Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) PREVENTION AND RESPONSE PLAN
As you know, we are in an everchanging and uncertain time with the developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At Sabre Commercial, the safety of our team members, clients, and partners remains our highest priority.
We want you to know that we are closely monitoring the situation and will follow the guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Texas Department of Health & Human Services (TDHHS), as well as the City of Austin Building Inspections Department. As the situation continues to evolve, we will remain informed of and communicate any significant changes impacting our ability to serve our team members, clients, and partners.
IDENTIFICATION AND PREVENTION OF COVID-19 SPREAD
Watch for symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Contact your health care provider if you develop COVID-19 symptoms
- have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19; or
- Have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19
Sabre Commercial takes a number of steps to minimize to the extent practicable exposure to and spread of infection in the workplace, which is an ideal site for contagion because of workers’ close proximity to one another. As appropriate, Sabre Commercial requires measures that employees can take to protect themselves outside the workplace and encourages all workers to discuss their specific needs with a family physician or other appropriate health or wellness professional. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and
- Stay home when you are
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the Otherwise, cough or sneeze into arm or sleeve of your shirt.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Sabre Commercial makes every effort possible to maintain on site adequate supplies of recommended personal-protection equipment, such as face masks, eye protection, rubber gloves, hand soaps, and anti-bacterial hand gels and wipes, which Sabre Commercial can require workers to use. Due to the national shortage of PPE, healthcare workers are considered high priority to receive shipments of PPE. We urge all employees to speak with their personal physician about types and proper use of personal-protection equipment in the home.
Jobsite Precautions and Control Measures
Sabre Commercial takes the health and safety of our staff, Clients and subcontractors very seriously. As a result, the following precautions will be adopted on our construction sites during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Temperature screening will be carried out as employees and trades enter the job site. Anyone with a fever of 99 degrees or higher will be asked to leave and only allowed to return with a doctor’s note or after a two-week quarantine.
- Toolbox talks addressing the jobsite rules related to COVID-19 and the cleanliness of the site will be carried out regularly.
- Everyone on site will be required to maintain appropriate PPE per OSHA and CDC guidelines.
- Social distancing will be maintained with workers remaining 6 feet apart, with a maximum of 10 workers in a space.
- One toilet and handwashing station per 15 workers will be in place.
- Hand Sanitizer will be made available.
- No Communal Water coolers will be allowed on our sites.
- Frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, etc, will be cleaned daily.
- On Larger projects the potential of rotating shifts can be discussed.
- The job site will be disinfected weekly.
In the event of a worker testing positive for COVID-19 the following actions will be put into place.
- All parties involved in the project will be informed.
- The Worker will not be allowed to return to work without a doctor’s note showing he is no longer infected.
- All workers who were in close proximity to the infected worker will be required to be tested and cleared before returning to site with a doctor’s note showing they are free from infection.
- The site will be shut down until it can be fully disinfected.
Office and Jobsite Cleaning
Sabre Commercial’s Office Manager and Superintendents coordinate closely with Sabre Commercial’s cleaning and waste-removal contractors to maintain our office building and jobsites in adherence to infection control protocols. Sabre Commercial approves the installation or use wherever possible of improved equipment or cleaning methods to guard against the spread of infection in the workplace.
Remote Work Locations
Sabre Commercial acknowledges that during this pandemic, local, state, or federal authorities might prohibit or severely curtail individuals’ access to and use of public services and public transportation; close or prevent access to buildings or public highways; isolate or quarantine buildings’ occupants; and prevent inter or intrastate delivery of goods and services. Our hospital clients will be operating