COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan
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Our Commitment to Employee and Customer Safety Our Commitment to Employee and Customer Safety

This Preparedness and Response Plan has been created by Belle Tire to decrease the risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19 during the 2020 pandemic. We intend to take every measure possible to ensure the safety of our employees, their families, our customers and the community. It has been developed following guidelines recommended by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration in their Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 as well as the Center for Disease Control and our state agencies.
Belle Tire has been designated a Critical Infrastructure Business by the federal government, therefore all our employees are Critical Infrastructure Employees.  To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure employees may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain symptom-free and additional precautions are taken to protect them and the community.

The Manager, as the leader of each location, is responsible for the team complying with these guidelines and training all employees, including new employees when they start with us; on the following procedures:

COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines

Employee Health Screening

All employees must self-screen prior to the start of their work shift:

  • Is the employee experiencing any Principal Symptoms of COVID-19? (Symptoms include):

    • Fever or chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath

    • Sore throat

    • Diarrhea

    • Loss of taste or smell

  • The employer shall direct employees to promptly report any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to the employer before or during the work shift.

  • The employer shall physically isolate any employees known or suspected to have COVID-19 from the remainder of the workforce, using measures such as, but not limited to:

    • Not allowing known or suspected cases to report to work.

    • Sending known or suspected cases away from the workplace.

    • Assigning known or suspected cases to work alone at a remote location (for example, their home), as their health allows.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
ALL employees are required to wear a face mask/face shield and any other required personal protection equipment at all times while in any retail locations.

  • This includes wearing new gloves, and using floor, seat and steering wheel covers for each vehicle.

Social Distancing

  • Remain 6ft apart from other employees and customers as consistently as possible throughout your workday wearing a mask at all times.

  • No physical contact with co-workers or customers. This includes handshaking, hugs, high-fives, elbow bumps, or fist bumps. If possible, ask customers t oset keys down on counter and then pick them up. this will help avoid touching.

  • Avoid sharing tools when possible.

Hygiene

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap. When hand washing is not available use hand sanitizer.

  • Utilize hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable

  • Avoid touching faces with unwashed hands

  • Disinfect all work areas after use. This includes tools, machines, and high touch surfaces such as pods, door handles and light switches.

Safety Guidelines for COVID-19 Exposure

Belle Tire has been designated a Critical Infrastructure Business by the federal government, therefore all our employees are Critical Infrastructure Employees.  To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure employees may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain symptom-free and additional precautions are taken to protect them and the community.

Critical infrastructure businesses have an obligation to limit, to the extent possible, the reintegration into the worksite of in-person employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 but remain symptom-free in ways that best protect the health of the employee, their co-employees, and the general public.

Suspected Cases of COVID-19 in the Workplace

What should I do if an employee comes to work with COVID-19 symptoms?

  • Employees who have symptoms when they arrive at work or become sick during the day should immediately be sent home. Employees who develop symptoms outside of work should notify their manager and stay home.

  • Employee is unable to return to work until they symptom free

  • Employee is not required to provide a negative test or doctor’s note

  • Notify your HR Business Partner

What should I do if an employee has been exposed but is not showing symptoms?

  • Notify your HR Business Partner

  • Critical Infrastructure Employees who were exposed and meet the criteria for ‘close contact’ as defined below with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, can continue working as long as they remain symptom free, but should self-monitor for symptoms and continue to practice prevention guidelines (see prevention guidelines above).  If possible the employee should work remotely.

  • Non-Critical Infrastructure Employees who were in ‘close contact’ as defined below with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and do not have symptoms should remain at home and practice social distancing for 14 days since last contact. If possible the employee should work remotely.

    • Close contact is defined as:

      • You were within 6 feet of someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

      • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19

      • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)

      • You shared eating or drinking utensils

      • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in the Workplace

What should I do if an employee has tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Notify your Manager and HR Business Partner

  • Work with your DRO or manager we will close the store/location and immediately arrange for the location to be fully cleaned and disinfected.

  • Employees who have been exposed but remain symptom-free must adhere to the following practices before and during their work shift:

    • Pre-Screen: Employers should measure the employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to them starting work. Ideally, temperature checks should happen before the individual enters the facility.

    • Regular Monitoring: As long as the employee doesn’t have a temperature or symptoms, they should self-monitor under the supervision of their employer’s occupational health program.

    • Wear a Mask: The employee should wear a face
      mask at all times while in the workplace for 14 days after last exposure. Employers can issue facemasks or can approve employees’ supplied cloth face coverings in the event of shortages.

    • Social Distance: The employee should maintain 6 feet and practice social distancing as work duties permit in the workplace.

    • Disinfect and Clean work spaces: Clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment routinely.

When should an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 return to work?

  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 or who display the principal symptoms of COVID-19 should (apart from seeking medical care) remain in their home or place of residence until:

    • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and

    • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and

    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​