Here are some words from our Lamont Brooks.
All employees should be exercising social distancing for safety reasons.
Employees should be considerate of each as it pertains to social distancing and alerting supervisors in situations where it is not taking place.
Vance secured a response on the PASS, but social distancing should be applied period.
Please share with the APWU local officers, stewards and clerk employees.
Local leadership should be addressing many of these issues based on directives already sent to the field.
If local management are not following protocol, elevate the specific issue to your respective NBAs first, for intervention at their level to avoid overwhelming HQ officers.
Thank you for your cooperation.
In conjunction with the continued recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), updated recommendations have been received and will be immediately implemented. This update is in addition to the current guidance in MMO-031-20.
According to the CDC, the risk of exposure to cleaning staff is inherently low. In consultation with the CDC and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), when a COVID-19 case has been confirmed within a facility, the following is now recommended to aid in reducing secondary transmission from work clothes (reminder to always avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands):
Gloves and an additional disposable or washable outer layer (to cover torso) are now recommended.
The outer layer recommendation is to add an additional layer of protection to normal work clothes when bending over surfaces while cleaning.
The CDC states coveralls, aprons, work uniforms, or an extra shirt can all be worn as an outer layer during cleaning and disinfecting. Reusable (washable) clothing should be laundered afterwards using CDC guidance on laundry (warmest temperature setting and fully dry the clothing piece). Disposable clothing must be discarded after completing tasks. Clean hands after handling dirty laundry.
See attached on additional cleaning in facilities with positive covid-19 cases