ATSI has implemented new policies and practices in accordance with state and federal law to continue business amidst the COVID-19 pandemic while preventing the spread of the virus. As a business located and operating in Washington State, ATSI complies with the COVID-19 safety practices as outlined in Governor Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start” phased reopening plan, and in accordance with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) General Requirements and Prevention Ideas for Workplaces and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Workplace and Employer Resources and Recommendations. ATSI’s new policies are based on the currently available information from the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and are subject to change based on further information provided by the CDC, OSHA, and other public officials.
June 5, 2020 - Present
Phase 2 - Office Reopens
The ATSI office (located at 1337 Lincoln Street #2, Bellingham, WA 98229) has opened back up to it’s regular hours of 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday as Whatcom County has been approved for Phase 2 of the “Safe Start” plan. Guests are strongly encouraged to call ahead or set up an appointment before visiting the office and are required to wear a mask when inside the office. Employees have been welcomed to return to the office if they are in full health, but may continue working from home if they do not feel comfortable returning. In compliance with the Phase 2 Professional Services COVID-19 Requirements provided by Governor Inslee, ATSI created an updated Safety Plan for Phase 2 Work. Some of the measures that ATSI has implemented for Phase 2 work include, but are not limited to:
- Rearranging furniture to encourage social distancing with at least 6 feet between individual seats.
- Giving an office COVID-19 Safety Training to all employees on the first day of returning to the office.
- Screening workers and visitors before entering by taking their temperature and asking if they are experiencing any symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Providing cleaning supplies in each area of the office that is frequently visited, and posting specific cleaning protocols for each of these areas. All furniture, equipment, supplies, and surfaces in the office are to be cleaned after use or by the end of the work day. One-time use latex gloves are provided and are required to use when disinfecting any areas.
- Providing hand sanitizer, box of tissues, and trash bin for each employee’s office space.
- Encouraging workers to leave their workstations to wash their hands regularly with hot soap and water, before and after going to the bathroom, before and after eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose.
May 5, 2020 - June 4, 2020
Phase 1 - Existing Construction Projects Resume
As the state moved onto Phase 1 of the “Safe Start” reopening plan, ATSI resumed existing construction projects which do not require workers to be closer than 6 feet together, and in compliance with the “Phase 1 Construction Restart COVID-19 Job Site Requirements” provided by the Governor Inslee. Prior to recommencing work, ATSI developed a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation, and recovery plan (“Safety Plan”) which was reviewed and signed by each employee and posted at each job site. Some of the measures that ATSI implemented for Phase 1 work include, but are not limited to:
- Assigning a supervisor at every job to monitor the health of employees and enforce the job site safety plan.
- Keeping an attendance log of each worker and visitor at each job site.
- Giving a field work COVID-19 Safety Training to all employees on the first day of returning to work.
- Providing proper PPE equipment, including masks, gloves, and eye protection to each employee and requiring social distancing of at least 6 feet apart at all times.
- Providing cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, soap, and water at each job site to ensure proper hygiene and sanitation throughout each work day.
- Requiring all equipment, supplies, and surfaces to be decontaminated after use.
- Requiring workers to stay home or leave the job site when feeling sick or when they had been in close contact with someone who was sick.
March 23, 2020 - May 4, 2020
Stay Home, Stay Healthy
Immediately upon Governor Inslee’s announcement of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation 20-25, ATSI closed its office doors and accommodated all of employees in the transition to fully remote work-from-home. ATSI employees stopped all in person communications with other employees, subcontractors, and clients during this time, and meetings were switched to video chat or phone. Field work during this period could only be conducted by one ATSI employee at a time.
February 29, 2020 - March 23, 2020
State of Emergency in Washington
Governor Inslee declared a State of Emergency exists in all counties in the State of Washington (Proclamation 20-05) due to the high public health threat of COVID-19 as identified by the CDC. ATSI began implementing social distancing practices and frequent cleaning protocols in its office, provided hand sanitizer and tissues to each employee, and encouraged all employees who experienced illness symptoms or were around someone with symptoms to stay home.