Pacific Wildlife Care Volunteers
Please read this important safety notification. Your signature is required, see below.
It is the goal of Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) during any period of contagious disease outbreak to operate effectively and ensure that all essential services are continuously provided and that employees and volunteers are safe within the workplace. We need all the volunteers and staff we have to get us through this busy time, so following these protocols will allow us to continue to do that. We continue to review CDC and local county websites daily to ensure we are following the guidance of local authorities. We encourage you to do the same.
If you are NOT sick (meaning without any respiratory symptoms or fever) and are scheduled to work/volunteer, we welcome you but proactive steps are to be taken to protect the workplace and each other by following the precautions outlined below.
- Check your body temperature for any reading above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Before entering the building, wear a face covering over your nose and mouth. This is to be worn at all times. Please wash or disinfect between uses.
- Immediately wash or disinfect your hands upon entering the building. Given that novel coronavirus can spread through touch, the CDC is currently advising to wash your hands well and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. And, when soap and water aren’t available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is a good alternative.
- Gloves should be worn throughout your shift. Wash gloved hands between patients/enclosures.
- Use a paper towel or an individual hand towel from the shelves throughout your shift. Discard in the trash or laundry room at the end of your shift.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or handkerchief. If this is not possible, then your elbow can be used for coughs and sneezes, with immediate hand washing or sanitizing of hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. This includes a frequent wipe down of table and desk surfaces, phones, keyboard, etc.
- Ensure that you provide a safe, well-distanced space from other staff and volunteers at all times of at least 6 feet.
- If a break is needed from wearing a face covering, please ensure you are far enough outside the clinic to not inhibit movement in or out and to maintain acceptable physical distancing.
Each employee and volunteer have a responsibility to prevent the spread of disease to others when they are aware, or suspect they are infected with a contagious disease. Awareness is:
- If you are experiencing any signs of COVID symptoms (coughing, sneezing, fever, muscle/joint aches, overall ill feeling (malaise), shortness of breath).
- Known exposure to someone who is known or suspected to have been infected with COVID whether or not you are experiencing clinical symptoms.
- Testing positive for COVID-19.
In each of these cases, do not come in. If you begin to experience symptoms following your shift, consult with your medical provider, and notify your Shift Supervisor immediately to let them know so the appropriate action may be taken, including sanitizing the workplace and notifying others who may have been exposed while working closely with the individual. You may also be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor health during that time before returning only after 24 hours of being symptom free or as recommended by CDC.
Visit ReadySLO.org for the latest public health updates and recommendations or call the COVID-19 Phone Assistance Center at (805) 543-2444.
If you are still uncomfortable even with these safety precautions, then please do not come in. It is okay! Just notify your Shift Supervisor!!
By filling out the form below, you acknowledge that you have read and understand this required notification.
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