FEC COVID-19 policy
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE.
- Employees with flu-like symptoms are required to stay home.
- Follow State of Michigan, CDC and WHO recommendations.
- Limit travel as possible.
- Employees are encouraged to do as much work remotely as possible.
- A limited number of people will be allowed into the FEC offices, warehouse and pre-fab shop. All access to these areas will be coordinated through John Hillock, or the Executive Manager on site.
- Employees will maintain 6-feet social distancing at all times.
- Project supervisors will monitor and oversee the implementation of COVID-19 control strategies.
- Daily pre-job briefings and pre-task plans will include COVID safety (social distancing, cleaning, PPE, etc.) prior to commencing work.
- Project supervisors will limit access to the project site and ensure employees have been screened appropriately before entry to the project site. Supervisors will follow the screening protocols noted below.
- Appropriate COVID PPE (gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks) will be used for the activity being performed.
- Masks will be required to be surgical/procedure masks; homemade mask will not be allowed.
- COVID-related PPE will be provided by FEC and/or by the customer.
- Project supervisors will order from FEC stock (or customer stock), receive and ensure the proper distribution of the necessary COVID-19 PPE for all FEC personnel.
- If 6-feet distancing cannot be maintained to perform a task, face shields must be used in addition to other PPE.
- Where necessary, due to working inside an arc-flash boundary, arc-rated masks and/or face shields must be utilized in addition to the regularly required PPE.
- Project supervisors will identify choke points and high-risk areas where workers must stand near one another (such as hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, water stations, and buses) and control their access and use (including through physical barriers) so that social distancing is maintained.
- Employees are to use sanitizer and/or hand washing with soap and water frequently.
- Employees will wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival at the work site and before going to their work area. Sanitizer and/or soap and water will be provided by FEC.
- Tools will be regularly sanitized, and the sharing of tools shall be limited.
- All unnecessary visitors will be excluded from FEC’s offices and jobsites.
- High touch point areas will be frequently disinfected.
- Only one person per vehicle will be permitted. When it’s not practical to limit occupancy to one employee per vehicle, a maximum number of two employees would be allowed, but both employees must wear surgical masks at all times.
- Company vehicles will be disinfected before and after each use.
- Project supervisors will notify their Project Manager or Superintendent or Executive Management of any confirmed COVID-19 cases among workers at the site. Project Manager or Superintendent or Executive Management will immediately notify the owner or GC/CM according to the project’s contractual notification requirements. If the determination for a positive test result does not come from the local public health department, the FEC Superintendent will immediately notify the public health department, as well as notify any co-workers, contractors, or suppliers who may have come into contact with the person with a known case of COVID-19. Employees with a known or suspected case of COVID-19 are to return to the workplace only after they are no longer infectious according to the latest guidelines from the CDC and they are released from any quarantine or isolation order by the local public health department.
- If a worker on site presents symptoms, they shall be required to leave the site and follow proper quarantining procedure. Project supervisors will notify their Project Manager or Superintendent or Executive Management. Project Manager or Superintendent or Executive Management will immediately notify the owner or GC/CM according to the project’s contractual notification requirements.
- Unnecessary movements of workers, materials and tools between projects will be restricted.
- Personal contact upon delivery of tools or materials to the worksite will be minimized.
- Be aware of, and follow customer’s policies regarding their required preventive measures.
DAILY HEALTH SCREENING
Before you attempt to enter FEC office or jobsites through designated entry points(s), you must have a daily screening which will include the questions noted on the FEC “COVID-19 Self-Screening Questionnaire.” If the entry points cannot be controlled, a visual indicator to employees to show that they received a screening before entering the worksite that day shall be used. The form(s) can be filled out electronically by following the link(s) in the footer below. The responses to these questions will be evaluated to determine if you will be allowed to enter the FEC office or jobsite. If a person leaves a jobsite, they will be required to perform a new Daily Health Screening before re-entry to the jobsite. Note that individual project sites may have additional requirements. Project supervisors are required to be aware of these requirements and ensure they are followed. If a project requires FEC to provide proof of screening, the “COVID-19 Self-Screening Questionnaire” should be used. If a project does not require records of screenings to be kept, supervisors must require employees use the online FEC “COVID-19 Self-Screening Questionaire” to record their screening.
At locations where FEC is responsible for screening prior to entry, FEC will maintain all screening records as required by regulation. FEC shall also maintain records of FEC employee COVID-19 policy training.
Evaluation of “COVID-19 Self-Screening Questionnaire” responses:
A “Yes” response to any of the “COVID-19 Self-Screening Questionnaire” questions will exclude an employee from a project site (see the note below for Critical Infrastructure projects.) The project supervisor shall notify the FEC Superintendent of any employees that respond “Yes” to any of the “COVID-19 Self-Screening Questionnaire” questions.
Note for Critical Infrastructure Projects Only:
A Critical Infrastructure project may have different requirements for entry than “standard” projects. To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community. Contact your Superintendent to determine what your Critical Infrastructure project requirements are, and evaluate the “COVID-19 Self-Screening Questionnaire” responses accordingly.
A potential exposure means being a household contact or having close contact within 6-feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. The timeframe for having contact with an individual includes the period of time of 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic. Critical Infrastructure workers who have had an exposure but remain asymptomatic should adhere to the following practices prior to and during their work shift:
- Pre-screen: Employers should measure the employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to them starting work. Ideally, temperature checks should happen before the individual enters the facility.
- Regular Monitoring: As long as the employee doesn’t have a temperature or symptoms, they should self-monitor under the supervision of their employer’s occupational health program.
- Wear a Mask: The employee should wear a face mask at all times while in the workplace for 14 days after last exposure. Employers can issue facemasks or can approve employees’ supplied cloth face coverings in the event of shortages.
- Social Distance: The employee should maintain 6-feet and practice social distancing as work duties permit in the workplace.
- Disinfect and Clean Work Spaces: Clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment routinely.
Additionally, Foremen and Project Managers shall keep each other up to date regarding project absenteeism and any resulting project issues.
Preventive measures may change as the official information regarding the spreading of COVID-19 continues to evolve, so we have included the following resources to provide up-to-date information:
State of Michigan Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)