From The Desk of Training Director Heather Bawgus
Brothers/Sisters, we are providing information that hopefully you will find useful in keeping you and your families, both at home and at work, safe.
SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) *SARS = severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
INCUBATION PERIOD (time between exposure and the onset of symptoms)
*COVID-19 incubation period range is 1 - 14 days (mitigate exposure by Social Distancing and the wearing of mask when possible)
*COVID-19 symptoms may show in 2 - 14 days (most common 5 days)
*While you are most contagious when symptomatic, there is information that COVID-19 can be spread before it causes symptoms and also up to 12 days after recovery. This is why social distancing, washing hands, not touching your face, etc. are important mitigation factors.
*DROPLET (from coughing or sneezing) *AEROSOL (breathing in) *CONTACT *OTHER - Fecal Matter
The most common mode of transmission is person to person contact (when an infected person coughs, sneezes or breathes close to you, droplets may land on your face, making it possible for it to enter your body and lungs). By maintaining social distance and wearing a mask when social distancing is difficult, you are protecting yourself and others from person to person transmission.
While touching a contaminated surface is also a mode of transmission, it is not believed to be the main mode of transmission. Wearing gloves, keeping your hands (gloved or not) away from your face and regular hand washing will mitigate this mode of transmission significantly.
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH
- SORE THROAT
- RUNNY/STUFFY NOSE
- BODY ACHES
- PINK EYE
- LOSS OF TASTE/SMELL
Medical attention should be sought immediately for the following:
- Difficulty Breathing or Shortness of Breath, Persistent Pain or Pressure in the Chest, New Confusion, or Bluish Lips/Face.
Ultimately YOU have a responsibility to keep yourself safe.
WE ARE RECOMMENDING ALL LOCAL 25 MEMBERS ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES WHEN ON A JOBSITE:
- Do not congregate in enclosed areas (any place which does not allow you to maintain 6ft. of separation, such as shacks/containers, galleys, lever room, etc.)
- Wash or sanitize hands before entering any of the above mentioned areas (if not wearing gloves or taking off gloves) so as not to contaminate the area or yourself.
- Whether your employer is requiring it or not, we are recommending our Local 25 members to wear some kind of mask, at work and out in public, ESPECIALLY in situations where the social distancing 6ft. rule is difficult (crew boat runs, lifts requiring 2 people, connecting pipe, etc.) This recommendation has been made by the CDC and U.S. Surgeon General. The wearing of a mask can help mitigate your chances of spreading the virus before you are showing symptoms. If everyone you work around follows this recommendation, the spread of the virus between coworkers can be greatly reduced. We attempted to obtain the needed supplies to send to all jobsites for our members to have their own reusable mask. Unfortunately, the shipping times are making it impossible for us to get them you in a timely manner. We are continuing to work on a possible solution. Thankfully, it is easy to make a mask out of material you already have, including a sock, tshirt or pillow case. We will post links to instructions for making a mask below. Any reusable mask MUST be washed between wears.
- Group meetings (pre-shift, JSA/JHA/AHA, etc.) should be held where a MINIMUM of 6 feet can be kept between each individual. Please be aware of your employer's current company policies regarding COVID-19. The social distancing protocols for these types of meetings should be outlined in any policy they create, as these are mandates from the federal and state governments. You absolutely have a right to speak up if your employer is not following their policy in these situations.
- ANYTHING you touch with a bare hand can be a catalyst for you or someone else to get or transfer COVID-19. Before and after touching surfaces with your bare hand, you should wash your hands. You should have on gloves in most situations on a jobsite, which is helpful. Please understand that the outside of your gloves can be contaminated with the virus, so be sure to keep your hands away from your face.
- If staying in a hotel room, take your own precautions to ensure your room is disinfected properly.
- Stay home if you are sick
- Be prepared for closures - schools, daycares, worksites, etc.
CLICK BELOW FOR CDC INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE NO SEW MASK WITH TSHIRTS AND BANDANAS:
WE ARE RECOMMENDING ALL LOCAL 25 MEMBERS FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES ON AND OFF JOBSITES TO KEEP THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES SAFE:
- Wash your hands frequently (20 seconds)
- Use alcohol - based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (don’t forget cellphones & keys, etc.)
Click here for Mariner's Health during COVID-19 flyer
FOLLOWING THE ABOVE GUIDELINES WILL CREATE LOW RISK WORK ENVIRONMENTS AND WILL GREATLY REDUCE THE CHANCES OF CONTRACTING CONVID-19.