In an effort to prevent infectious disease spread in our workplace, we have taken the following precautions:
- Air handling filters rated to remove viruses and bacteria are being installed in our heating/cooling system, which will be changed at their recommended frequency.
- We are disinfecting all door handles, every weekday.
- We are sourcing medical intake masks (the type you are asked to wear when you are sick and enter a medical office) – these are in short supply internationally, and may take additional time to receive.
- We are ensuring ample stock of disinfecting wipes and aerosol spray/disposable rags & anti-viral tissues.
There are actions we ask that each of us participate in daily to help prevent the spread of infection and reduce the risk that you’ll bring anything unwanted home with you:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water, especially after using the restroom.
- When soap and water are unavailable, use liquid hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and ears as much as is possible.
- Cough/sneeze into a disposable tissue and dispose of them, then wash/sanitize your hands.
Alternatively, if you are caught off-guard by a sneeze, do it into your shoulder, not into your hands, and always facing away from others.
- Avoid shaking hands/fist-bumping. Elbow-to-elbow taps seem to be the flu-season greeting of choice, or just say “Hi” instead of making contact.
- If you use a dish/bowl/glass/silverware, make sure you put it in the dishwasher when you’re done with it so that others won’t need to handle it.
- Be mindful of personal space – and workspaces. When possible, ‘keep your hands to yourself’ – avoid leaning on others’ desk surfaces or standing inside their workspaces. Talk from a friendly distance.
If you use a phone/computer/other office item that is shared by others, make sure to sanitize it before leaving it. This is particularly important in our dispatch center, where all devices are shared by at least 6 different people every day.
AT EACH SHIFT CHANGE, AND BEFORE EACH BREAK PERIOD:
- Use sanitizing wipes to clean the phone buttons, handset and phone cradle, headset, mouse, keyboard, and other touch-surfaces such as wrist-rests and chair arms, let them sit for 30 – 60 seconds then follow with a dry paper towel to remove excess liquid residue. Being mindful of over-saturating electronic equipment, use disinfecting spray sparingly on those types of items.
If you’re sick, or suspect that you may be getting sick:
- If you have a fever, please, STAY HOME.
- If you are coughing or sneezing uncontrollably, please, STAY HOME.
- We recommend that you practice what we’ve asked above at home too, to better protect yourself and those you live with.
- Use your best judgement and seek medical care whenever appropriate.
- Do your best to get ample rest – ensuring adequate sleep is an excellent measure toward maintaining your health.