De Pietro Holdings LLC’s COVID-19 Workplace Protocols for Employee, Tenant and Visitor Safety
While the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, De Pietro Holdings LLC is committed to supporting the safe reopening of businesses and public spaces for the safety of our employees, tenants, and visitors.
Per the office worksite protocols from the County of Los Angeles’ Department of Public Health (City of Los Angeles and City of Pasadena), the following measures are in place to ensure our properties meet government guidelines.
Workplace policies and practices to protect employee health:
- Everyone who can carry out their work duties from home has been directed to do so.
- Vulnerable staff (those above age 65, those who are pregnant, and those with chronic health conditions) are assigned work that can be done from home whenever possible, and should discuss any concerns with their healthcare provider or occupational health services to make appropriate decisions on returning to the workplace.
- Work processes are reconfigured to the extent possible to increase opportunities for employees to work from home.
- All employees have been told not to come to work if sick, or if they are exposed to a person who has COVID-19.
- Upon being informed that one or more employees test positive for, or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (case), the employer has a plan or protocol in place to have the case(s) isolate themselves at home and require the immediate self-quarantine of all employees that had a workplace exposure to the case(s). The employer’s plan should consider a protocol for all quarantined employees to have access to or be tested for COVID-19 in order to determine whether there have been additional workplace exposures, which may require additional COVID- 19 control measures.
- Symptom checks are conducted before employees may enter the workspace. Checks must include a check-in concerning cough, shortness of breath or fever and any other symptoms the employee may be experiencing. These checks can be done remotely or in person upon the employees’ arrival. A temperature check should be done at the worksite if feasible.
- In the event that 5 or more cases are identified within the workplace within a span of 14 days the employer should report this outbreak to the Department of Public Health at (888) 397-3993 or (213) 240-7821.
- All employees who have contact with the public or other employees during their shift (s) are offered, at no cost, a cloth face covering. The covering is to be worn by the employee at all times during the workday when in contact or likely to come into contact with others. Employees need not wear a cloth face covering when the employee is alone in a private office or a walled cubicle.
- Employees are instructed to wash their face coverings daily.
- All employees, vendors and delivery personnel have been provided instructions regarding maintaining physical distancing and the use face coverings when around others.
- Restrooms and other common areas are disinfected weekdays.
- Disinfectant and related supplies are available to employees in the supply room.
- Soap and water are available to all employees in the restrooms.
- Employees are allowed frequent breaks to wash their hands.
- Each worker is assigned their own tools, equipment and defined workspace whenever possible. Sharing of workspaces and held items is minimized or eliminated. Where items must be shared, they are disinfected between shifts or uses, whichever is more frequent, including the following: shared office equipment such as copiers, fax machines, printers, telephones, keyboards, staplers, surfaces in reception areas, shared work stations, etc. with a cleaner appropriate for the surface.
- Where required, copies of these measures have been distributed to all employees.
Measures to ensure physical distancing:
- Employees have been instructed to maintain at least six feet distance from customers, guests and from each other; employees may momentarily come closer when necessary to accept payment, deliver goods or services, or as otherwise necessary.
- Where applicable, elevator capacity is limited to the number of people that can be accommodated while maintaining a 6-foot physical distance between riders; during peak building entry and exit times, this number can be adjusted to 4 individuals or fewer at a time for any elevator that does not allow for 6-foot physical distance between riders. All riders are required to wear cloth face coverings. Consider elevator sizes, number of building floors, and daily number of employees and visitors to establish physical distancing guidelines appropriate for elevator riders.
- Employees have been instructed to discontinue handshakes or other forms of greeting that break physical distance.
- Nonessential travel is discontinued.
Measures to ensure infection control:
- The HVAC system is in good, working order; to the maximum extent possible, ventilation has been increased. Consider installing portable high-efficiency air cleaners, upgrading the building’s air – filters to the highest efficiency possible, and making other modifications to increase the quantity of outside air and ventilation in offices and other spaces.
- To the extent possible, doors, trash cans, etc. are contactless.
- Disinfectant and related supplies are available to all employees at the supply room.
- Visitors are instructed that they must wear cloth face coverings during their visit. This applies to all adults and to children over the age of 2. Only individuals with chronic respiratory conditions or other medical conditions that make use of a mask hazardous are exempted from this requirement.
- Visitors arriving at the worksite with children must ensure that their children stay next to a parent, avoid touching any other person or any item that does not belong to them, and are masked if age permits.
- Restrooms, and other common areas are being disinfected weekdays.
- Building infrastructure that supports bike commuting is open and capacity for bike storage increased if possible.
Measures that communicate to the public:
- Where required, a copy of these measures has been posted at all public entrances to the facility.
- Signage has been posted to provide clear guidance to the public about how to maintain safety within the facility (e.g., maintaining physical distance, wear face covering, etc.).
- Signage is posted at each public entrance of the facility to inform all employees and visitors that they should: Avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever.
- Online outlets of the workplace (website, social media, etc.) provide clear information about hours, required use of face coverings, policies in regard to making appointments, and other relevant issues.
For more information, please contact Althea De Pietro at (323) 257-4253.
Date of last revision: August 4, 2020