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Guidance & Shared Industry Best Practices for Landscape Professionals During COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 22, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Breanne Chavez
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Guidance & Shared Best Practices:

If you are providing services under The Governor’s guidance language, you are required to develop a COVID-19 Business Safety Plan implementing required CDC and OSHA guidelines for social distancing and sanitation.

Below please find a list of shared member and industry best practices: 


General:

  • Educate team on your COVID-19 Safety Plan.
    • Implement daily all-hands communications within company to inform, educate and reinforce SOPs, BMPs and possible next steps.
    • Educate employees in the language they are most familiar with.
  • Relax attendance policies to allow any employee who is uncomfortable working to stay home and use PTO or apply for UC.
  • Contact and get permission from clients to be serviced- preferably in a documented format such as email or other time/date stamped electronic communication.
  • Train crew personnel to be able to respond to questions from the public in a professional manner.
  • Understand this is a fluid action plan that is being discussed regularly and may change frequently. Clearly communicate changes as needed.
  • Be prepared to shutdown at any moment.


Workplace:

  • Enforce cleaning and sanitation protocols for all common spaces including trucks, equipment, and the breakroom, locker room and restroom.
    • Wash hands when entering the shop and prior to going home.
    • Sanitize trucks; dashboard controls, steering wheel, handles, etc.  Use CDC approved cleaning products.
    • Sanitize all tools daily after use. Use the CDC approved cleaning products
  • Employees will drive separately to job sites, only one person per vehicle. If Employees are required to use their own vehicles.
    • Assign one truck to one crew and do not rotate.
  • Sick employees will be sent home, awaiting a doctors recommendation as to when they may return to work.
  • Conduct daily employee health checks.
  • Stagger crew start times to minimize congregation at office/shop locations.
    • Reduce crew size to compartmentalize the workforce into smaller isolatable segments.
  • Office staff are encouraged to work from home when possible.
  • All staff meetings moved to on-line or phone discussions.
  • Employees are asked to keep all outside interactions to a minimum. The less interactions we have the better it will be for us all. This means:
    • Encourage team members to bring their lunch
    • Buy any snacks, drinks or candy that you need at the market once per week and bring it with you when you come to work each day.
    • The only stops should be absolutely essential and done as few times as possible each day; get gas one time per week, fill one truck with debris and dump as much as possible each time. 

At Job Sites:

  • Eliminate client contact. Do not knock on the clients door to announce yourself. 
    • In the scenario a customer appears, keep 10’ social distance from customers.
  • Employees are instructed to wear garden gloves at all times, removing only to eat, drink, or touch your face.  Sanitizing appropriately to meet CDC guidelines.
  • Each truck will have hand sanitizer to sterilize their hands when arriving on-site.
  • If you must work near another person for a short period of time a face mask or covering is required.
  • Minimize or eliminate use of shared equipment and tools. Sanitize accordingly to meet CDC guidelines.
  • If a customer requests that you not work on their property contact your supervisor at once.
  • Instruct crews to bring lunch to eliminate stopping for food service.
  • Instruct crews to have 6 feet social distance while eating.
  • Sanitize jobsite upon arrival and departure (gate handles; hoses; etc.) accordingly to meet CDC guidelines.

 

Additional Sources:

·         https://extension.psu.edu/coronavirus-best-management-practices-for-thegreen-industry

·         Sample Plan: Pacific Landscape Management

·         NALP: Member Shared Plans & Resources


 

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