Total Maintenance Services Inc. is working hard to ensure that we follow the protocols and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide safe business practices and services against COVID-19.
Employers are accountable to deliver safe and healthy workplaces that are clear of acknowledged dangers likely to cause death or serious physical harm according to The Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Although more people begin to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and businesses relax mask-wearing and social distancing measures, employers should continue daily practices of cleaning and disinfecting public and private surfaces to prevent the spreading of viruses, in addition to providing a safe and sanitary workplace. Until all people have received the COVID-19 vaccine, businesses should continue to implement cleaning and disinfecting practices to prevent the spread of the disease and to provide a clean and safe work environment.
What is COVID-19?
According to the CDC, COVID-19 is “a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a new coronavirus discovered in 2019. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Some people who are infected may not have symptoms. For people who have symptoms, illness can range from mild to severe. Adults 65 years and older and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness”.
The CDC confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the United States on January 21, 2020. In the early months of 2020, travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and restrictions on global air travel began to be implemented across the US. Companies started working on a vaccine to protect individuals from the Coronavirus.
At present, the three types of vaccines that are approved in the US are from Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer. The CDC recommends receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
The CDC has a Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on their website with tips for employers in regards to COVID-19. Some of the recommendations include:
- Having daily in-person or virtual health checks.
- Providing information for employees about what they can do for protection both at home and at work.
- Protecting high risk for severe illness employees.
- Implementing social distancing practices and policies.
- Performing standard and regular disinfection and cleaning.
- Confirming that the facility’s ventilation systems are operating properly.
- Urging employees with COVID-19 symptoms and/or employees with family members at home who have COVID-19 to inform their supervisor and stay home.
At Total Maintenance Services Inc.
We are providing high quality and professional services to our customers that are done in accordance with recommendations from the CDC. One of the ways we work to keep our employees and customers safe is by wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as jumpsuits and respirators, when working in buildings or facilities where the Coronavirus may be in existence.
Additionally, the disinfectants and protocols we use, and follow are approved by the EPA’s List N.