The following is a list of easy to follow How To guides to safety perform everyday tasks during the COVID-19 period.  Click each RED link to view each guide.

How to complete required paperwork (such as a timesheet or JSA)

This guide will offer ways to safely pass necessary paperwork between people while following good personal protective measures to protect from the COVID-19 virus. 

Some documents need authorization to be official like a timesheet.  Other documents require several people to sign like a Job Safety Analysis (JSA).  Below are some guidelines to help minimize the possibility of transmission of the flu while maintaining social distancing.  After both documents are completed, everyone involved should wash their hands with soap and water. 

TIMESHEET or other documents requiring a signature

A PLS Pro timesheet needs a supervisor signature to authorize the work time documented.  To help the client supervisor and PLS Pro maintain social distancing: 

  • The Pro will complete their Timesheet then place it on a flat surface for signature by the supervisor
  • The Pro can step away from the document to allow the proper distance and the supervisor can then sign the document using their own pen.
  • After the authorization signature, the Pro can take a picture of the document for submission and throw it away if they desire.  

JOB SAFETY ANALYSIS (JSA) or other documents requiring input from multiple people  

  • One main Pro can fill out the JSA or if it is a Client JSA (or another document), they will fill it out.  The document contents can be discussed while everyone maintains social distancing. 
  • When the discussion is over, the document can be put on a flat surface for review and signature.
  • Each person that needs to sign on the document can take turns using their own pen and appropriate social distance to sign the document and if needed, take a picture for documentation. 
  • The originator of the document can take a picture for their records then post or discard the document as needed. 

FINAL HELPFUL TIPS

  • The best practices for signing a paper document are to maintain social distancing, use your own pen and wash hands after the signing. 
How to get groceries or take-out

This guide will offer ways to get food from retail stores and restaurants while following good personal protective measures to protect from the COVID–19 virus.

Grocery or fast food delivery services are a good way to avoid crowded place. Many services are available for food delivery. Check online or with your local grocery store or restaurant as they may have a service too.

  • When getting groceries or food from a restaurant delivered, avoid a direct hand-off and arrange to have your items delivered to your doorstep or someplace nearby instead. NOTE: Many services that used to do in-home drop off, will not enter a house currently.
  • If you want to tip the driver, set that up in advance on the app if possible.
  • Order earlier than you normally do since delivery times are filling up faster than usual and availability may be limited.

IF YOU CHOSE TO GO TO THE GROCERY STORE

  • Shop when it’s less busy and usually early in the day is better for restock possibilities.
  • Try to stay 6-feet away from people
  • Take germicide with you to wipe your hands and the cart both before and after you shop or take advantage of the free wipes at the entrances of many stores.
  • Use credit or debit card, or a service like Apple Pay so you don’t have to exchange cash
  • Use your own pen to sign receipts.
  • Use a list so you only buy what you need and touch what you want.

WHEN YOU GET THE GROCERIES IN YOUR HOME

  • Although no infections have been reported from food containers, you can wash nonporous containers like plastic, metal and glass before you put them away using a towel, soap and water in most cases. Disinfectant is likely unnecessary in a home where there isn’t coronavirus present.
  • Wash produce under running water and scrub fruits and veggies with hard skins.
  • Wash your hands, counter, and other surfaces you’ve touched after you put away your groceries.

FINAL HELPFUL TIPS
• Check but whether you’re shopping in-store or online, Consumer Reports said there are precautions all of us should take

How to get gas or fuel

This guide will offer ways to help you remain safe at a gas station while filling your tank or entering the store by following good personal protective measures to protect from the COVID-19 virus. Gasoline vapors are a huge hazard at a gas station so the first safety tips will be for general gas station safety.

GENERAL GAS STATION SAFETY TIPS

  • Don’t use a mobile phone as some cases have been noted of the phone igniting the vapors
  • Turn off your engine when filling your tank
  • Don’t smoke at a gas station
  • If you do go inside the station, to prevent theft, lock your car when you go inside
  • If filling an approved portable container, place it on the ground to remove static charges from the tank
  • Wash hands if possible or use a sanitizer after touching the keypad and gas nozzle handle

IF YOU CHOSE TO GO INSIDE A STATION

  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing practices and follow the same rules as any public location
  • Use credit or debit card, or a service like Apple Pay so you don’t have to exchange cash
  • Use your own pen to sign receipts.
  • Limit touching items and only touch what you are going to purchase
  • Use a cleaning wipe or hand sanitizer before getting back into your car if possible or immediately upon getting back into your car

FINAL HELPFUL TIPS

  • Also remain vigilant at a gas station for criminal activity when entering or exiting your vehicle
How to stay in a hotel / motel

This guide will offer ways to limit your exposure to the COVID-19 virus during travel where hotel stays are necessary.

A hotel or motel room can be as safe from virus contamination as a home, but it takes more vigilance and cleaning to keep it safe. Staying at reputable hotels/motels where cleaning is a priority will also help in this effort.

  • Ask questions of the hotel/motel management on their cleaning protocols. If they have solid cleaning practices in place or if they can’t answer this question with good practices will determine if you should stay at that location, just to save a few dollars. If they are cutting costs on cleaning, the savings won’t be worth the possible eventual long term costs.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting your living spaces are the main ways to make it safe and free from a virus. With cleaning staff entering the room periodically, these activities will need to be repeated. Limiting room services visits will reduce the potential contamination of the room.
  • After a room has been visited by staff, all common surfaces will need to be cleaned with a disinfecting wipe or spray. This will include common surfaces like light switches, sink faucet handles, doorknobs, bed tables, etc.
  • Use germicide when first entering your room after a cleaning until you can wipe down the common surfaces. 

Do you have a ROOMMATE?

  • People on the road sometimes will share a room with another person to cut expenses. During this COVID-19 period PLS does not recommend this practice.
  • To meet virus protection guidelines, two people sharing a hotel/motel would need to practice social isolation. Rooms often have tight living conditions with shared bathroom, kitchen & living space. Social distancing can be difficult if not impossible.
How to travel with others in a vehicle

This guide will offer ways to minimize exposure and personal measures to protect from the COVID-19 virus while in a vehicle.

Clearly, people are going to have to get out of the house at some point use a vehicle. Even if tighter restrictions are put in place, some economic activity must continue, and some of that will mean driving. Grocery or fast food delivery services are a good way to avoid using your vehicle. Many services are available for food delivery.

Is your car a safe place in which to shelter from COVID-19? The answer is YES up to a point. You still need to take some precautions.

IF YOU CHOSE TO DRIVE

  • Decide if the trip is essential, if it is, try to go alone.
  • If you must go with someone, make sure that the person does not have acute symptoms of respiratory illness.
    • Make sure you share contact details with all your passengers so if someone does get sick, the others can be informed.
  • Keep your car interior clean. You need to regularly wipe down with a disinfectant wipe the main contact surfaces, including the steering wheel, gear shifter, touchscreen, door handles, and the most used buttons.
  • Disinfect all the surfaces you touch before and after the journey, especially if you’re sharing the car with someone or gave someone a lift
  • If you are not sure about your passenger and you MUST have them in your car, consider everyone in the vehicle wearing a mask. This won’t guarantee complete protection, but it will provide some limited protection.
  • The same guidelines apply for a family car as they do for an over the road semi-truck or a work 4×4 vehicle.
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