While making cities safe has been the mission of the Optimum Seismic team since 1984, health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 situation have become very important to the clients and communities Optimum Seismic serves.
In response, the Optimum Seismic team acted swiftly to comply with new health and safety requirements issued by the City of Los Angeles and other jurisdictions:
- Morning health checks are made before employees go out to job sites.
- Construction employees carry a letter identifying them as “essential workers” under California guidelines
- Social distancing is practiced by maintaining a 6-foot distance from others.
- Large gatherings are precluded
- Workers and visitors wear face coverings over their noses and mouths.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided as appropriate.
- An on-site COVID-19 supervisor at each site enforces health and safety requirements
- “High-risk areas” where workers are forced to stand together, such as hallways, hoists and elevators, are controlled so social distancing is maintained
- Interactions are minimized when picking up or delivering equipment or materials.
- Work by trades is staggered to reduce density and maintain social distancing.
- Workers are discouraged from using others’ phones, desks, offices, work tools and equipment.
- Required hygienic practices are posted including not touching face with unwashed hands or with gloves; properly washing hands with soap and water; use of hand sanitizer; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; covering coughs and sneezes; and other recommendations by the Center for Disease Control.
- Wash stations or hand sanitizers are placed in multiple locations to encourage hygiene.
- Employees are required to stay home if they are sick, except to get medical care
- Supervisors are informed if an employee’s family member is sick at home with COVID-19.
- Washing of hands at least every 30 minutes is encouraged
- Clean and sanitary restrooms are stocked with necessary cleansing products like soap and sanitizer.
- A daily attendance log is maintained of all workers and visitors.
A strong emphasis on safety has long been evident in the Optimum Seismic team’s work. Operating under the Construction Code of Safety, frequent training is provided in general safety guidelines, accident prevention, and proper use of equipment, tools, machinery and vehicles. More than 40 safety guidelines are used to protect employees, clients and the public.
Optimum Seismic’s commitment to safety begins with its top management team and extends throughout the entire organization as its crews construct improvements to make buildings earthquake resilient.
The company performs structural engineering design and constructs earthquake retrofits on soft-story apartment and oommercial buildings throughout California. Custom engineering design solutions are drawn for each project to ensure the building owner’s individual needs are met in the most cost-effective manner.
These actions help to protect owners’ buildings and investments from the destructive impacts of major earthquakes.
By adapting to changing conditions and following these safety guidelines, Optimum Seismic is clearly showing its commitment to keeping clients and employees safe.