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Landscape Companies OK to Work

Sunday, March 22, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lori Jenssen
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COVID-19 Update: Landscape Businesses CAN work
The New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association received word this morning from the New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture that, as of today, March 22, 2020, landscaping may continue in New Jersey provided they follow the social distancing requirements laid out in Executive Order 107.
We were also told that, if that was to change at any point, we would be advised. It is our recommendation that you print this email and keep it with your crews that are outside working.NJNLA isproviding clarification, but any decision to continue operating is at the discretion of the business owner.Please make your business decision based on what is best for your employee's, customer's and supplier's health.
Any additional clarification will be updated and communicated as soon as possible.Please review the safety suggestions that the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association recently posted (below).
Best Management Practices
from Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association
If you choose to continue to provide services, please follow these BMP’s (Best Management Practices) along with any other procedures you have put in place:
  • Contact and get permission from clients to be serviced- preferably in a documented format such as email or other time/date stamped electronic communication
  • Implement daily all-hands communications within company to inform, educate and reinforce Standard Operating Procedures, BMPs and possible next steps
  • Relax attendance policies to allow any employee who is uncomfortable working to stay home and use PTO or apply for Unemployment
  • Train crew personnel to be able to respond to questions from the public in a professional manner
  • Enforce cleaning and sanitation protocols for all common spaces including trucks and equipment
  • Stagger crew start times to minimize congregation at office/shop locations
  • Limit crews to ONE person per truck and have all other crew personnel drive directly to jobsite
  • Assign one truck to one crew and do not rotate
  • Minimize use of shared equipment and tools
  • Wear gloves as much as possible removing only to eat or drink
  • If you must work in close proximity to another for a short period of time (i.e. lifting a tree ball into a hole) wear a face mask
  • Be prepared to shutdown at any moment
OSHA's Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
"Stop the Spread of Germs" Poster by the Center for Disease Control
"Detenga La Propagación De Los Microbios" Poster by the Center for Disease Control (Spanish)

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