This safety program provides information for ACP Facility Services, Inc. employees and personnel about the evolving coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The information serves as interim guidance and provides other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus—now officially named COVID-19.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in confirmed human infections in China and a growing number of other countries, including the United States. Infected patients have also spread the virus to healthcare workers.
For the COVID-19 virus to spread, it relies heavily on sustained human-to-human transmission. Without sustained human-to-human transmission, most American workers are not at significant risk of infection. Exposure risk may be elevated for some workers who interact with potentially infected travelers from abroad, including those involved in:
- Airline operations
- Border protection
- Solid waste and wastewater management
- Travel to areas, including parts of China, where the virus is spreading
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a broad family of viruses names after the crown-like spikes on their surface. They typically cause mild to moderate upper respiratory tract disease in humans but can also cause more severe infections such as pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections.
There are some coronaviruses that can be transmitted from animals to people. COVID-19 is believed to be zoonotic (meaning animal to human transmission); where the source of the spread initiated. So far, the people infected have has pneumonia, but otherwise mild symptoms with only a lower percentage of deaths that other coronavirus infections, with 10-20% of those infected requiring hospitalization for more severe forms of the disease. The purpose of this safety program is to provide a combined resource for the background, hazard recognition components, medical information, applicable standards, control and prevention for COVID-19 particularly as
they pertain to the scope of work for ACP Facility Services, Inc. employees and clients alike.