Essential Websites, Links for Contractors During COVID-19 Crisis
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Information contractors can trust is critical in managing business operations safely and efficiently in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. ServiceTitan has compiled links for authoritative and useful information for the trades below. If you have a suggestion for a link to be added to this list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
» From HVAC News: Tips for HVAC companies to thrive during Coronavirus outbreak — a list of methods for those in the HVAC industry to weather the crisis.
» From EGIA: Their new Navigating Turbulent Times webinar series focuses on adapting to the ongoing crisis and challenges in business. The hub for that series, updated weekly with new virtual trainings and live “Ask the Experts” session recordings can be accessed here. The virtual training is for EGIA members, but the weekly Ask the Experts webinar each Wednesday morning is free.
» State by State action on Coronavirus — at a glance. (NCSL)
CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers Key takeaway: Bookmark this one. Official strategies, guidelines and important preparation for your business and your employees with regard to coronavirus.
OSHA guidance for US workers and employers Key takeaway: How to protect worker exposure to COVID-19 — including use of personal protective equipment, decontamination best practices, worker training and general guidance.
Coronavirus guidance for plumbers (IAPMO) Key takeaway: Common sense still reigns supreme. Plumbers are advised to increase the frequency of hand washing and wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (even longer hand washing time is good practice after contact with wastewater); avoid touching of the face; cover any open cuts or wounds and wear proper PPE. If you personally come into close proximity, or into direct contact with an infected person, immediately report the incident to your supervisor and to your doctor or healthcare provider.
Coronavirus prompts response in HVAC industry (ACHR News) Key takeaway: For concerned clients, the priority will be keeping their employees, their facilities, and their families safe. Contractors should be aware of what the available technologies are and represent them in an honest and transparent way while noting that disease prevention cannot be solved by HVAC alone.
ASHRE’s guidance on coronavirus preparedness Key takeaway: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers has developed proactive guidance to help address COVID-19 concerns with respect to the operation and maintenance of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems.
Forbes: How to prepare your supply chain for disruption Key takeaway: Next steps? Build an action team. Deploy supplier development teams to map the location of first, second and third-tier suppliers. Make contact and offer help. Prepare plans for alternate sourcing.
Harvard Business Review: What are your legal obligations regarding coronavirus? Key takeaway: Many leaders are specifically wondering about their legal risk. Not having adequate communicable-illness policies and response plans could expose them to a laundry list of HR-related legal concerns.
CNBC: When working from home isn’t an option, how to keep workers safe Key takeaway: David Barron, a Houston-based labor and employment attorney at Cozen O’Connor, says companies may also need to be more flexible in how they administer their existing paid time off policies.
CNBC: How to protect your small business in the midst of coronavirus outbreak Key takeaway: One of the most important things you can do is communicate with your employees. Many are likely concerned about their health and how they can continue working as more things get shut down.
KEY RESOURCES FROM GOOGLE:
» Google Small Business Hub Help for small businesses to navigate through uncertainty. Includes resources for: communicating with customers, communicating with employees, working remotely, and modifying advertising (if necessary).
Reminder on recognizing the symptoms of Coronavirus:
Difficulty breathing (severe cases)
And here’s a handy checklist from the New York Times on what to do to prepare yourself and to stay safe and healthy.
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