COVID-19 Construction Considerations
These shutdowns were the first hurdle to overcome to proceed with construction. Because Guardian focuses solely on hospital pharmacies, cleanrooms and labs, the state governments endorsed our full-time operation as long as CDC and state safety guidelines were followed. We then lobbied the state governments for the ability to extend our exemption to our installers and manufacturers. Once these exemptions were granted, construction was able to proceed.
The next obstacle was how to keep our crews safe during the installation phase. Traditionally this requires large numbers of people to be onsite, working near each other. Several steps were taken to reduce the risk of exposure. To start, a screening procedure was put together with help from the hospital: taking workers temperatures, asking them about symptoms, and keeping a log of all personnel on-site. Further, limits were set on the number of people allowed in a room at a time. The use of PPE was required, and extra supplies were provided. Handwashing and sanitizing stations were set up throughout. Safety and strict adherence to these established guidelines were paramount.
This pandemic has been extremely trying. Challenges present themselves from new angles every day. As the pandemic continues, taking the time to enact these protocols will help your projects run smoothly and, most importantly, keep your workers safe.