PANDEMIC POLICY

Purple Falcon Partners’s COVID-19 Plan

 

  1. Purpose and Scope

Purple Falcon Partners is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our employees. Purple Falcon Partners has developed the following COVID-19 plan, which includes policies and procedures to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19, in accordance with OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).

Purple Falcon Partners has multiple workplaces that are substantially similar, and therefore has developed a single COVID-19 plan for the substantially similar workplaces, with site-specific considerations included in the table below.

  1. Roles and Responsibilities

Purple Falcon Partners’s goal is to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace(s). Managers as well as non-managerial employees and their representatives are all responsible for supporting, complying with, and providing recommendations to further improve this COVID-19 plan.

The COVID-19 Safety Coordinator(s), listed below, implements and monitors this COVID-19 plan. The COVID-19 Safety Coordinator(s) has Purple Falcon Partners’s full support in implementing and monitoring this COVID-19 plan, and has authority to ensure compliance with all aspects of this plan.

Purple Falcon Partners and the COVID-19 Safety Coordinator(s) will work cooperatively with non-managerial employees and their representatives to conduct a workplace-specific hazard assessment and in the development, implementation, and updating of this COVID-19 plan. 

  1. Hazard Assessment and Worker Protections

Purple Falcon Partners will conduct a workplace-specific hazard assessment of its workplace(s) to determine potential workplace hazards related to COVID-19. A hazard assessment will be conducted initially and whenever changes at the workplace create a new potential risk of employee exposure to COVID-19 (e.g., new work activities at the workplace).

Purple Falcon Partners and the COVID-19 Safety Coordinator(s) will work collaboratively with non-managerial employees and their representatives to conduct the workplace-specific hazard assessment. [OSHA’s COVID-19 Healthcare Worksite Checklist & Employee Job Hazard Analysis may be used to assess hazards related to COVID-19 at each facility and develop and implement policies and procedures for worker protection.] All completed hazard assessment forms and results will be attached to this plan and will be accessible to all employees and their representatives at each facility. 

Purple Falcon Partners will address the hazards identified by the assessment, and include policies and procedures to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 for each employee. These policies and procedures are as follows:

Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions

Purple Falcon Partners will develop and implement policies and procedures to adhere to Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions in accordance with CDC’s “Guidelines for Isolation Precautions.” 

Purple Falcon Partners and the COVID-19 Safety Coordinator(s) will work collaboratively with non-managerial employees and their representatives to develop and implement these policies and procedures.

Cleaning and Disinfection

Purple Falcon Partners will implement policies and procedures for cleaning, disinfection, and hand hygiene, along with the other provisions required by OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS, as part of a multi-layered infection control approach. Purple Falcon Partners and the COVID-19 Safety Coordinator(s) will work collaboratively with non-managerial employees and their representatives to implement cleaning, disinfection, and hand hygiene in the workplace.

In patient care areas, resident rooms, and for medical devices and equipment:

Purple Falcon Partners will follow standard practices for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and equipment in accordance with CDC’s “COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations” and CDC’s “Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control.”

In all other areas:

Purple Falcon Partners requires the cleaning of high-touch surfaces and equipment at least once a day, following manufacturers’ instructions for the application of cleaners.

When a person who is COVID-19 positive has been in the workplace within the last 24 hours, Purple Falcon Partners requires cleaning and disinfection, in accordance with CDC’s “Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance,” of any areas, materials, and equipment that have likely been contaminated by that person (e.g., rooms they occupied, items they touched).

Purple Falcon Partners will provide alcohol-based hand rub that is at least 60% alcohol or provide readily accessible hand washing facilities.

Ventilation

Purple Falcon Partners will implement policies and procedures for each facility’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system and ensure that:

  • The HVAC system(s) is used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the design specifications of the HVAC system(s);
  • The amount of outside air circulated through the HVAC system(s) and the number of air changes per hour are maximized to the extent appropriate;
  • All air filters are rated Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) 13 or higher, if compatible with the HVAC system(s); if not compatible, the filter with the highest compatible filtering efficiency is used;
  • All air filters are maintained and replaced as necessary to ensure the proper function and performance of the HVAC system;
  • All intake ports that provide outside air to the HVAC system(s) are cleaned, maintained, and cleared of any debris that may affect the function and performance of the HVAC system(s); and
  • Existing airborne infection isolation rooms (AIIRs), if any, are maintained and operated in accordance with their design and construction criteria.

Ventilation policies and procedures will be implemented, along with the other provisions required by OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS, as part of a multi-layered infection control approach. Purple Falcon Partners will identify the building manager, HVAC professional, or maintenance staff member who can certify that the HVAC system(s) are operating in accordance with the ventilation provisions of OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS and list the individual(s) below.

Return to Work Criteria

Purple Falcon Partners will only allow employees who have been removed from the workplace to return to work in accordance with guidance from a licensed healthcare provider or in accordance with the CDC’s “Isolation Guidance” and “Return to Work Healthcare Guidance.” Pursuant to CDC guidance, symptomatic employees may return to work after all the following are true:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and
  • At least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication, and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months and need not delay the end of isolation).

If an employee has severe COVID-19 or an immune disease, Purple Falcon Partners will follow the guidance of a licensed healthcare provider regarding return to work.

Pursuant to CDC guidance, asymptomatic employees may return to work after at least 10 days have passed since a positive COVID-19 test. If an employer receives guidance from a healthcare provider that the employee may not return to work, they must follow that guidance. 

Vaccination

Purple Falcon Partners encourages employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as a part of a multi-layered infection control approach.  Purple Falcon Partners will support COVID-19 vaccination for each employee by providing reasonable time and paid leave to each employee for vaccination and any side effects experienced following vaccination. 

Training

Purple Falcon Partners will implement policies and procedures for employee training, along with the other provisions required by OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS, as part of a multi-layered infection control approach.  Purple Falcon Partners and the COVID-19 Safety Coordinator(s) will work collaboratively with non-managerial employees and their representatives to assess COVID-19 hazards and implement an employee training program at each facility. 

Purple Falcon Partners’s COVID-19 training program will be accessible in the following ways:
[Describe how training will be conducted (e.g., online education, department meetings and tool talks, discussion with supervisors, other specific methods).]

Purple Falcon Partners will ensure that each employee receives training, in a language and at a literacy level the employee understands, on the following topics:

  • COVID-19, including:
  • How COVID-19 is transmitted (including pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic transmission);
  • The importance of hand hygiene to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 infections;
  • Ways to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 through proper covering of the nose and mouth;
  • The signs and symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Risk factors for severe illness; and
  • When to seek medical attention;
  • Purple Falcon Partners’s policies and procedures on patient screening and management;
  • Tasks and situations in the workplace that could result in COVID-19 infection;
  • Workplace-specific policies and procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 that are applicable to the employee’s duties (e.g., policies on Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions, physical distancing, physical barriers, ventilation, aerosol-generating procedures);
  • Employer-specific multi-employer workplace agreements related to infection control policies and procedures, the use of common areas, and the use of shared equipment that affect employees at the workplace;
  • Purple Falcon Partners’s policies and procedures for PPE worn to comply with OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS, including:
    • When PPE is required for protection against COVID-19;
    • Limitations of PPE for protection against COVID-19;
    • How to properly put on, wear, and take off PPE;
    • How to properly care for, store, clean, maintain, and dispose of PPE; and
    • Any modifications to donning, doffing, cleaning, storage, maintenance, and disposal procedures needed to address COVID-19 when PPE is worn to address workplace hazards other than COVID-19;
  • Workplace-specific policies and procedures for cleaning and disinfection;
  • Purple Falcon Partners’s policies and procedures on health screening and medical management;
  • Available sick leave policies, any COVID-19-related benefits to which the employee may be entitled under applicable federal, state, or local laws, and other supportive policies and practices (e.g., telework, flexible hours);
  • The identity of Purple Falcon Partners’s Safety Coordinator(s) specified in this COVID-19 plan;
  • OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS; and
  • How the employee can obtain copies of OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS and any employer-specific policies and procedures developed under OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS, including this written COVID-19 plan.

Purple Falcon Partners will ensure that the training is overseen or conducted by a person knowledgeable in the covered subject matter as it relates to the employee’s job duties, and that the training provides an opportunity for interactive questions and answers with a person knowledgeable in the covered subject matter as it relates to the employee’s job duties.

Purple Falcon Partners will provide additional training whenever changes occur that affect the employee’s risk of contracting COVID-19 at work (e.g., new job tasks), policies or procedures are changed, or there is an indication that the employee has not retained the necessary understanding or skill.

Anti-Retaliation

Purple Falcon Partners will inform each employee that employees have a right to the protections required by OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS, and that employers are prohibited from discharging or in any manner discriminating against any employee for exercising their right to protections required by OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS, or for engaging in actions that are required by OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS. 

Purple Falcon Partners will not discharge or in any manner discriminate against any employee for exercising their right to the protections required by OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS, or for engaging in actions that are required by OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS.

Requirements implemented at no cost to employees

Purple Falcon Partners will comply with the provisions of OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS at no cost to its employees, with the exception of any employee self-monitoring conducted under the Health Screening and Medical Management section of this Plan.

  1. Monitoring Effectiveness

Purple Falcon Partners and the COVID-19 Safety Coordinator(s) will work collaboratively with non-managerial employees and their representatives to monitor the effectiveness of this COVID-19 plan so as to ensure ongoing progress and efficacy.

Purple Falcon Partners will update this COVID-19 plan as needed to address changes in workplace-specific COVID-19 hazards and exposures.

  1. Coordination with Other Employers

Purple Falcon Partners will communicate this COVID-19 plan with all other employers that share the same worksite, and will coordinate with each employer to ensure that all workers are protected.

Purple Falcon Partners will adjust this COVID-19 plan to address any particular hazards presented by employees of other employers at the worksite.

  1. Entering Residences

Purple Falcon Partners will identify potential hazards and implement measures to protect employees who, in the course of their employment, enter into private residences and other physical locations controlled by a person not covered by the Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act). Purple Falcon Partners requires that [Employer] COVID-19 protocols be communicated to homeowners and sole proprietors prior to conducting work activities at private residences or other physical locations not covered by the OSH Act.

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