We have posted a list of safety precautions that we recommend all HVAC contractors implement into business operations during this difficult time.

You can also find a guide for workplace preparation from OSHSA in the documents tab.

Employers must post the Families First Response Act Poster in Workplace according to the Department of Labor.  Click Here 

 

Please feel to contact Jennifer Barta at j.barta@taccagh.org with any suggestions or questions.   Thank you for your support! 

HVAC Contractors are deemed Essential Services by Homeland Security for the State of Texas / Harris County will continue to provide their services to clients for their protection and comfort.  They can also provide clients with information on UV lights, Air Scrubbers and HEPA filters to assist during these unfortunate events by providing solutions. 

However, we do feel that there are some safety measures that can be taken to  ensure the  spread of the illness is mitigated. We encourage HVAC owners to put in place Protective Protocols to not only prevent the spread of the illness, but to protect their employees and their businesses. 

We recommend the following Protective Protocols:

  •  Require your schedulers / dispatchers to start asking clients when they dispatch the call if anyone in the home is in quarantine?   Make sure this info is passed onto the technician. 

  • Employers, consider pre-payment to the office to prevent technicians from having to collect payment. 

  • Have your technicians ask clients before entering homes if anyone in the home is ill.

  • Make gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and disposable coveralls available to your techs so that in the case someone is ill or is in quarantine, that they can take the proper steps in order to protect themselves and others. 

  • When your technicians get fuel, make sure they wear gloves.  Wipe down steering wheel with disinfectant wipes. You can make disinfectant wipes with bleach water, coffee filters, and put them in empty coffee containers. 

  • Keep Social Distancing of 6 ft from any occupants in the home.

  • Have technicians use alcohol swabs to wipe down thermostats before and after service.

  • Remind employee’s to wash their hands often & especially after house calls or maintenance.

  • Have technicians disinfect their tools and vehicles each day when returning to the office.

  • Take advantage of suppliers offering delivery, drive-thru services, or carry out to limit exposure. Put on gloves when opening supplies! Coronavirus can live on objects for 3 or more days.  

  • Keep records!  In the event that one of your employees contracts the virus, authorities will more than likely want a timeline of where they have been.

  • If employee’s are sick, have them stay home!

  • Be mindful of the high risk individuals: 

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

Revised 3/25/20

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