Up-to-date COVID-19 links and information can be found on the FWRI Sharepoint, COVID-19 page. FWRI also reminds all staff to adhere to the following guidelines:
- Drive separate vehicles (including boats, buggies, UTV’s, etc.) to, from and during field activities. For those activities where being in a separate vehicle is not feasible, participation in the activity may be pre-approved by the supervisor of each staff person involved. If more than one person is traveling in a vehicle, everyone must wear a CDC approved facial covering and social distancing measures should be implemented if possible.
- Thoroughly disinfect frequently touched areas of vehicles before and after use, including but not limited to door handles (interior and exterior), car keys and fobs, gear shift, steering wheel, vehicle books, climate/audio/lighting controls, and other areas as necessary. Refer to the CDC and EPA registered disinfectants for more information regarding use and limitations on cleaning and disinfecting agents. We recognize that cleaning and disinfecting agents are in short supply as of now, but Facilities has some available and availability will likely improve in the near future. If you do not have access to disinfecting supplies, then consider postponing or cancelling that field work.
- Not share any safety equipment or equipment that is difficult to sanitize (PFDs, gloves, earmuffs, etc.)
- Follow all CDC guidelines on social distancing including the maximum size of gatherings.
- Wear an approved facial covering during any interaction with others when appropriate social distancing cannot be met. This includes, but is not limited to resource inspections, site visits, and other meetings.
- Make sure you are wearing gloves or some disposable protection, such as an old bread bag, when refueling your vehicle.
These are minimum precautions and do not prohibit employees from taking additional safety precautions when interacting with the public or other employees. If you have any questions concerning these procedures, please contact your supervisor and Dillon Day, FWRI Safety Manager.