Portable Sanitation Association International

Association Insight June 10, 2020

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ASSOCIATIONINSIGHT Portable Sanitation Association International News BIWEEKLY EDITION JUNE 10, 2020 Page 7 Continued on page 8 Implications for Portable Sanitation in New CDC Guidance for Construction Workers By Karleen Kos, PSAI Executive Director On May 19, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidance for construction workers. The document focuses on how workers and their employers can protect themselves and slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The contents have implications for portable sanitation providers. The number of COVID-19 cases is still growing, although more slowly than earlier this year. Experts predict another large spike of cases in the fall of 2020 and winter of 2021. This new CDC guidance, therefore, is expected to be relevant for construction sites for at least the next six to nine months and possibly longer. There is no indication that a return to pre-COVID-19 conditions will be allowed, even if a preventative vaccine is introduced. Consequently, portable sanitation companies should familiarize themselves with the guidance and be prepared to counsel customers based on its requirements. The guidance offers the following ideas, among others, to construction workers and their leaders. Guidance Implications for Portable Sanitation Companies Limit close contact with others by maintaining a distance of at least six feet, when possible. Your service technicians will need to observe social distancing on job sites. It is also advisable for them to wear at least a KN- 95 mask and/or face shield when providing service on job sites for their own protection. These should be left on if they are interacting within six feet of customers. Wear cloth face masks when social distancing is not possible, but do NOT substitute them if higher grade masks are needed for protection on the job site as personal protective equipment (PPE). Construction workers may be wearing face coverings when interacting with your service technician. Provide communications training for your workers to help them learn ways of being effective on job sites when they cannot see the expression on others' faces and when others cannot see their expression either. Portable toilets should be cleaned and disinfected periodically through the shift, as well as at the beginning and end of every shift Talk with customers about the need for frequent disinfection of toilets and products that are effective against COVID-19 according to CDC and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Be sure to document: 1. that you had this discussion and made the customer aware; 2. how often you will be providing service—ideally not less than twice a week; 3. what was decided about who would do the cleaning between services; 4. who would provide the cleaning products; and 5. how the cleaning would be documented.

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