Heritage Restoration, Inc.

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)- Working in the New Normal

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a lot of concern and confusion. While each of us at Heritage are feeling personal fears and concerns, we are collectively committed to best practices in keeping our staff and the public we serve healthy and safe. Social distancing and cleaning methods seem to be changing hourly, but we have developed a plan towards continue to work in our shop and in the field.

Shop

We have anywhere from about 5-12 staff in our shop each day. Our shop typically has about only 6 visitors a week, so we can control the environment and our habits. We recently moved from 6,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet back in November of 2019, so we have plenty of space between machines and people. We love what we do, but we also love our families and do not want to endanger anyone. We are only reacting to the science and the authorities, and do not wish to inappropriately expose anyone unnecessarily, but we remain committed to doing great work, for good people, on awesome buildings.

Shop Rules

  • Follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and hygiene
  • Each exit has hand sanitizer to use when entering
  • Keep 6′ away, basically to keep spit off each other
  • 3- 6′ lunch tables, 2 people on each
  • Clean a common surface or tools when you are done
  • Use your own tools! Common tools have disinfectant spray to use immediately
  • EVERYONE gets paid if they get sick
  • Door latches have been made inactive, push to open and for pull use a bronze chain (about 2 hour Corona life) or use a towel to pull open

Field Rules

  • Worker and Public Safety
    • Follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and hygiene
    • Dust Control is a part of what we do, so there are common practices to keep workers and homeowners safe
    • Good hygiene means you clean you hands and face after working with lead and other contaminants. Now, it means after we touch a common surface.
    • Controlling dust means we keep everyone safe from airborne particles, being a wet scrape or use of a HEPA vacuum
    • All projects shall have less than 10 people on one site, although confined rooms will be assessed individually
  • Defining Work Areas
    • Exterior work will be considered a contained area
    • Containment used to mean keeping lead dust separate, but now containment is about keeping people separate.
    • Separate bathroom and cleaning facility
    • Separate entrance into the work area
    • Every attempt to keep workers 6′ apart. If not, they MUST wear masks if they must work next to each other
    • Cleaning on our way out
  • Common Areas
    • Follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and hygiene
    • Cleaned using proper cleaning methods AS OFTEN AS THEY ARE USED

Updates as of 3/17/20

According to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

  • Several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces
  • 3 hours in aerosols
  • 4 hours on copper
  • 24 hours on cardboard
  • Up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel

Precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

The NIH scientists, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Montana facility at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, compared how the environment affects SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV-1, which causes SARS. SARS-CoV-1, like its successor now circulating across the globe, emerged from China and infected more than 8,000 people in 2002 and 2003. SARS-CoV-1 was eradicated by intensive contact tracing and case isolation measures and no cases have been detected since 2004. SARS-CoV-1 is the human coronavirus most closely related to SARS-CoV-2. In the stability study the two viruses behaved similarly, which unfortunately fails to explain why COVID-19 has become a much larger outbreak.