Offering a free COVID-19: Action Plan for the Workplace course!
The outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) presents new challenges in the workplace as employers strive to keep businesses running and support the health and well-being of their workforce. A business’s response to the COVID-19 crisis needs to address business operations and employee concerns.
Additional operator training class precautions
March 24th ~ Leavitt Training remains open for business in a reduced capacity, ensuring that those clients of ours who are essential to our supply chains continue to have access to a quality training provider. This will allow us to meeting our customers demands pertaining to training alternate or new staff members to maintain their critical operations as they struggle with staffing challenges under rapidly changing conditions. We feel that it is important that we continue to provide resources to these vital organizations within our communities.
We understand the seriousness of this pandemic and are committed to continually taking increased safety measures to ensure the health and safety or our clients and staff, as we see similar measures being taken worldwide, in a cooperative effort to slow the global spread of COVID-19. We would like to make you aware of the following upcoming changes in the coming week:
In addition to the measures outlined on March 16th, as of Wednesday, March 25 wherever an online training resource exists, our open registration equipment training classes will be presented in a mandatory online format for the theory portion of training and clients will complete their practical training in individual 1 hour appointments. Trainees will be asked to meet the instructor at the front yard or however best the branch manager decides that the traffic can be safely directed to the training area without entry to the building. Access to washroom facilities with not be provided to these clients.
- This will allow us to ensure 6ft or more of social distance at all times as recommended by the public health authorities while also allowing for a full disinfectant of equipment controls between operators.
- This will also assist us in limiting public access to our indoor facilities for the protection of our employees who remain working at the branches.
Clients will be automatically emailed a course code to complete their pre-study course work from the comfort of their own home or office from any internet capable device and a Leavitt Training representative will call and email details of the specific timeslot for practical assessment training.
Clients will not have the option to choose their own appointment time due to the challenging logistics of making this sudden change. At this time appointments will be issued in the order the registrations were received during the original course window of 8:00am-4:00pm for a maximum of 7 appointments per instructor per day.
For the limited classes that cannot be facilitated in this manner, we will be limiting class sizes by 50% or more to allow for 6ft of social distancing and our guests will be required to fill in a COVID-19 Visitor Questionnaire prior to entering our facility.
- Each day prior to a course taking place we will have a Leavitt Training representative contacting the customers with a questionnaire in the morning and following up before the end of day to ensure they are collected. If this self-declaration is not received prior to the end of business day, the client will be required to have a signed copy with them to display prior to gaining entry to our facility on the day of the course.
- Those who do not comply will be asked to reschedule at no charge for a later date when they feel more comfortable with signing off on the form.
We believe that it is important at this critical time to continue to support the workforce that is providing the essential services that we all depend on. Ongoing we will continue to adapt our business practices as needed to maintain service to our customers during this challenging time for all.
March 16th Update
~ With increased awareness on how COVID-19 virus has impacted communities around the world, over the last few weeks we at Leavitt Machinery have taken a series of precautionary steps in response to this developing public health impact, including increased cleaning and sanitizing procedures for our facilities.
Rest assured that Leavitt Machinery has a comprehensive set of guidelines and policies in place governing how we monitor and react to health concerns within our community. The health and safety of all Leavitt Machinery staff, students, and guests is our number one priority.
In direct response to the need to be diligent against this virus Leavitt Training is undertaking the following measures:
- No students who show any visible indication of illness will be admitted entry. Those that appear ill will be asked to go home and can reschedule when they are well with no cancellation fee.
- We have implemented a strict no contact hand etiquette protocol, no handshakes will be offered by staff and an extra wide amount of personal space will be respected.
- We are temporarily suspending coffee service and students will be restricted from gathering in employee designated lunchrooms. We encourage students to leave the facility for lunch and longer lunch breaks will be accommodated to allow for this as needed.
- Extra effort in disinfecting desks, washrooms and hard surfaces after each class is being made.
- We are outfitting our facilities with ample handwashing and hand sanitizing stations. Students will be reminded at the start of class to wash their hands regularly and will be instructed of the location of these amenities.
- Training equipment will be thoroughly disinfected after each class session, and where plausible disinfectant wipes will be provided for students to wipe down equipment before they take their specific hands on equipment test. We also strongly recommend that clients bring gloves to operate equipment as an addition PPE measure.
- Finally, we will be reducing class sizes by 30% to minimize the number of students in each class and also provide more space between the operators in the classroom. We will be actively working to schedule our courses accordingly to ensure all customers are accommodated.
As noted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which means to become infected, people generally must be within six feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
The best advice is still frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water, ensuring that any coughing is done into sleeves at the elbow or into a tissue that is immediately disposed of and avoiding touching your face.
Although we will still have PPE loaner gear available, students are very strongly recommended to bring their own gear including high-vis vest, eye protection, hard hat and gloves. Those using loaner eye protection will be asked to wash and dry the gear both before and after using it.
Leavitt Training is industry leading when it comes to holding classes with an exceptionally low group size to allow for a small student to instructor ratio, in spite of this we do understand that there may be those individuals that require safety training but who want to limit their classroom contact with the public. We recommend that these individuals contact us to learn more about online blended training options where theory training can be completed in the comfort of their own office or home from any internet capable device. Following this a brief hands-on equipment practical can be scheduled at a Leavitt Machinery or Lift Depot location in a reduced contact or private 1:1 scenario.
We are prepared to navigate these challenging circumstances with everyone’s safety in mind. As our customer base is dependent on our product to ensure safe compliance for equipment operation in the workplace we currently plan to remain open for business with a full class schedule to fulfill industry needs. We will remain vigilant to any recommendations made by the health authorities and will adjust and adapt as required.