As businesses across Michigan and the entire country start to return to work, Adna Technologies understands the importance of being vigilant in our continued efforts to protect our employees and customers from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
This Return to Work Safely Program is designed to:
- Remind ourselves of the adversary we face in this COVID-19 virus.
- What, as individuals, we can do to safeguard ourselves, co-workers, and customers from increased risk of COVID-19.
- What Adna Technologies can do to safeguard our employees from increased risk of COVID-19.
- What actions Adna Technologies will take should an employee exhibit COVID-19 symptoms
What is COVID-19?
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person.
- The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world.
Who is at Risk?
- Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19. Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can cause people to avoid or reject others even though they are not at risk for spreading the virus.
- For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.
- Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more severe illness.
- Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
- There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?
- CoughShortness of Breath
- Chills, Repeated Shaking with Chills
- Headache, Muscle Pain
- Sore Throat
- New Loss of Taste or Smell
- Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure
Safeguarding Ourselves, Co-Workers, and Customers from COVID-19
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
- Spreads mainly from person to person.
- You can become infected by coming into close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19.
- You can become infected from respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- You may also be able to get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
How Can We Protect Ourselves from COVID-19?
- While there is now a vaccine to protect against COVID-19, it has not been widely administered yet. The best way to protect yourself is to
avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Practice social distancing (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) from others.
- Avoid ride-sharing with co-workers if at all possible.
- Avoid sharing tools.
- Wash hands after handling and using community tools, test equipment, etc.
- Clean and disinfect shared keyboard & mouse before use.
- Avoid using community telephones.
- Do not use others’ cell phones.
- Regularly clean and disinfect your workspace, laptop, hand tools, company vehicle (door handles, steering wheels, seats), and cell phone.
- Wear a mask or cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in public settings.
- Consider wearing disposable gloves while cleaning and disinfecting your home or work space, or when in a healthcare facility where COVID-19 infected patients are present.
- Utilize online or call-in sources when possible to buy groceries, contacting your doctor, perform banking activities, etc.
- Get deliveries and takeout, and limit in-person contact as much as possible.
- Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others.
- Report directly and separately to job sites. Work tickets remotely, whenever possible.
- Always wash visibly soiled hands or when removing any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Safeguarding Adna Technologies Employees from Increased Risk of COVID-19
Measures Being Implemented at Adna Technologies Offices to Reduce Risk of Exposure
- Daily temperature checks of all employees entering the Adna Technologies corporate office.
- All employees must have their temperature checked and recorded when first entering the facility each day (no matter what time of day) and before progressing beyond the
- Weekly deep cleaning of the Adna Technologies corporate office.
- Frequent disinfecting of common use items within the Adna Technologies office. These items will include all door handles (inside & outside) and common area light switches.
- The kitchen and conference room will be closed to Adna Technologies Staff
- Tissues and trash receptacles will be provided and available in Adna Technologies office.
- As Adna Technologies offices are open, employees will wear face masks while in the office
- Desks may be rearranged to accommodate best practice social distancing measures
- Employees will have access to disposable gloves.
- Employees will have access to tissues and disinfectant wipes (in limited quantities, see your supervisor).
- Must maintain 6’ separation between the person using an office machine and the person waiting to use the same machine.
Measures Being Implemented at Adna Technologies Client Sites to Reduce Risk of Exposure
- Any work that can be completed without requiring a site visit will be done using our remote support technologies – minimizing in-person contact is one of the easiest ways to keep everyone safe
- Prior to any onsite visits, Adna Technologies shall request a copy of our client’s COVID-19 Work Safety protocols. If they do not have one, we will ask for them to provide to us, in writing the steps they are taking to ensure the safety of their staff and ours
- Any client that does not require the use of safe social distancing or PPE risks not receiving onsite support
- Field employees must wear face masks when visiting client sites
- Field employees will have access to alcohol-based hand rubs (when available).
Adna Technologies Actions Upon Employee Exhibiting COVID-19 Symptoms
- If you are sick stay home.
- If you feel sick while at work, report to a company officer immediately.
- Employees feeling ill while in the Adna Technologies office will be sent home or moved to an isolated room.
- Employees feeling ill while at an Adna Technologies customer site or job site should leave the location immediately. If the employee feels they are unable to drive themselves, they or their co-worker should contact their supervisor immediately for assistance.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 are: Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Chills, Repeated Shaking with Chills, Headache, Muscle Pain, Sore Throat, and New Loss of Taste or Smell.
- The employee will have their temperature taken.
- The employee’s name, date & time, symptoms exhibited, recorded temperature, and any other relevant information will be documented.
- The employee will be escorted to their personal or company vehicle and asked to go home; a ride home will be provided if the employee does not have transportation or is unable to drive themselves.
- In extreme cases, medical personnel will be summoned to where the sick employee is to administer aid.
- For extreme potential COVID-19 symptoms, and for all medical emergencies, emergency personnel should be contacted immediately by dialing 911.
What More Can You Do to Help?
- Again, if you are sick stay home.
- Encourage sick co-workers to stay home.
- If you see a potentially sick co-worker, encourage them to report to a company officer immediately.
- If you see a potential risk factor, report it to a company officer.
- If you know of an additional step Adna Technologies can take to protect your fellow employees, please submit that to a company officer.
- How long will this program be active?
- No one can know for sure, but it will remain in effect until Adna Technologies leadership team feels confident our employees can work safely without it.
- Some aspects of this program me be phased-out if and when conditions improve.
- New aspects of this program may be added should conditions dictate it, or if they will improve the safety of all employees.
- What temperature is considered a fever in adults?
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers a reading of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit a fever. https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/what-temperatureis-considered-a-fever-in-adults.
- What guidance and resources were used to develop this program?
- State and Federal Government guidelines
- OSHA (www.osha.gov)
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Adna Technologies’ Staff