PLS Notifications regarding the COVID-19 virus

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This is NOT the time to relax on virus prevention measures

05/07/2020

Many states are beginning to relax virus-related restrictions and are starting to re-open. This means we can anticipate a rise in new cases and possibly a resurgence of the virus. This is NOT the time to relax on virus prevention measures. It is the time to increase awareness and prevention measures. This applies to both at work and personal time.

Be disciplined, be vigilant, be safe, be strong. The fight is not over.

• Wear your PPE (mask, gloves, glasses)
• Practice social distancing
• Wear your mask
• Wipe down surfaces
• Wash your hands often
• Avoid sick people

God Bless,

John Black

CDC Recommends Face Coverings

04/06/2020

CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission.

For information on areas of significant transmission of the COVID-19 virus visit the PLS website at http://plspros.com/covid-19-facts/

PLS supports the CDC guidelines and recommendations. As you probably know, face masks are in scares supply. The quickest way for you to follow the CDC recommendations is for you to purchase or make these face masks yourself. During the COVID-19 period PLS will reimburse you up to $10 for purchasing or making your own face masks. Submit a picture of your receipt or homemade mask to todd.clayton@plspros.com for a reimbursement.

The CDC recommends a cloth face covering and NOT an N-95 respirator.

Visit the PLS website for how-to guides on how to make your own homemade Face Covering at http://plspros.com/covid-19-how-tos/

HOW TO – Follow these simple to steps to make your own Face Covering

CDC Video How To: https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4

CDC Easy for follow Guide: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice - 03/30/20

03/30/2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is an Act of Congress meant to respond to the economic impacts of the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. The act will provide funding for free coronavirus testing, 14-day paid leave for American workers affected by the pandemic, and increased funding for food stamps.  Click here for details:  Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Notice

IMPORTANCE OF YOUR SERVICE DURING THE COVID-19 PERIOD

03/29/20

IMPORTANCE OF CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

This guide will offer details on the importance of the construction services during and after the COVID-19 Virus.

Almost all the emergency orders from the government both state and federal have included construction services as “essential” services. The government realizes things have to be built and fixed.

IMPORTANT POINTS

Keeping yourself healthy is the best way to help the country climb out of the economic hole we are currently digging.

  • If you continue to work in or out of your craft, just by working you will earn more than if you were on unemployment or with the recently passed economic package.
  • If possible, don’t share tools, this could pass the virus. Talk to your PLS project manager if you have concerns about tool sharing and clean any tool if someone has used them.
  • During this virus crisis, stay in a room by yourself rather than sharing a room. It is impossible to keep the appropriate distance from your “roommate” and if they get sick, you most likely will sick causing 2 people to leave the job site for a minimum of 2 weeks.
  • Wash your hands frequently, maintain social distancing and follow all client guidelines
  • If you are working in a distribution center, please make sure to only associate with the individuals you are required to work with to complete the task at hand. Staying away from people not relevant to do your job is of at utmost importance and will limit your exposures.
  • Please keep travel to a minimum, don’t take/request unnecessary time off to visit relatives or to go home. Travel even to home introduces you to possible new sources of contamination which you can bring back to the jobsite and your coworkers.
  • Use this website to ask yourself important virus questions and get the appropriate answers. https://www.apple.com/covid19/

Remember: You are always valuable to your families, PLS and now, the recovery of the United States, KEEP HEALTHY

Todd Clayton
PLS Safety Director

Educate & Train yourself on COVID-19 prevention

03/27/20

ALL PLS communication regarding the COVID-19 virus is urgent and important to your safety.  We ask that you read and review  ALL emails, txt and updated website content regarding the COVID-19 virus daily.

You recently received online training titled Cold, Flu, and Transmissible Illness Prevention.  This training is REQUIRED to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  You need to complete it within 24 hours.

We treat you like family because you are.  We have worked non-stop since the public outbreak of the coronavirus to educate & train you on how to continue working through the COVID-19 period and do it safely.

There is SO much information in the news it’s hard to know what’s right and relevant.  That’s why your team has taken the time to screen the most accurate information that is specific to PLS and put it in a single location in an easy to understand way.

Please do your part to STOP the spread.  Support the PLS WORK SAFE * LIVE SAFE mission by staying up to date on training and education material.  The PLS website is updated regularly with the following COVID-19 categories:

FAQs / FACTs / HOW TO Guides / TIPs / MEMOs / HELP

Corona SCAMS

03/27/20

This guide will offer ways to identify and avoid scams dealing with the COVID-19 virus.

As the world deals with the Coronavirus, we see heartwarming stories of people helping people across the world. These stories are inspiration and encourage us to do more to help. However, we also see people taking advantage of others for financial gain during times of trouble.

SCAMS

As this is being written, a new scam is being developed. Always check sources before donating money to a “charity”. Don’t let your good intentions pay for criminal activity. Below are a few of the current scams being tried to get your money.

  • I’m with the CDC: A current scam in New Jersey is people going door to door posing as CDC staff conducting “surveillance” and asking for personal information in the process. Would the CDC really send teams of people out to houses to collect money during a pandemic where social distancing is so important?
  • Donate money call: Phone calls asking for charitable donations to a hospital or fire department to help in the response efforts. Only donate to reputable organizations and you should always make the call so you know who you are talking too on the phone.
  • I’m from the government and I’m here to help: Calls from the “government” to discuss your financial aid relief package. This caller will often ask for your social security number to “verify your account” which is the goal of the call, identity theft. We hear about his scam every year during tax season and in times of crisis. The government won’t call to ask for personal information – they already have it.
  • It’s for your health: This scam involves a call discussing your need for supplemental insurance coverage to protect you financially from the Coronavirus. This caller will ask for financial information like access to a bank account or credit card information to pay for premiums associated with the additional coverage. You don’t need additional coverage – IT’S A SCAM!

FINAL HELPFUL TIPS

  • Giving to help your fellow citizens get through tough times is a great thing. Give what you can but make sure you are donating to a reputable charity before you donate.
  • Donating time is always safe but properly researching a charity before a monetary donation is important to not be part of a scam.
  • Never give away private information, a charity doesn’t need it, the government won’t ask for it – They already have it.
WORK SAFE * LIVE SAFE mission. Do your part.

03/26/20

Dear Pros,

PLS takes its responsibility as part of the “essential workforce” seriously when dealing with the Coronavirus. Protection of our employees from this pandemic is our primary responsibility. A huge part of worker’s safety involves the protection of the worksite and all the employees at that site. This is a core value of PLS to have safe employees at safe worksites. To do our part to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus and maintain a safe jobsite, we will act quickly and decisively following all CDC and other recommended guidelines.

As you know, social distancing is a huge part of the response to the Coronavirus. Keeping a 6 foot distance from other people will help eliminate the spread of the virus. One of our clients has a policy that addresses this distancing. If an employee can’t maintain this distance with a person known to have the Coronavirus, they will be removed from that job site for 14 days. Working to be a good partner with the CDC and other guidelines to help stop the spread of the virus, we will adhere to this guidelines. We will also quarantine for 14 days any roommate(s) the first Pro may have had at the job site to eliminate this potential path for the virus to enter the jobsite.

We realize that 14 days off past any symptoms is a financial hardship however, we feel it is the best method to protect the remaining PLS professionals and the jobsite from infection and jobsite shutdown. All unemployment benefits are available to these employees during this 14+ days of time off. Also depending on the aide package now passing through the government, other assistance may be available very soon for the displaced employee(s).

Please do your part and follow all the guidelines to maintain a safe worksite including social distancing, hand washing, etc.. Also, if you have a person in your life that has the Coronavirus, please self-identify and remove yourself from the jobsite. Together we can defeat this so called “invisible enemy” and get back to a normal life and economy.

WORK SAFE * LIVE SAFE
visit: http://plspros.com/covid-19/

John Black
Professional Labor Support
50 South Park Blvd.
Greenwood, IN 46143
317-430-9872

COVID-19 CENTER from PLS

03/23/2020

To help move more information to you and keep you informed, the website www.plspros.com has been upgraded to include a section specifically on the Coronavirus. This section is updated almost daily on what the government including the CDC response may be. We are also surfing state websites to find out if a particular state has anything different from the federal response. We find the latest information to publish and detail what this could mean for the PLS pro.

Here is the latest update https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

Also on the web page in a “NEWS” tab dedicated to news you can use including Bingo updates and other relevant information.

Todd Clayton
Professional Labor Support
50 South Park Blvd.
Greenwood, IN 46143

You are an Essential Employee

03/24/2020

Please see the attached letter from PLS verifying that you are an Essential Employee as defined by State and Federal orders. Please either print or save this document while travelling to and from work. You may also obtain a copy of this letter along with any current updates on our website www.plspros.com.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Be safe,

Stephanie Sanders
Human Resource Manager
Professional Labor Support
50 South Park Blvd.
Greenwood, IN 46143
O – 317-865-7757
F- 317-865-4757
www.plspros.com

Essential Employee Letter

WORK SAFE * LIVE SAFE Mission

03/24/2020

PLS believes we all have a responsibility to continue performing the essential work needed for our country right now, and to perform that work while protecting ourselves from the virus and preventing the spread.  While so many of our fellow Americans have been displaced due to the COVID-19 virus our work has never had more purpose or been more essential.  Because of this we have created the WORK SAFE * LIVE SAFE Mission

The mission is a PLS initiative to guide our Pros and Clients safely through the COVID-19 period.  Our mission during this period is:

  • To educate our PROs and Clients on how to work, live and maneuver through the COVID-19 period with easy to understand how-to guides.
  • To engage our Pros and Clients with timely, accurate and valuable information.
  • To be a necessary & trusted source for Pros and Clients through the COVID-19 period with our information, knowledge, encouragement, faith and hope in a safe & strong tomorrow.

Check the PLS website for information regarding the COVID-19 updates!

John Black
Professional Labor Support
50 South Park Blvd.
Greenwood, IN 46143
317-430-9872

OSHA Guide to COVID-19 - 3/23/20

PROs should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change.  March 23rd, 2020

How COVID-19 Spreads

Although the first human cases of COVID-19 likely resulted from exposure to infected animals, infected people can spread COVID-19 to other people.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, including:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has COVID-19 on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads.

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (i.e., experiencing fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this type of asymptomatic transmission with this new coronavirus, but this is also not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

OSHA Basic Infection Prevention Measures

Basic infection prevention includes:

  • Frequent and thorough hand washing, and encourage others to do the same. If soap and running water are not immediately available, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Use respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Don’t use other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.
  • Maintain regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment.
  • Prompt identification and isolation of potentially infectious individuals is a critical step in protecting workers, customers, visitors, and others at a worksite.
  • Self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 if you suspect possible exposure.
  • Avoid others who show signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Administrative Controls to control the hazards associated with the COVID-19 virus.

If you are sick stay home.  Do NOT report to work.  Contact PLS.  PLS has a non-punitive leave policy regarding the COVID-19 virus.

  • Minimizing contact among others by maintaining a distance of 6 feet while maintaining a full onsite work week.
  • Discontinuing nonessential travel to locations with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks. Regularly check CDC travel warning levels at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers.
  • Check the PLS website daily for updates regarding COVID-19.
  • Follow your JSA

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

While administrative controls are considered more effective in minimizing exposure to COVID-19, PPE may also be needed to prevent certain exposures. While correctly using PPE can help prevent some exposures, it should not take the place of other prevention strategies.

PLS requires the following PPE: hardhat, gloves, safety glasses at all times.

PLS monitors the OSHA and CDC websites regularly for updates about recommended PPE.

All types of PPE must be:

  • Selected based upon the hazard to the worker.
  • Consistently and properly worn when required.
  • Regularly inspected, maintained, and replaced, as necessary.
  • Properly removed, cleaned, and stored or disposed of, as applicable, to avoid contamination of self, others, or the environment.

According to OSHA and the CDC, workers, including those who work within 6 feet of patients known to be, or suspected of being, infected with COVID-19 and those performing aerosol-generating procedures, need to use respirators.  By avoiding those known to be, or suspected of being, infected with COVID-19 will remove the hazard and therefore the need for respirators such as an N95.

Here is a link to OSHA’s complete guide:  https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

COVID-19 SAFETY MEMO - 3/23/20

WORK SAFE is no longer enough!  You must LIVE SAFE!  We ALL have a responsibility to STOP the spread & protect yourself.  The virus won’t stop if you are only following the following the guidelines while at work.  You need to practice them at all times.

TIPS

  • Order groceries online.  Order ahead of time because it may take days
  • Ask Siri.   Yes, that’s right.  iPhone users who are wondering whether they have COVID-19 can now turn to Siri.  Just say…“Hey Siri, do I have the coronavirus?”
  • Avoid non-essential shopping and lifestyle services such as a haircut.
  • Don’t “hang with the crew” during breaks or after hours.

PLS supports the Presidents “15 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD” guidelines and the CDC guideline on how to .  You can find a copy here:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

COVID-19 MEMO - 3/19/20

Living and working in the midst of this crisis can be stressful.  It is so important for you to “Work Safe * Work Strong”.  These words have never been truer.

Work Safe – protect yourself by taking the extra steps to prevent the spread of viruses.  Take this serious and use your JSA training to take corrective action.

Work Strong – not only continue to work at the same level that got you where you are, but live strong.  Live with the confidence that together  we will win this fight. 

Here is why I can say this with confidence:

  • None of our major projects have been affected so far by the virus.  They are all on schedule.
  • Most of our work is in an Amazon or Walmart facility.  They are booming thanks to online ordering becoming the new norm.
  • Most importantly.  We are in God’s grip. 

Work Safe * Work Strong

John Black / CEO

COVID-19 HR Memo - You are ESSENTIAL - 3/23/20

COVID-19 HR Memo – You are ESSENTIAL

You are essential to your country and fellow Americas in the work you are performed.  The supply chains we are building today will be critical to tomorrow.

Because our work is considered “essential” per most state and federal guidelines PLS will continue to offer you the opportunity to earn income while so many of our fellow Americans are displaced.

Please know that should you desire to spend this time with your family during this time you can do so with so without a negative impact on your overall employment record.  If you wish to stay at home, please contact either Stephanie Sanders or Melinda Given to discuss the timing of a leave of absence.

At the time of this writing there is no additional federal assistance from the government. We are closely monitoring this situation and will continue to email out any announcements.

PLS supports the Presidents “15 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD” guidelines.  Please click on the link below to read a copy.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

COVID-19 SAFETY MEMO - 3/20/20

PLS has always gone above and beyond when it comes to safety.  We take the same approach when it comes to the COVID-19 virus.

This virus is stoppable.  You can protect yourself.  It is transmitted by people who are NOT following these guidelines.

  • Maintain a 6 foot perimeter from others
  • Avoid the mist from individuals who vape
  • Avoid unknown people with a cough or flu like symptom’s
  • Avoid public places when possible.  This is a highly contagious airborne virus
  • If you need to visit a public place such as a grocery store make sure to wipe down your groceries and wash your hands afterward.
  • Drink lots of water.  This is to flush any airborne particles into your storage where it can’t survive.
  • Our office is closed.  We are working fulltime from home.  If you need something just call the office and we can make arrangements.
  • Don’t leave your house without hand sanitizer.
  • The COVID-19 virus can live on surfaces and can be transmitted by touching contaminated surfaces.  Wipe down surfaces with an anti-bacterial wipe often, especially surfaces in high traffic areas.
  • Wear your PPE.  Gloves and glasses

If you show flu like symptoms you must remove yourself from the jobsite

Flu like symptoms include:

  • Persistent cough
  • Fever – anything above 100
  • Shortness of breath

If you have these symptoms…

  • If you are traveling you will receive travel out pay
  • Contact the office and your supervisor immediately
  • Return home and apply for unemployment

PLS is in the process of supplying no-contact thermometers to jobsites.  Please self-monitor your temperature until they arrive.

Follow the CDC’s guide to protect yourself:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html