The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be part of our lives. Safety is at our Core and ensuring the health and safety of all our employees is our top priority. VBC has incorporated several procedures to assure everyone is healthy and safe in the workplace while also minimizing the disruptions to our day-to-day operations.
We’re closely monitoring the situation and following CDC, OSHA, and local regulations. We’ve reviewed information from BIA and incorporated that into our support plans.
We understand the current outbreak is worrying, and we want to take a moment to share the ways to keep the workplace safe, as well as the steps you can take to support your families.
Stay home if you are sick
We were early adopters of a “Stay home if you are sick” protocol. Because the coronavirus produces cold and flu-like symptoms, it’s important to remain at home when ill. If you have a fever over 100.4 degrees, please stay home until your fever has resolved without the help of medication.
We have communicated a number of other ways you can help keep your co-workers and families safer, including:
- Staying at home if you’ve had contact with a potentially infected person. The virus spreads easily from person to person. Please stay home for 14-days if you’ve had contact with a confirmed case or potentially infected person.
- Following healthy hygiene. Cover your nose or mouth with a tissue or your elbow — not your hand — and discard the tissue immediately after.
- Wash hands regularly. Proper hand washing remains the best way to prevent transmission of the virus. Wash your hands after using the restroom, touching your face, eating, drinking, coughing, or sneezing, and at regular intervals throughout the day. Use warm soapy water and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, or the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Alternatively, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is effective as well.
- Practice social distancing. Abide to CDC 6 feet social distancing rules.
- Avoid touching your face. Reduce the chance of transmission from common objects, like a doorknob, by keeping your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Rely on virtual communication when possible. In an effort to cut down on human-to-human physical contact, please cancel in-person meetings and communicate via videoconferencing or phone calls.
At VBC, we have taken multiple measures to promote safety,
- Provided hand sanitization stations at the work locations. At multiple locations, we added hand washing or sanitizer stations to assist with proper hygiene. Remember to wash your hands, and/or hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing, touching your face, and regularly throughout the day.
- Increased supplies of sanitizer wipes. The workplace has ample sanitizer wipes for our employees. We ask that employees regularly wipe down their tools and workstations.
- Encouraged social distancing. We have reminders to whenever possible, maintain social distancing. We have taken a number of measures, such as, dividing breaks and lunches, limiting seating in gathering spaces, as well as restructuring work areas and assignments to reduce employee proximity to one another. As a reminder, we also encourage everyone to also practice social distancing when taking breaks and walking to and from your vehicles.
- Perform temperature checks. We implemented temperature checks and when appropriate health screenings at our locations.
- Enforcing all PPE requirements. Recent CDC recommendations suggests wearing masks in public. If employees have a mask, they may bring in to wear at the workplace. In those municipalities in which wearing a mask is required, we are following regulations accordingly. Team members from multiple divisions took time to help provide masks for the organization:
- VBC | Manufacturing – Anthony Sheppard’s wife provided masks for the factory, if needed.
- VBC | Construction – Marissa Coyne with the assistance of Rob Schmalbach’s family made 100 mask and VBC | Construction made a donation to Autism Cares.
- Temporarily banned visitors and non-essential personnel from work locations. This includes personal visitors and non-essential business visits from vendors, clients, and suppliers.
- Supported employees with children when schools were cancelled. We have worked with numerous employees who are supporting their children who are now “attending” school while remaining home.
- Increased the frequency of cleanings. At multiple sites, we increased the frequency of our cleaning service to ensure the workplace remains as hygienic as possible.
- Restricted travel. We limited non-essential business travel and continue to re-evaluate. We continue to ask anyone who made international travel, to please refrain from entering the workplace for 14 days.
- Implemented remote work arrangements. Where possible, we implemented telecommuting opportunities. We will continue to evaluate telecommuting requests on a case-by-case basis.
VBC is dedicated and focused on taking the necessary steps to keep you and your families safe. The VBC family’s safety is of the utmost importance. Please reach out the HR department or your local Safety Officer with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. We are in this together!
Thanks for your continued dedication through this, and proving why the VBC team is the best in the industry!