What we’re doing…
KPRS has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure Construction Management Plan, which includes enacting the measures of social distancing, symptom checking, hygiene, decontamination procedures, and continual training. We understand and secure information from the CDC, World Health Organization “WHO,” and OSHA guidelines, and as these organizations are continually updating, so are we.
This preparation is communicated and committed at all levels of the KPRS organization to ensure that we fully understand the risks and that we are responding promptly and accordingly for the safety and health of our project sites.
We have assigned a COVID-19 Supervisor for each project. The supervisor is site–specific and for each job. Our Superintendents are our lead contact on each jobsite for safety related issues, therefore they also take on the role of COVID-19 Supervisor for each project.
Although the Superintendent is the lead COVID-19 Supervisor, our full project team is working to ensure that each job is run under the strict guidance of the CDC, OSHA and other regulatory entity guidelines.
Where required, we practice social distancing by maintaining a minimum 6-foot distance from others. KPRS calls it safe distancing in line with our safety protocols on our project sites.
KPRS utilizes recommended COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, face shields and face masks that are available and as appropriate for the activity being performed.
We have identified “choke points” and “high-risk areas” on our jobsites where workers are forced to stand together, such as hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, and buses, and control them so social distancing is maintained.
We minimize interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials.
We discourage both staff and trade workers from sharing phones, desks, offices, work tools and equipment. We require that any shared equipment be cleaned and disinfected before and after use.
We post, in areas visible to all workers, required hygienic practices including not touching your face with unwashed hands or with gloves; washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, cleaning AND disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, machines, shared tools, elevator control buttons, and doorknobs; covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing as well as other hygienic recommendations by the CDC.
We monitor and increase the cleaning for eating areas, restrooms, common areas, jobsite entrances (gates and doors) and routine cleaning of heavy equipment such as scissor lifts, ladders, forklift, etc.
We place wash stations or hand sanitizers in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.
If an employee or worker shows signs of flu-like or acute respiratory illness symptoms they will be immediately sent home or referred to appropriate emergency medical services.
We require anyone on the project to stay home if they are sick, and recommend they seek medical care if they deem necessary.
We have employees inform their supervisor if they have a sick family member at home with COVID-19.
We maintain a daily attendance log of all workers and visitors.
If Someone Tests Positive on a Project Site
If a test comes back COVID–19 positive for an employee or jobsite worker, we will immediately conduct an investigation and notify the proper parties as indicated by the CDC and local health guidelines to manage the exposure. We’ll work to understand the risk to others as well as develop a contamination and disinfection strategy for the exposed areas.
The employee or jobsite worker will be removed from the project site and is not permitted to return until they have met the required time period established by the CDC or have been cleared by a medical professional to return to work. We will ensure that any infected employee or jobsite worker will follow all required procedures.
We also determine if any additional individuals will need to be temporarily removed and isolated from the project site. There could be employees or jobsite workers that maybe require a period to quarantine due to the potential exposure. We will make sure that there are clear lines of communication regarding the return to a project site with those individuals.