AMS’ safety record is no accident: Workforce safety during COVID #3
Posted by AMS / Wednesday, August 19, 2020
In our previous blog we talked about how we accomplished work station distancing on our assembly lines and how we worked with our clients and they worked with us so there would be no loss in efficiency.
When the pandemic was first announced, one of the greatest concerns was contacting the virus through touching a surface. In this week’s blog we’ll cover the steps AMS has taken to sanitize surfaces and help employees clean and sanitize their hands.
Preventing Hand Contact
One of the first steps we took at AMS was to open up more bathroom facilities, and bring in portable “studio” grade bathroom trailers to allow less use of existing locations, and making it easier to keep all locations sanitized. We also placed air purifiers in all bathrooms. Another step we took immediately was to place additional hand washing/sanitizing stations, pumps and wipes in our buildings for convenient and frequent hand hygiene.
AMS hired a 3rd Party cleaning agency to first do a deep cleaning in each building, and then provide 2-3 people onsite at each building each day to provide incremental sanitizing and cleaning services, and we developed a checklist for all high-risk common touch areas that must get sanitized a minimum of 4x per day. Another safety step that we took immediately was to put a hold on returns processing so that packages returning from residences would be held for 72 hours prior to processing.
Throughout this process, from the early months until today, our employees and our clients have been grateful and very cooperative in implementing changes to protect lives. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, AMS had a great safety record of only one lost time injury in two and a half years, and thankfully our safety record during the pandemic has been excellent. With 400+ employees in the organization, we have had very few individual cases, and we are confident that they did not arise from within the workplace.
In our next blog we will talk about social and meeting spaces, shared meals, and working from home.