COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. There is still much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other characteristics of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.
- Initial studies are showing there are three steps to contracting COVID-19:
- Coughing, talking, and breathing creates virus-carrying droplets of various sizes
- Enough virus must make itself over to you or build up around you over time to trigger an infection
- The virus must make its way into your respiratory tract and use the ACE-2 receptors there to enter cells & replicate
- Infection is most commonly spread through close-up, person to person interactions for extended periods; crowded events, poorly ventilated areas, and places where people are talking loudly
Historically centertec has worked to mitigate the spread of illness or disease by sanitizing any equipment that is exposed to skin contact between customers. We support the phased approach based on current levels of transmission and healthcare capacity both at the state and local level.
During the time we were closed, we conducted a thorough hazard assessment of the workplace to identify potential hazards related to COVID-19; including:
- Engineering controls
- Workplace administrative policies
- Determining what type of controls or PPE are needed for specific job duties
- Trained employees on their correct usage
We have responded in a way that considers the level of disease transmission in our community; and, revised our business response plan, which is:
- Specific to our workplace
- Identifies all areas and job tasks with potential exposures to COVID-19
- Includes control measures to eliminate or reduce such exposures
- Additionally, planned changes have been discussed with our employees, and have been adapted based on their input
Going forward centertec will:
- Require anyone over the age of 2 to wear a mask, per Governor Wolf’s mandate
- Conduct daily health checks for employees (will be completed privately in a way that helps maintain physical distancing guidelines)
- Require employees to wear cloth face coverings in the workplace since the hazard assessment has determined that they do not require PPE such as a respirator or medical facemask for protection
- Enforce policies that practice physical distancing
- Inform employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Follow the Public Health Recommendations for Community-Related Exposure and instruct potentially exposed employees to stay home for 14 days, and self-monitor for symptoms
- Prohibiting hugs, handshakes, and fist-bumps (absolutely encourage air fives!)
- Limiting the number of people allowed to gather within the store:
- To this note, we encourage to NOT bring a large group of spectators with you
- Additionally, we currently are only allowing Standard Parties, to avoid gatherings of no more than 12 people
- Conducting contract tracing to enhance everyone’s safety
- Have a hands-free bathroom system (excluding the door to lock, but hand sanitizer has been placed outside the rest room)
- Have the store physically divided into sections to promote physical distancing
- Maintain twice the number of hand sanitizing stations throughout the store
- Have increased signage reminding of safety policies
- Limit our summerTEC STEM Club registrations to no more than 9 students at any time
- Clean all removable pieces between use with UV-C light and continue to follow CDC cleaning and disinfection recommendations by using products that meet EPA criteria for use against SARS-COV-2, appropriate per surface
Our operation decisions are based on both the level of disease transmission in the community and our readiness to protect the safety and health of not only our customers, but also our employees.
We continue to view the following responsibility as our utmost importance:
Provide a safe, healthy, and fun environment for customers and staff alike.
We look forward to seeing you soon!