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Ferndale Department of Public Works

521. E Cambourne Ferndale MI 48220

(248) 546-2519

COVID-19 Field Operations Plan

The contractor is required to provide the Department of Public Works a copy of their written COVID-19 Field Operations Plan which incorporates the best practices listed in this document for both the workplace and field operations. These practices are intended to allow essential operations to continue, while mitigating the spread of COVID-19 to the best extent possible. If the contractor has not yet drafted such a plan, the Contractor may instead sign this form indicating that they will adhere to these practices. A signed form must be on file for any work to commence within the City Limits, and on the City’s behalf.


If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact the DPW at 248-546-2525 ex. 602.

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COVID-19 Field Operations Plan – Minimum Standards:


Personal Responsibilities

  • An individual MUST NOT report to work while they are experiencing illness symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Individuals should seek medical attention if they develop any of these symptoms.


Practice Social Distancing

  • Do not gather in larger groups. It is recommended to avoid gatherings of 10+ people. Conduct meetings online or through conference calls whenever possible.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance between people.
  • Limit the amount of people on the jobsite.
  • Do not shake hands or greetings that involve contact with another.
  • When employees are not able to maintain a 6-foot distance on the jobsite, require employees to where a mask.
  • Require employees to where a mask when interacting with the public.


Office and Jobsite Practices

  • Communicate with all staff on CDC and Oakland County Health Department recommendations related to COVID-19 and post signage where appropriate.  
  • Display information in common areas that encourages staff to remain at home if they are sick and utilize practices that prevent the spread of illness.
  • Contractors shall screen all employees on a daily basis before the start of the their shift per the guidelines set forth by the Oakland County Health Department with the following questions:
    • Does the employee have a fever, chills, sore throat, dry cough, difficulty  breathing, or digestive symptoms such as diarrhea,  vomiting, and abdominal pain?
    • Has the employee traveled internationally/outside of Michigan within the last 14 days?
    • Has the employee had close contact with a confirmed/probable COVID-19 case?
    • If the individual answers NO to all questions, they have passed the screening and can begin working.
    • If the individual answers YES to any screening questions, or refuses to answer, they failed the screening and should be kept away from others and sent home.
  • Instruct all employees to wash their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
    • If it is not possible to wash hands, instruct employees to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol as an alternative.
  • Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the workplace or on the jobsite. Place hand sanitizers in multiple locations, if possible. Make sure that supplies are maintained.
  • Provide masks to all employees to wear while out in the field or on the jobsite.
  • Do not congregate in common areas.
  • Do not share tools as much as possible.
  • Do not share personal protective equipment (PPE) unless it has been properly sanitized.
  • Sanitize all reusable PPE based on manufacturer’s recommendations prior to use.
  • Utilize disposal gloves, hand towels, and encourage employees to wash their hands after removing gloves.
  • Disinfect all reusable supplies, vehicles, and equipment after use.
  • Instruct all staff to dispose of gloves, masks, and trash in appropriate containers.
  • Sanitize common surfaces, such as doorknobs, countertops, computers, and other surfaces.
  • Advise workers to change clothes prior to arriving home or entering their home and wash clothes with detergent.
  • Make attempts to coordinate with all trades to reduce multiple trades working simultaneously to decrease congestion and crowding.
  •  Request additional sanitization of portable toilets.


Managing Sick Employees

  • Encourage all sick employees to remain at home. Any employee displaying symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home. Employees that display symptoms or have a fever should remain at home for 72 hours after becoming symptom or fever free without the use of symptom altering medication. Employees should notify their supervisor and remain at home if they are sick.
  • It is recommended to send employees home that display symptoms upon arrival to work.

Work with your company’s Human Resource Department or personnel on managing sick time related to COVID-19. 

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