evidently is common for the ER to quickly ask you a series of questions to decipher between the two.  

 

The questions: 

 

Has your family life recently changed? 

Has your social life recently changed? 

Has your work life recently changed? 

Has your financial life recently changed? 

 

As I lay on the stretcher, I was thinking, “why these ridiculous questions; I am clearly dying of a heart attack.” These questions identify stressors in your life that can impact your emotional stability and well-being. By definition, stress is your body’s reaction to the demands of the world. Interestingly, these stressors can be positive or negative and still cause havoc on your psyche.  

 

That was me ten years ago. I scored well that day in the ER with three out of four questions checked in the affirmative. So many stressors happening so abruptly in so many areas of my world left my heart pounding out of my chest.

 

I share my experience with you because the coronavirus pandemic has abruptly delivered stressors to every part of our daily lives including family, friends, work and finances. It is not a large leap to suggest that right now everyone you know, including yourself, could score perfectly, four for four.

 

My personal view on combating stress begins with recognizing that it exists, identifying where it is coming from and building a plan to address it. Of course, none of this is trivial and all of this is easier said than done. For those reasons, we offer a confidential Employee Assistance Program available for every team member available by phone at 1-800-542-0184 and 732-402-6862 or online at www.preferredbehavioral.org. Our login username and password are kiely18 and jf1, respectively.

 

And please don’t forget your other resources such as access to faith, family and friends and we always have each other. 

 

In closing, let’s continue our team member values of asking for help, caring for each other and being a family. 

Regards, 

  

Jack and John Kiely 

UPDATE: 4.1.20​

At the Kiely Family of Companies, we understand that the COVID-19 pandemic can create uncertainty and personal concerns amongst our team members and our families.

 

To assist our team members with these concerns, you and your immediate family have access to a professional network, including trained counselors through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This program is designed to assist those experiencing personal or job-related difficulties, by providing easily accessible and confidential counseling and solutions. 

 

Our team members and our families can confidentially consult with professional counselors through short term telephonic or video sessions and can be offered problem assessment & short-term counseling with no cost.

 

Additional information and resources are also available, including webcasts pertaining to COVID-19 and other personal issues or concerns you may be experiencing.

 

To speak with an EAP counselor, please do not hesitate to call 1-800-542-0184.  If they are experiencing high call volumes, an alternate number is 732-402-6862.

For the online website, please visit www.preferredbehavioral.org

 

EAP Login

Username: kiely18

Password: jf1

 

If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Pat Varrone or Mary Foley.

Pat Varrone

Vice President of Human Resources

UPDATE: 3.31.20​

Dear Team Members,
 
What our great nation is going through is unprecedented.    

For those of us who were recently laid off, please accept from my father and I our most heartfelt sympathy. For those of us still employed, we must work hard and serve each other to find our way through this new challenge. We know that the success of this company is built on all of our team members; those currently displaced and those that are still with us, and not just one or two but all of us together.
 
The economic effect of COVID-19 is far reaching and has drastically affected our world, our management and our union.  COVID-19 has impacted every industrialized nation in the world. Our management team has suffered a large layoff and wage reduction. The union has also suffered large layoffs.  What we do know is that COVID-19 will have, like all disasters, a crisis, a containment and a recovery.  The frustrating part is trying to understand the time frame that surrounds this process.
 
My father and I are optimistic about the opportunities for KIELY in this uncertain future and see renewed opportunities for all of our team members. The goods and services we produce at KIELY are essential to the human experience.  The importance of infrastructure including natural gas, water, sewer and transportation cannot be underestimated. The fact that our government has so far allowed our industry to continue some work indicates not only how important what we do for society is but also sheds some light on the role infrastructure will play in the recovery of our great nation.  
 
COVID-19 is solely the reason for our layoffs and salary reductions. We remain optimistic that as our nation begins to win the battle against COVID-19 that we will return to the company we were just a short time ago and be able to invite all of our displaced team members back to work. The return of displaced team members and reduced salaries to normal levels is our primary goal.  
 
In the meantime, we wish you and your family great health and well-being. Much of our career center will remain in place to help you the best we possibly can. Please make sure to check in with them on anything related to your insurance or employment.  
 
In closing, every team member at KIELY is going to work hard to put our companies on course to regain the momentum we have enjoyed for so long and my father and I look forward to the day that we can all return to normal.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Jack and John Kiely  
 

UPDATE: 3.17.20​

 

As I am sure you are aware, the governors of the tri-states and PA came out today with significant social distancing standards for the foreseeable future.  Along those lines, we wanted to continue to communicate with you regarding the measures we are taking to ensure that our team members, and your safety, remain our top priority.

 

To date, we have taken the following  preventative measures to mitigate the potential spread of the virus:

  • Formed a crisis management team to lead us through this difficult time, ensuring we understand industry best practices and recommendations from health organizations, state, and federal governments

  • Ensuring our leaders have succession plans in place when possible

  • Restricted travel for our team members

  • Identified business critical operations and processes and altered accordingly

  • Restricted our Civil Management Team from all being together in the same room, at the same time

  • Ordered, and in many cases already installed, hand sanitizing stations at our facilities on top of providing hand sanitizing pumps

  • Encouraged virtual meetings vs. in-person meetings

  • Limited visitors coming into our facilities

  • Restricted deliveries to only our lobbies

  • Stopped in-person interviews and asked applicants to apply to open positions online

  • Asked our leaders to identify positions where alternate working arrangements can be made

  • Encouraged sick team members to stay home in an effort to keep our work environments and team members healthy

 

Our commitment to your safety and well-being is paramount, and we will continue to reflect best practices and minimize risk to our team members to the extent possible. 

 

Over the course of this week, we will be increasing the number of team members that work remotely to increase our work distancing.  Managers in each department and section will be working through how best to support this initiate in the coming days.  Our training calendar will be scaled back to avoid large meetings and will be performed remotely where possible.  Internal meetings will be limited to no more than three (3) persons with Teams or other remote hosting being utilized as much as possible. 

 

If you are not feeling well and exhibit any potential signs of the virus, please do not come to work and notify your supervisor as soon as possible.  If you have been in contact with anyone who has contracted the virus please do not come to work and notify your supervisor.  Every effort will be made to have you work from home and limit team member exposure during a self-quarantine period. 

 

We realize there are many challenges that come along with the current situation, such as childcare and supplies at home.  Each team member’s situation is unique, and we are committed to listening to your concerns as we work through this difficult time together.  If you have any issues please contact your supervisor. 

 

Our expectation is simple: take care of one another, be professional, and compassionately hold each other accountable.  Leaders at KIELY will listen to concerns and try to help, and team members will make decisions that are best for their families and our business.  You have our commitment that we have many people monitoring the latest developments, and we will communicate – and sometimes over-communicate – accordingly in the coming days and weeks.

 

Please expect an individualized communication for your team, led by your manager or business leader, to happen within the next 24 hours. 

 

As always, we thank you for your continued dedication and effort.

Regards, 

  

Jack and John Kiely 

UPDATE: 3.17.20​

 

Dear Team Members,

 

As I am sure you are aware, the governors of the tri-states and PA came out today with significant social distancing standards for the foreseeable future.  Along those lines, we wanted to continue to communicate with you regarding the measures we are taking to ensure that our team members, and your safety, remain our top priority.

 

To date, we have taken the following  preventative measures to mitigate the potential spread of the virus:

  • Formed a crisis management team to lead us through this difficult time, ensuring we understand industry best practices and recommendations from health organizations, state, and federal governments

  • Ensuring our leaders have succession plans in place when possible

  • Identified business critical operations and processes and altered accordingly

  • Encouraged virtual meetings vs. in-person meetings

  • Limited visitors coming into our facilities

  • Encouraged sick team members to stay home in an effort to keep our work environments and team members healthy

 

Our commitment to your safety and well-being is paramount, and we will continue to reflect best practices and minimize risk to our team members to the extent possible. 

 

If you are not feeling well and exhibit any potential signs of the virus, please do not come to work and notify your supervisor as soon as possible.  If you have been in contact with anyone who has contracted the virus please do not come to work and notify your supervisor. 

 

As a reminder please follow these guidelines

  • Maintain social distancing, and do not congregate in close contact with others, while in our facility or on the job.   

  • Wear all of your personal protective equipment

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Wash your hands often

  • Clean surfaces and objects you are working with

 

We realize there are many challenges that come along with the current situation. Each team member’s situation is unique, and we are committed to listening to your concerns as we work through this difficult time together.  If you have any issues please contact your supervisor. 

Please see below for messaging from our customers regarding their policies on COVID-19. 

South Jersey Gas

NJ Natural Gas

Dan Francisci

Director of Health and Safety

                                 

Kiely Family of Companies

671 McClellan Street

Long Branch, NJ 07740

 

Tel 732 403 8500 x229

Mob 732 921 1818

dfrancisci@kielybuilds.com

UPDATE: 3.9.20

 

We continue to monitor the latest available information and best practices as it relates to COVID-19, known as Coronavirus.

 

In the spirit of team member safety and well-being, we are taking the following additional measures, effective immediately:

  • We are requesting that all team members take their laptops home with them every day in the event there is reason to close the workplace or you feel ill.  This will help to ensure business continuity.

  • If you are not feeling well and exhibit any potential signs of the virus, please consider working from home and notify your supervisor as soon as possible.

    • Additional information regarding symptoms and signs can be found here

  • Non-essential travel, such as conferences, shall be cancelled or postponed until further notice.

  • Non-KIELY team members / visitors should be limited to business critical visits only.

    • For example, we need a plumber to fix a leak in the kitchen this would continue.  Scheduling a client to visit our office for a tour should be put on hold until further notice.

  • Please do your part in keeping our offices clean.  This would include wiping your work surfaces, door handles, cabinet doors, and tables in your work area daily with a disinfecting wipe or spray.  Please see your manager if you need supplies and we will work with them accordingly.

 

Should you feel ill, we are not requesting any change in our normal reporting process, please inform your supervisor as soon as possible.

However, if you feel there may be a greater exposure issue for you, please reach out to a member of the Human Resources team immediately.

 

Remember, a strong focus on common best practices is a good preventative measure where we all can contribute. 

Please reference the prior e-mail below for additional detail.

Our Director of Safety, Dan Francisci, is diligently working to identify best practices to keep team members who have direct interaction with customers safe. More updates will be available and shared as soon as new protocols are determined. 

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Pat Varrone

​Vice President of Human Resources

3.3.20

At KIELY, we believe in ensuring that our team members, and their safety, are our top priority.

 

In light of the recent emergence of COVID-19, known as Coronavirus, I wanted to remind us about a common best practice we can all perform to do our part in staying healthy.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), properly washing and / or sanitizing your hands is commonly known as a best practice to help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. 

Below is additional helpful information:

 

From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.

    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about hand washing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

At this time, we are encouraging our managers to ensure there is an ample supply of hand sanitizers available for your convenience. We also have ordered hand sanitizing dispensers for all of our locations. 

Also, if your health is of concern and you are exhibiting symptoms of illness, please work with your manager regarding any necessary time away or alternate work arrangements.

Thank you for your diligence as we work toward a healthy and prosperous 2020!

Pat Varrone

​Vice President of Human Resources

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