Infectious Disease Protocol
Eagle Aluminum’s Infectious Disease Responsiveness and Preparedness Plan
Eagle Aluminum will take proactive steps to protect the workplace in the event of an infectious disease outbreak such as COVID-19. It is the goal of Eagle Aluminum during any such time period to strive to operate effectively and ensure that all essential services are continuously provided and that employees are safe within the workplace.
Eagle Aluminum is committed to providing authoritative information about the nature and spread of infectious diseases, including symptoms and signs to watch for, as well as required steps to be taken in the event of an illness or outbreak.
Eagle Aluminum is deemed an essential business and therefore continues to operate following state and federal executive orders and guidelines through the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the actions Eagle Aluminum has taken, and continues to take, to protect our employees against infectious diseases such as COVID-19, are outlined below.
- Implemented a strict cleaning and disinfecting regime covering all common areas.
- Administered social distancing in common areas such as the lunch room and swap shop.
- Provided PPE to employees who cannot social distance.
- Installed hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility.
- Required employees and visitors to self-affirm that they meet the following requirements prior to entering the facility: 1) have no symptoms relating to COVID-19; 2) have not been in close contact with anyone confirmed with COVID-19; 3) do not have a fever.
- Implemented daily communications to employees regarding any updates surrounding COVID-19.
- Installed posters throughout the facility explaining the symptoms, transmission methods and procedures to follow when coming into close contact with a COVID-19 positive person or if they themselves feel symptoms.
Preventing the Spread of Infection in the Workplace
Eagle Aluminum will ensure a clean workplace, including the regular cleaning of objects and areas that are frequently used, such as bathrooms, break rooms, conference rooms, door handles and railings.
The Supervisors of Sand and Pattern will chair a committee to:
- Follow all guidelines established by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
- Monitor and coordinate events around an infectious disease outbreak, as well as to create work rules that could be implemented to promote safety through infection control.
- Provide appropriate PPE to all staff with recommendations for use if not already required.
- Limit common use areas to provide for social distancing guidelines, including but not limited to:
- Six-foot separations at swap shop and timeclocks,
- Fewer chairs in the lunch room,
- Required separations at all meetings.
- Clean and disinfect common areas at a frequency determined by the committee.
- Provide disinfecting sprays throughout the workplace to be used at the discretion of the employees.
- Have a non-contact thermometer available to be used to follow guidelines established including but not limited to screening each employee, visitor, customer or contractor prior to entry.
We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of infectious disease in the workplace. The best strategy remains the most obvious—frequent hand washing with warm, soapy water; covering your mouth whenever you sneeze or cough; and discarding used tissues in wastebaskets. We will also install alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the workplace and in common areas. Unless otherwise notified, our normal attendance and leave policies will remain in place.
All nonessential travel should be avoided until further notice. Employees who travel as an essential part of their job should consult with management on appropriate actions. Business-related travel outside the United States will not be authorized until further notice.
Telework requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. While not all positions will be eligible, all requests for temporary telecommuting should be submitted to your manager for consideration.
Guidelines for Employees with Symptoms or Questions About Our Policy
A. If an employee has symptoms:
If the employee is at home, have them contact physician or clinic with a known temperature.
- Get their advice on how to proceed.
- Contact HR to inform them of the plan.
If the employee is at work, contact the supervisor to get temperature taken.
- Contact the onsite health clinic for their advice on how to proceed.
- Contact HR to inform them of the plan.
B. If an employee has close contacts with symptoms or is caring for family member with symptoms who is either subject to an order or quarantine by a health care provider:
- Notify the clinic to get their input on how to proceed.
- Notify HR to create a plan
C. If an employee is caring for kids where school or daycare is closed due to COVID-19 virus:
- Contact HR for guidance on how to proceed.
D. If an employee is anxious about working and/or has family member with compromised immune system and does not fit other criteria under the paid sick leave/Expanded FMLA leave:
- Have the employee contact HR for guidance on how they can follow Eagle’s FMLA/STD normal procedures.
Confidentiality of Medical Information
Our policy is to treat any medical information as a confidential medical record. In furtherance of this policy, any disclosure of medical information is in limited circumstances with supervisors, managers, first aid and safety personnel, and government officials as required by law.
Social Distancing Guidelines for Workplace Infectious Disease Outbreaks
In the event of an infectious disease outbreak, Eagle Aluminum may implement these social distancing guidelines to minimize the spread of the disease among the staff.
During the workday, employees are requested to follow the following social distancing guidelines:
- Avoid meeting people face-to-face. Employees are encouraged to use the telephone, online conferencing, e-mail or instant messaging to conduct business as much as possible, even when participants are in the same building.
- If a face-to-face meeting is unavoidable, minimize the meeting time, choose a large meeting room and sit at least one yard from each other if possible; avoid person-to-person contact such as shaking hands.
- Avoid any unnecessary travel and cancel or postpone nonessential meetings, gatherings, workshops and training sessions.
- Not congregate in work rooms, pantries, copier rooms or other areas where people socialize.
- Practice social distancing in common areas such as lunchrooms, locker rooms, time-clocks and swap shop.
- Encourage members and others to request information and orders via phone and e-mail in order to minimize person-to-person contact. Have the orders, materials and information ready for fast pick-up or delivery.
Employees are encouraged to follow the Federal, State and local guidelines for social distancing.