Message from the President of Hypower
Updated 04-13-2020, 7:57 am
Good morning. Effective today face masks are required. I’ve been asked a few times about wearing face masks so I wanted to send a quick email out to the office.
We have provided you with the black face masks that are acceptable under the current CDC recommendations. But so are homemade masks, paper masks, even bandannas. So feel free to be as creative as you want so long as you stay within the guidelines. We just need to try and be comfortable while we deal with something so different.
When you are at your desk or in your office alone and you feel like you want to keep the mask lowered that’s fine. I would recommend that you use hand sanitizer every time you leave your workstation as well as wipe your area down at least twice a day.
Whenever you leave your work area and you’re going to move around the office, to use the restroom, get a cuppa coffee, or go collaborate with a coworker, please remember to wear your face mask so that we can comply with the latest recommendations and requirements that our government has imposed upon us while we continue to battle this coronavirus pandemic.
It does seem like the social distancing and the facemasks are helping to “flatten the curve“ so we will continue to do our part to help that along I hope we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not a train!
On job sites, facemasks are a full-time requirement like hardhats, eye protection, and gloves. Straightforward and simple.
Everybody is doing so great. Keep up the good work!
Bernard Paul-Hus, President
Updated 04-08-2020, 9:05 am
Hello all Hypower workers.
How is everyone holding up? This text is a little longer, but it is super important, so read it all carefully and watch the video below – its less than 2 minutes.
So far, I want to commend us all on being responsible and professional workers. We continue to be allowed to work as essential workers. Working together with our customers, subcontractors, and vendors, we can say that we are doing an acceptable job of dealing with the current situation. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! We have had about 1 dozen instances where people have self-quarantined due to potential exposure. We have had one potential positive result on the Boynton Beach job but we have not been able to confirm, so we are working with the general contractor to do a stand down until we get answers, and in the meantime, they are disinfecting the entire jobsite through a specialty company. If you are that jobsite, please self-quarantine until we have the final results.
But for this one possible case, as best as we can tell, the exposures were not jobsite related and we have not confirmed any positive tests of any of our employees. So far, the test results we have received have all been negative, thank God. WE MUST STAY VIGILANT!
Stay with me now, I know this is long, but it is important that you read this entire text.
The CDC has declared that surgical masks and N95 respirators are in short supply and should be reserved for healthcare workers or other medical first responders, as recommended by CDC guidance. Therefore, rather than continue to use our N95 masks on a voluntary basis, we will be issuing new Face Shields for you to use. Effective this coming Monday, these face masks will be mandatory. You will receive two, so you can rotate daily and disinfect daily. The use of these face shields will be mandatory full time, same as your hardhat, eye protection, and gloves if you are I the field. If you are in the office, then use these face shields in conjunction with the hand sanitizer and wipes. We will also be replenishing hand soaps to the field. Wash as often as possible and make sure you scrub for 20 seconds before rinsing as recommended by the CDC.
For extra protection, if you feel safer with an extra layer, I recommend that you make a cloth mask to wear under your face shield, or in lieu of the face shield, if you do so as recommended by the CDC. Here is a video of our US Surgeon General showing how simple and easy it is to make this extra layer of protection using an old t-shirt and a couple of rubber bands. US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4 Please watch this short video.
With two face masks you can wash one every evening and always have a clean face mask ready to go.
Even with all of these preventative measures, you will continue to use social distancing. We all know that the realities of being an essential worker will place us in close quarters from time to time. Please continue to avoid these situations.
Coronavirus Infection Prevention: Always consult your doctor or use Teledoc App for medical advice. There are currently no vaccines to protect you against COVID-19 infections, but the CDC suggests helping to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following:
· On Jobsites, in the field: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. – This is why we have given each of you your own soap bar. We have plenty more should you need it. You can use your own soap, of course. Please keep soap bars with you at all times in a Ziploc type bag when not using them.
· In the office or job trailers: Wash your hands often and frequent use of hand sanitizer or the soap. We are continuing to provide sanitizer or soap refills or soap bars upon request. Clean and disinfect shared workspaces and high-contact surfaces as often as possible.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Effective Monday, the new face shields will be issued, and we will require their use fulltime, same as your hardhat, eye protection, and gloves. MANDATORY. This will both help prevent person to person transmission as well as keep you from making direct contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you have an itch, sanitize first!
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick. This should be pretty self-evident by now!
· Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow—not your hand. Sanitize after every cough or sneeze. If you have a persistent sneeze or cough, please stay home and consult a doctor.
· Stay home if you experience any cold-like symptoms. Nothing above is an excuse to come to work sick! Construction remains an essential business, so we are expected to work. But we must do so responsibly and professionally! Thank you for reading all of this. It is important! Also, see more links to more information. This is useful information. Far more detailed than what you hear on TV.
Read more information:
– Use of Face Shields or Face Masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
– Face Mask Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-faq.html
Bernard Paul-Hus, President
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Message from the Risk Manager
Updated: Friday, 03-27-20, 7:40 pm
In our continuing effort to help everyone stay healthy while we’re all working we ask that you personally help with a few things;
- If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, please stay home and let your supervisor know you’re going to self-quarantine per the CDC guidelines and seek medical attention.
- If you need medical attention and don’t already have a doctor to see, or simply want the convenience of not leaving your home, consider using the Teledoc app. FL Blue has arranged to waive Teledoc copays for Hypower plan members with issues related to COVID-19 for a limited time. Teledoc doctors can answer questions about the disease, evaluate your risk, and provide support by a phone or video call to help relieve symptoms for affected patients, addressing both physical and mental health needs. Teledoc info attached PDF LINK here and TELEDOC APP LINK HERE 1-800-835-2362
- While at work, if possible please keep a safe distance from others as often as possible. There’s an Apple app with guidance and info about COVIC-19 and specifically about social distancing you can check out here: LINK HERE
- If you find yourself in a crowded area, elevator, bus or even if you’re simply working close to someone else, that’s a good time to wear a mask.
Masks are in short supply these days, but we’ve got some that we’re sending out to the jobsites. Each mask will be accompanied by a zip lock bag to store it in when you’re not using it. Hopefully you can make it last a week or more before you need a replacement. Your supervisor should have one for you soon.
- It’s also important that you wash your hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer. The goal here is to wash away any COVID-19 germs before touching your face, mouth or nose. To help here, soap and water as well as hand sanitizer is readily available in the offices. On the jobsites we’re providing soap and washing stations were they don’t have them in place already. These should be set up on Monday. If you’re on one of the job sites where they don’t already have wash stations with soap and water, your supervisor will be providing you with a small bar of soap and a zip lock bag to keep it in. When you need a replacement bar, let your supervisor know and he’ll have another for you.
- In addition to these measures, the safety glasses you should be using the entire time you’re working at a jobsite will also help protect your eyes, just as the mask is protecting your mouth and nose. If you need new safety glasses, please ask your supervisor and if you’re in an office and want them, just let me know and I’ll set you up.
- We currently have a non-contact forehead thermometer at the Main Office at my desk and the Pompano Office at Nick Altadonna’s desk and we’re getting them for our larger jobsites as they become available. If you’re not sure if you have a fever (Temp greater than 100.3) and want to check, please call us before coming to see us so we’ll have an opportunity to put on PPE, then stop by for a quick temperature reading.
Thanks for working safely every day and please listen to the CDC recommendations LINK HERE https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and stay safe and healthy.
David Weingarten, Director of Risk Management