As shelter in place orders begin to be lifted, our enterprise division, RSRF, is starting to resume public safety and cellular DAS deployments.
Our priority initially is serving the communication needs of critical customers like hospitals, power plants, and other essential utilities.
As we began the process of resuming work, we realized we needed entirely new safety protocols for our RF Engineers, Construction Managers, and our contractor partners.
We're sharing our new protocol as "open source" in the hopes that it helps other DAS integrators and IT professionals get back to work safely.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shut down businesses across the country, and caused tens of thousands of deaths. As an installer of telecommunications equipment, RSRF is considered an “essential” business in most states.
In the first months of the outbreak, we’ve avoided all project sites to ensure the safety of our team. However, as shelter at home restrictions begin to be lifted, we will begin returning to work. As we do, it’s critical that both full-time employees and our contractor partners take precautions when traveling and on job sites.
Traveling and working on projects during this time is optional. If you have concerns about a specific project or would prefer not to be involved in a project, reach out to your project manager to let them know. Contractors and employees may opt-out of any project during this time if they feel uncomfortable with the project itself or the necessary travel.
This document describes RSRF’s Coronovirus Safety Protocol. By reading and signing this agreement you or your company are agreeing to follow all guidance provided in this document.
Here’s a brief overview of what we know about COVID-19, and why it’s such a serious health and safety issue:
Even though many cases are mild or asymptomatic, each additional infection results in greater community spread. By being careful, we can protect both our loved ones, and help reduce the spread of the disease in society at large.
All full-time employees and contractors who are leaving their home, whether to visit a job site or one of our offices, should have the following safety equipment:
This equipment will be furnished to full-time employees by RSRF. It is the responsibility of contractors to ensure that they have the aforementioned safety equipment. Contractors who are unsure of where to obtain PPE should reach out to the RSRF team for guidance on where to purchase.
Any full-time employees who are running low on any of the PPE equipment listed should reach out to RSRF's Safety Officer to have more stock sent to them well in advance of their next project visit.
GVS Elipse P100 reusable half-face respirator
Before you leave for each project, review the questions below with your project manager and the client. These questions help us as a team to evaluate the risks associated with visiting the job site.
Is the answer to any of the above "yes" for you, one of our team members, or one of our contractors? If so, work with your project manager so that you or your contractor’s role in that project can be replaced, and travel arrangements canceled.
If the question to any of the above is true for other people on the job site – for example, if one of the client's employees has been diagnosed with, or shows signs of, COVID-19 – the project should be delayed until we can be sure there is no chance of exposure.
In general: we should wait at least 14 days since the last exposed person was at the project site, except in hospitals and other medical environments where precautions are being taken to control exposure to the virus.
Public transit is when you are at the very highest risk of catching of COVID-19. Where possible, we should avoid shared transit. For example, if we can reach a project site by driving instead of taking a flight or a train, we should almost always drive.
However, if it's absolutely necessary travel by plane, train, bus, or any other public or shared transit, the following protocol should be followed:
I have read the above Waveform/RSRF COVID-19 Safety Protocol in full, including any links, and agree to follow these guidelines for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Have more questions or feedback about our COVID-19 Safety Protocol. We're eager to hear from you. Please leave a comment or reach out to us.