8 COVID-19 Health & Safety Tips for Technicians
February 12, 2021
February 12, 2021
As guidance on health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we’ve compiled the latest advice to help our technician community stay safe and informed. If you’re a technician on the Field Nation platform, please continue to follow along with our latest COVID-19 technician updates.
Before accepting any work orders, check COVID-19 trends and cases with your local government, the CDC, or the Public Health Agency of Canada before heading out the door. Put your safety first!
To empower your decisions regarding your personal safety on-site, Field Nation has asked companies to be as clear as possible about on-site specifics when posting work orders, including details around:
As soon as you’re assigned, immediately review your work order details, including location, site information, and any other previously confidential information. If you’re concerned about site safety, contact your customer to resolve the issue. If the issue cannot be resolved, remove yourself from the work order as soon as possible. Please note that COVID-19 related removals (before or after the Confirmation Window) will not be penalized. COVID-19-specific provider removals that occur after the Confirmation Window begins will be reviewed by Field Nation. This policy will remain in place until further notice.
It’s important to stay at least six feet away from co-workers and customers when possible, even if no one has COVID-19 symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.
Here are some specific suggestions about social distancing for technicians:
Being proactive about having the right PPE for each job helps safeguard your health as well as the health of others.
Field Nation recommends that companies continue to include PPE and mask requirements in each work order. Please note that work orders may be canceled if technicians don’t follow state or federal health and safety mandates.
Ensure you have access to equipment you may need such as face shields, masks, gloves, goggles, and gowns. In a summary of OSHA guidelines, the TSIA states that all types of PPE must be:
As of February 2, 2021, masks are required on public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, as well as in airports. There are a variety of types of masks available, offering varying levels of protection.
Here are the basics of how to wear a mask:
Finally, beware of fraudulent masks and respirators, which have become more prevalent during the pandemic.
Now that the U.S. has authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19, you can choose to be vaccinated when it’s your turn. To find out when vaccines will be available for your priority group, review vaccine information for your state.
Also, the CDC recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older with any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine.
Proper ventilation can also help reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.
When possible, increase ventilation in your work area by opening windows or doors, and use fans to increase airflow. When it is not possible to keep windows or doors open, adjust the fan on your thermostat to “on” instead of “auto,” which will operate the fan continuously, even when heating or air-conditioning is not required.
The CDC recommends wearing disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces as well as cleaning your hands after removing gloves.
Ask your customers about available cleaning supplies, and if they aren’t able to provide them, ask if there is an on-site supervisor who can let you know the location of the nearest restroom where you can wash your hands.
The CDC has posted cleaning and disinfecting tips, including updated guidelines for sanitizing electronic devices. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also created a tool (also known as “List N”) that includes all products that kill the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to the label directions. Using this tool, try searching for active ingredients or by brand or product name to double-check the efficacy of products you already purchased, or to inform your purchasing decisions.
If you suspect an active COVID-19 case on-site or another situation that puts your health or safety at risk, please bring it to the attention of your customer so they can address the situation on a case by case basis.
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