The majority of our employees are still currently working from home (WFH) and only essential personnel are reporting to the various offices.
Upon returning to work we will stagger work schedules to minimize the number of employees in a space at one time while keeping a percentage of staff working remotely and rotating staff bi-weekly. This plan will more than satisfy existing social distancing guidelines and occupancy will be well less than 50% of the legal occupancy limit at any given point in time.
LEROS TRANSPORTATION GROUP COMMITMENT TO CLEANLINESS
Leros Transportation Group recently begun the process of the formation of the Leros Safety and Cleanliness Council. The council will consist of our executive team with decades of chauffeured ground transportation experience along with outside experts in hygiene and infection prevention. The goal is to continue to be leaders and develop new cleanliness standards for the chauffeured ground transportation industry. The new standards will be designed to minimize risk and enhance safety for all of our clients and employees.
Leros Transportation Group has one of the largest vetted affiliate networks in the industry providing, Ground Transportation in over 770 Cities Worldwide.
Leros Transportation Group has begun communicating these required levels of service to our partners when servicing our clients. We are rolling out a multi-pronged platform to elevate our cleanliness standards and transportation service norms and behaviors to meet the new health and safety challenges presented by the current pandemic environment. This platform will enhance the well-established cleaning processes and training that are already in place and expected of our affiliates. We will be implementing an amendment to our affiliate SLA to continue to ensure that the highest level of standards are met.
Provide all employees with acceptable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required by law and at no-cost to the employee and have an adequate supply of PPE in case of replacement. Continue to increase our PPE supply weekly while making additional vendor contacts to ensure we have enough supplies to deal with any increase in exposure or demand. We currently have enough supplies to last two months. Face coverings will be cleaned or replaced after use or when damaged or soiled, may not be shared, and should be properly stored or discarded. Ensure all employees comply with protective equipment mandates.
EMPLOYEE PROTOCOLS – PHYSICAL DISTANCING
SCREENING / DOCUMENTING / REPORTING
Employees are being screened by one or more of the following methods currently or in the near future:
All employees reporting to work will be screened for respiratory symptoms and have their body temperature taken as a precautionary measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19 before entering the buildings. Each employee will be screened utilizing one or more methods.
An employee who has a fever at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or who is experiencing coughing or shortness of breath will be sent home or should not report to work. The employee should monitor his or her symptoms and call a doctor or use telemedicine.
The employee’s temperature and answers to respiratory symptom questions will be documented, and the record will be maintained as a private medical record
An employee sent home can return to work when:
An employee may return to work earlier if a doctor confirms the cause of an employee’s fever or other symptoms is not COVID-19 and releases the employee to return to work in writing.
An employee who experiences fever and/or respiratory symptoms while home should not report to work. Instead, the employee should contact his or her immediate supervisor for further direction.
Implemented a mandatory health screening assessment (e.g. questionnaire, temperature check) before employees begin work each day and for essential visitors, asking about
Assessment responses must be reviewed every day and such review must be documented. Currently developing a digital company self-assessment for COVID- 19 symptoms that reports directly to the employee’s immediate supervisor through existing company technology.
In addition, all employees have been supplied a link to the COVID-19 self- assessment tool based on information from the CDC guidelines and Mayo Clinic expert opinion.
CONTACT TRACING NOTIFICATION
If an employee tests positive for COVID-19 we will immediately notify state and local health departments and initiate our own contact tracing plan and notification while cooperating with state contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts, such as workers, clients or visitors who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations. We have implemented a continuous log of every person, including workers, visitors and clients who may have close contact with other individuals at one of our offices or in our vehicles.
If an employee is exposed to COVID-19 they will be asked to consult with their primary physician and arrange next steps while working from home and must comply with company policies prior to returning to work.
If an employee tests positive the employee must work from home (if applicable) and cannot return to work until they are cleared by a physician.
CONFIRMED CASE ACTION PLAN
We have developed a plan for cleaning and disinfection in the case of an employee testing positive for COVID-19.
This plan outlines how we will clean the applicable contaminated areas and with what products we will need and how we will acquire more if we run low on supplies.
CHAUFFEUR INTERACTION & CLIENTS IN-CAR EXPERIENCE
Leros Transportation Group has always had the reputation and maintained industry leading levels of sanitizing our fleet. Rest assured Leros Transportation Group is continuing to work to adopt the latest guidance on cleaning and disinfecting while continuing to set the highest standards for our industry.
We are following all recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards pertaining to For-Hire vehicles in addition to our own safety council recommendations for additional safety.
We are always using the highest classification of disinfectants recommended by the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to treat known pathogens. We have installed safety partitions between chauffeur and passenger compartments where possible.
VEHICLE CLEANING PROCEDURE
Our disinfectant is found on the EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS- CoV-2 (List N), the virus that causes COVID-19. This product is an antimicrobial disinfectant that remediates bacterial and pathogenic contamination leaving no harmful chemical residuals.
Antimicrobial Surface Protectant that sets up an active biostatic shield of positively charged ions that kill mold, virus and bacteria on contact.
One or more of the following methods of sanitization are being used for our vehicles:
Electrostatic sprayers that allow for touchless disinfecting capabilities. The magnetically charged droplets produced by the electrostatic sprayers seek out and coat hard to reach areas and surfaces typically missed in standard cleaning processes.
ULV COLD FOGGER:
ULV cold fogger the C150 is ideal for applying disinfectants with its fully adjustable droplet size between 5 -50 microns.
BOTTLE SPRAYER AND WIPES
SHUTTLE BOARDING PROCEDURES (REVERSE PYRAMID):
The following boarding pattern is being suggested for everyone’s safety. The reverse pyramid boarding pattern in the attached social distancing chart (combines back-to-front with outside-in). If vehicle is unoccupied, riders are instructed to proceed to the rear of the vehicle to occupy the last set of seats first. The other riders then follow accordingly; if a rider has a condition that prevents them from sitting in the rear, they can inform the chauffeur or dispatch. The procedure for this will be to allow all other riders to board and then the person(s) who need to be seated in the front will do so at the end of the queue. We have posted signs/markings requesting passengers to sit six feet from other passengers and the chauffeur.
FACILITIES PROTOCOL: PHYSICAL STRUCTURAL
VEHICLE RECOVERY PROTOCOL
If we are notified of a positive COVID-19 case by a passenger or chauffeur, we will immediately begin the notification the tracing process according to the CDC recommendations.
We will identify any and all vehicles the passenger or chauffeur may have been in and remove them from operations for a period of 48 hours.
Everything in the vehicle/s will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected including sanitizing the air. The final step prior to being returned to operations is to apply the antimicrobial surface protectant throughout the vehicle/s.
At this point in time the Leros Safety and Cleanliness Council has decided against the use of ultraviolet light in the “C” range, also known as UVC. The big challenge with using UV-C light is being sure your UV lamp provides a large enough dose of UVC light to all the surfaces you need to disinfect and that you are not exposed to the UVC light, as it is dangerous. UVC works fastest and most reliably on non-porous surfaces, but it may be easier and faster, as well as safer, to clean such surfaces with liquid disinfectants.
The decision to utilize a soft plastic in our safety divider versus a hard plastic one was an easy one. The CDC recommends a divider for for-hire vehicles and a hard plastic one doesn’t cover as well. A hard plastic divider can be dangerous in an accident while potentially prohibiting the proper deployment of side airbags.
Leros Point to Point and the Leros Safety and Cleanliness Council is committed to monitoring the latest guidance from the CDC, WHO, EPA and OSHA while updating our protocols, and developing appropriate guidelines for chauffeured ground transportation. This will include everything from training on safety and cleaning, sanitation, disinfecting and social distancing protocols to providing appropriate personal protective equipment.
Our goal is to allow our clients to have a peace of mind knowing the vehicle has been clean, disinfected and sanitized according to the highest standards.
Learn more in our COVID-19 Health and Safety video: