Feeling sick? Call your doctor. And everyone should...
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cough and sneeze in the crook of your elbow, or a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Exposure Determination Categories for Grosse Pointe Public Library Employees
Category Medium Exposure Risk: All Library employees
The job tasks and procedures of all Library employees may require frequent or close contact (e.g. within 6 feet) with people who may be infected with SARS-CoV-2, but who are not known or suspected COVID-19 patients. Employees in this category may have contact with the general public.
(a) “Close contact” means someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection) until the time the person is isolated.
(b) “COVID-19” means coronavirus disease 2019, a severe acute respiratory disease characterized by symptoms including fever, cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath which may progress to pneumonia, multi-organ failure, and death.
(c) “Known cases of COVID-19” means persons who have been confirmed through diagnostic testing to have COVID-19.
(d) “SARS-CoV-2” means severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, the virus which is the causative agent of COVID-19.
(e) “Suspected cases of COVID-19” means persons who have symptoms of COVID-19 but have not been confirmed through diagnostic testing or persons who have had close contact with a person who has been confirmed through diagnostic testing to have COVID-19.
Plan for COVID-19
Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response
The Grosse Pointe Public Library takes the health and safety of our employees very seriously. With the spread of the coronavirus or “COVID-19,” the Grosse Pointe Public Library must remain vigilant in mitigating the outbreak. In order to be safe and maintain operations, we have developed this COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan to be implemented, to the extent feasible and appropriate, throughout the Grosse Pointe Public Library. The Grosse Pointe Public Library has also identified a team of employees to monitor the related guidance that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“MIOSHA”) continue to make available.
This Plan is based on information available from the CDC, OSHA and MIOSHA at the time of its development and is subject to change based on further information provided by the CDC, OSHA, MIOSHA and other public officials. The Grosse Pointe Public Library may also amend this Plan based on operational needs. As further scientific and medical knowledge regarding COVID-19 is obtained, it is likely that we will need to adapt our procedures.
Responsibilities of Branch Managers
All managers must be familiar with this Plan and be ready to answer questions from employees. Managers must set a good example by following this Plan at all times. This involves practicing good personal hygiene and workplace safety practices to prevent the spread of the virus. Managers and supervisors must encourage this same behavior from all employees.
Responsibilities of Employees
The Grosse Pointe Public Library is asking every one of our employees to help with our prevention efforts while at work. In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at our workplace, everyone must play their part. As set forth below, the Grosse Pointe Public Library has instituted various housekeeping, social distancing, and other best practices. All employees must follow these. In addition, employees are expected to report to Library Administration if they are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, as described below. If you have a specific question about this Plan or COVID-19, please ask your manager. If they cannot answer the question, please contact Darlene Dery or Jessica Keyser.
OSHA and the CDC have provided the following control and preventative guidance for all workers, regardless of exposure risk:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Follow appropriate respiratory etiquette, which includes covering for coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at least 6’ away from other persons, whether or not they are sick, whenever possible.
In addition, employees must familiarize themselves with the symptoms of COVID-19, which include the following:
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing;
- Loss of taste or smell;
- Change in the color your toes;
- Early symptoms such as chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose.
If you develop any of these symptoms, such as cough or shortness of breath, DO NOT GO TO WORK and call Library Administration.
Personal Protective Equipment
The Grosse Pointe Public Library will provide:
- Hand Sanitizer
- The library will have a limited supply of disposable masks
Workplace Cleaning and Disinfecting
The Grosse Pointe Public Library has instituted enhanced housekeeping practices, which include cleaning and disinfecting frequently used tools and equipment, and other elements of the work environment, where possible. Employees should regularly do the same in their assigned work areas.
- Break/lunchroom areas will be cleaned at least once per day.
- Any trash collection must be done frequently
- The Grosse Pointe Public Library will clean/disinfect those areas of the facility that a confirmed-positive individual may have contacted, and it will do so before employees can access that workspace again.
- The Grosse Pointe Public Library will ensure that any disinfection shall be conducted using one of the following:
- Common EPA-registered disinfectant;
- Alcohol solution with at least 60% alcohol;
- Diluted household bleach solutions (if appropriate for the surface).
The Grosse Pointe Public Library will maintain Safety Data Sheets of all disinfectants used on site
Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 must notify Library Administration and will be directed to self-quarantine away from work. Employees that test positive and are symptom-free may return to work when at least five (5) days have passed since the date of his or her first positive test and have not had a fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications).
Except for circumstances in which the Grosse Pointe Public Library is legally required to report workplace occurrences of communicable disease, the confidentiality of all medical conditions will be maintained in accordance with applicable law and to the extent practical under the circumstances. When it is required, the number of persons who will be informed that an unnamed employee has tested positive will be kept to the minimum needed to comply with reporting requirements and to limit the potential for transmission to others. The Grosse Pointe Public Library reserves the right to inform other employees that an unnamed co-worker has been diagnosed with COVID-19 if the other employees might have been exposed to the disease so the employees may take measures to protect their own health. The Grosse Pointe Public Library also reserves the right to inform sub-contractors, vendors/suppliers or visitors that an unnamed employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19 if they might have been exposed to COVID-19 so those individuals may take measures to protect their own health.
Given the fast-developing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Grosse Pointe Public Library may modify this Plan based on unique circumstances or changing guidelines from health or governmental officials. If you have any questions concerning this Plan, please contact Jessica Keyser
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