DO YOUR PART | CLEAN. DISTANCE. PROTECT.
The health and safety of our industry is our utmost priority as we work to fulfill our mission of building safe workplaces. In that light and the recent developments of COVID-19, we are taking additional precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus.
On April 17, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an order to reopen businesses, using a phased approach. General guidelines for specific industry sectors are included in the Governor's order, but each workplace is unique and, now that reopening has begun, employers still harbor many questions on how to implement best practices to ensure the safety of their employees and patrons.
To support our community in looking at what the immediate future holds for our various industries, we will be hosting a seven-part complimentary statewide weekly industry-specific webinar series with an opportunity for live Q&A sessions.
These webinars are a collaboration between the Houston Area Safety Council and the UTHealth School of Public Health. Each webinar will feature a panel of specialists in occupational safety, occupational medicine, risk assessment, and guest panelists who are industry representatives experienced in return to work practices.
Download Webinar Series PDF invitation
ACCESS THE WEBINAR RECORDINGS
Reopen Texas: Return to Work the Right Way - Webinar Series
Reopen Texas: Return to Work the Right Way
11:30 am Central Standard Time (10:30 MDT)
Construction & Manufacturing Industry - June 3
Places of Worship - June 10
Mental Health & Employee Resilience - June 17
Personal Care Establishments - June 24
Other Healthcare Settings - July 1
WHAT HASC IS DOING
We continue to reinforce best practices with our employees and visitors and have taken steps to protect the health of everyone who enters our facilities by:
- Required risk-screening for all entering HASC facilities - Questions are related to health to best protect our members and their employees
- In accordance with Governor Abbott's recent guidance, beginning Monday, April 27th, HASC recommends that all training center visitors and requires all clinic visitors to wear a mask or other face-covering when on our campuses
- All entrants are required to sanitize their hands upon arrival at all HASC facilities
- Social distancing through increased space between each partitioned training station in labs and decreased class sizes to allow for 6 feet of separation between trainees
- All instructor-led and hands-on courses will return to our regular schedule as of Monday, June 1st
- Our NCCER Lab and Library will remain open from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, with a test start time cut-off at 1:00 pm
- Additional hand sanitizing and additional stand-alone hand-washing stations with universal tips and sanitary instructions
- Plexiglass partitions in our eLearning labs and classrooms to provide separation for trainees on our campuses
- Disinfecting training stations, keyboards, and all materials before and after each use, and using disposable pencils and materials in all classrooms
- Suspended all non-essential pulmonary function testing, but will continue to issue respirator clearance letters (MEQs)
- Expanded ability for employee screening through our teleSTAT program to eliminate unnecessary doctor visits
- Global Health now has antibody tests available for employers to order for their employees - Access the request form here
- Increased janitorial services
- Signage throughout our facility with universal precautions
- CLEAN. DISTANCE. PROTECT. handwashing action item and best practice badges for employees and trainees
- Training and updates by our medical providers and instructors
- Staff checkpoint for handwashing and sanitizing prior to entering all facilities, and masks provided to all staff to comply with current CDC recommendations
- Complimentary micro-learning opportunities throughout our Pasadena campus regarding COVID-19 with coach-to-text testing options to reduce time spent in the lab testing
- New pandemic and N95 eLearning courses
Our medical team is continuously monitoring the CDC updates and will advise if circumstances and recommendations change. We will continue to share updates through our website, email, and social media pages.
The Houston Area Safety Council and Global Health services fall under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines for support of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Per CISA, this includes those who support energy, food and agriculture, water and wastewater, transportation and logistics, critical manufacturing, hazardous materials, and chemicals.
Additionally, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner, Adrian Garcia, has stated that HASC is exempt under the stay-at-home order. We will continue to serve our members and our industry as we work to fulfill our mission of building safe workplaces.
HASC | Wellness Update: What we are doing in response to COVID-19
Download HASC COVID-19 Wellness Update - PDF
Workspace Prevention Measures Checklist for Employers
Download HASC COVID-19 Employer Checklist - PDF
COVID-19: What HASC is Doing
HASC | Global Health - COVID-19 - Dr. Tommy Hysler
HASC | Webinar: Industry Impact of COVID-19 with George L. Delclos, MD, MPH, PhD
HASC | Webinar: COVID 19 Industry Impact and Moving Forward
Below are printable PDFs that you can put up in your workplace regarding proper hand-washing and hand sanitizing, along with wellness tips.
HOW TO USE HAND SANITIZER