Safe Field Testing During COVID-19 Pandemic

Introduction

The following steps are the general and task-specific actions Montrose teams are taking to ensure we can safely provide field-testing services for our clients around the country during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

BASIC STEPS

All employees have been directed to:

  • Stay home if symptomatic or have had known exposure and use company-paid sick time and other company-paid time off benefits
  • Pre-shift self-screening by employees has been put in place to identify and minimize potential exposure risks
  • Work remotely whenever possible to minimize the potential of spreading the virus (office-based employees)
  • Employ social distancing (6 feet), even where not mandated by local authorities
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least twenty seconds and use hand sanitizer (> 60 percent alcohol)
  • Avoid touching hands to face
  • Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces before and after shifts or crew changes

Note:

  • All employees have been informed and trained on COVID-19 and these procedures
  • Visitor access to our facilities has been restricted to essential business.
  • Existing stop work authority (as with any workplace hazard) is reinforced.

JOB PREPARATION

Employees have been directed to:

  • Verify the customer’s site conditions, processes, and operations before commencing prep work to ensure that we can operate in a safe manner
  • Assemble the necessary PPE to bring to the job site
    • Bring all sanitizing products needed to clean company and customer surfaces that may be encountered
  • Arrange workstations to provide for 6 feet of separation between co-workers
  • Wear gloves, whenever possible
  • Disinfect work areas, including mobile lab workspaces, before and after shifts or crew changes
  • Disinfect test equipment surfaces (focusing on man/machine interfaces – handles, switches, knob, buttons, keyboards and keys, etc.) before and after shifts or crew changes

SCHEDULING

Employees have been directed to:

  • Establish and maintain separate, designated teams (with the same PMs and technicians) where possible, to minimize cross-contamination
  • Dedicate each mobile laboratory unit to a single PM/Tech team

MOBILIZATION

Employees have been directed to:

  • Avoid all public transportation when possible
  • Pay for fuel outdoors and sanitize contact surfaces before touching
  • Not eat in public dining areas

ARRIVAL AND CUSTOMER INTERFACE

Employees have been directed to:

  • Follow all site rules at all times, including any recently implemented COVID-19 requirements
  • Maintain a minimum of 6 feet of interpersonal distancing, especially from plant personnel
  • Arrange pre-job meetings using virtual technology, where possible
  • Conduct face-to-face meetings outdoors for any in-person situations (orientation, safety, and daily tailgate meetings, etc.)

ON SITE TESTING

Employees have been directed to:

  • Arrange workstations to provide for 6 feet of separation between co-workers
  • Disinfect test equipment surfaces (focusing on man/machine interfaces – handles, switches, knob, buttons, keyboards and keys,
    etc.)

    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces before and after operator changes and shift or crew changes
  • Use field connectivity technology to facilitate customer communication
    • Phones or radios, as allowed, for real-time communication needs
    • Email for test, operational, and monitoring data
  • Use field connectivity technology to facilitate regulatory agency observation
    • Facetime leak checks with remote observer
    • Video conferencing with screen sharing of live test and calibration data collection
  • Prohibit visitors from physically entering enclosed personal workspaces such as mobile laboratories
  • Wear gloves, whenever possible
  • Create separate on-stack work areas for each team member to maintain 6 feet of separation
  • Be careful to avoid sample contamination from disinfectant products
  • Disinfect work areas, including mobile lab workspaces

LAB ANALYSIS

Employees have been directed to:

  • Not share workspaces
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between co-workers
  • Disinfect equipment surfaces (focusing on man/machine interfaces – handles, switches, knob, buttons, keyboards and keys, sample transport containers, etc.)
  • Wear gloves whenever possible
  • Be careful to avoid sample contamination from disinfectant products

REPORTING

Employees have been directed to:

  • Not share workspaces when working at the office
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between coworkers
  • Disinfect office equipment surfaces (focusing on man/machine interfaces – handles, switches, knob, buttons, keyboards and keys, etc.)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your
contact at Montrose, or email covid19taskforce@montrose-env.com.

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