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18Jun

Important Tips to Keep Your HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical Workers Safe from COVID-19

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The federal government has permitted HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and other essential businesses to continue operating during the coronavirus pandemic. Nonetheless, workers in these industries often face conditions that expose them to the virus. Hiring a work uniform cleaning company is one way workers can protect themselves, but a sanitized uniform may not always be enough. There are many other ways to keep your workers safe from COVID-19.

Adhere to all CDC Guidelines

A man is wearing a mask on his face to protect himself

All employees working in the field should be aware of COVID-19 guidelines, which include:

  • Social distancing: Technicians should remain at least six feet apart from other people.
  • Hand washing: Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol after each task throughout the day.
  • Testing: In addition to coronavirus testing, do a temperature scan of each tech and send them home if necessary.

Provide Protective Gear

Workers should wear a facemask when in a customer’s home. Protective glasses should be worn as well. The virus can enter through the eyes, as well as the nose and mouth. Wearing disposable gloves can prevent direct contact with virus particles on surfaces, while disposable booties or shoe covers can help prevent exposure as well. Coronavirus can live for up to three days on surfaces.1

Clean Tools Often

Wash tools with soap and water before and after use. At the end of the day, tools should be cleaned with mild soap and water and then disinfected with a diluted bleach solution. Tools should not be shared between coworkers.

Call Customers in Advance

Ask if anyone at home has been infected with, has symptoms of, or was recently in contact with someone who has COVID-19. If so, you can take extra precautions. Also take the time to explain the company’s health and safety measures, which can instill greater trust with your customers.

Offer Virtual Services When Possible

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Skype, FaceTime, and other virtual services can be used to help customers fix simple issues. For example, you can talk them through how to fix a clogged toilet or change an A/C filter without an unnecessary visit that can put you at risk.

Review Key Company Policies

Check your policies on sick leave and family medical care leave. COVID-19 is a “recordable illness” under OSHA guidelines if a worker is infected in the course of their work duties. However, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) workers don’t have to list outbreaks in their OSHA 300 logs.2

Receive Uniform Laundry Services from Prudential Overall Supply

Known for our clean work environment and safety program, Prudential Overall Supply provides high-quality personal protective equipment (PPE) and industrial uniforms for your technicians. Also, review our COVID-19 information for prevention information, cleaning protocols and formulas, and other resources. For assistance, call 800-767-5536, and we’ll be glad to help.

Sources:

  1. https://www.achrnews.com/articles/142890-comprehensive-guide-hvac-service-calls-during-covid-19
  2. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/standards.html