What Happens when a Delivery Unit has a Positive COVID-19 Employee?
"Postal Workers Say USPS Isn’t Telling Them When Colleagues Test Positive for COVID-19, Despite Promising To"
"And a letter carrier in New Orleans who tested positive said his supervisor didn’t ask whom he had been in contact with until five days after the worker had raised it. An employee who had been in close contact with him said he didn’t receive any notification from management." Article
"Additionally, the Postal Service will tell you, without identifying the individual by name, if an employee in your workplace is confirmed to have COVID-19 so you may conduct a risk assessment." March 30 USPS Mandatory Stand-Up Talk to Employees
"For the most current information, sites should always consult the CDC influenza resources for business and coronavirus disease. The CDC recommends routine cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace." USPS Maintenance Cleaning Order
April 1,CDC "Cleaning and disinfecting your building or facility if someone is sick:
1. Close off areas used by the sick person. 2. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area. 3. Wait 24 hours before you clean or disinfect. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible. 4. Clean and disinfect all areas used by the sick person, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards..." April 1-CDC Disinfecting a Building or Facility
April 22, USPS "Decision Tree"
(Still NO language to notify other employees in a unit that there was a POSITIVE COVID-19 co-worker!)
"Will the USPS temporarily close, and deep clean, the appropriate distribution and processing centers as well as carrier cars in the event a USPS employee tests positive for COVID-19?" March 25, Letter from U.S. Senators to USPS
"When an employee in a facility tests positive, a full facility cleaning is conducted by our maintenance staff, per CDC guidance. This cleaning generally does not require us to close the facility as maintenance staff can clean the facility section-by-section and in conjunction with our operations." USPS April 2 Response Letter
"If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The employer should instruct fellow employees about how to proceed based on the CDC". Under Separate sick employees: CDC Website
Cleaning and disinfecting your building or facility if someone is sick
Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
Companies do not necessarily need to close operations, if they can close off affected areas.
Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
Wait 24 hours before you clean or disinfect. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines.
Once area has been appropriately disinfected, it can be opened for use.
Workers without close contact with the person who is sick can return to work immediately after disinfection.
If more than 7 days since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.
Continue routing cleaning and disinfection. This includes everyday practices that businesses and communities normally use to maintain a healthy environment.
"During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has suggested increasing the volume of outside fresh air in facilities. This will provide cleaner, fresher air to workspaces......Dock doors can be opened to allow fresh air to be drawn in while carriers are inside the building and then closed when they leave." April 16, USPS Maintenance Update
"Engineering controls involve isolating employees from work-related hazards. In workplaces where they are appropriate, these types of controls reduce exposure to hazards without relying on worker behavior and can be the most cost-effective solution to implement. Engineering controls for SARS-CoV-2 include:
■ Installing high-efficiency air filters.
■ Increasing ventilation rates in the work environment." OSHA 3990 Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 Full Booklet