Based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Genie offers new procedures for cleaning and disinfecting aerial equipment on jobsites to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while working at height.
This information provides jobsite superintendents and fleet managers with specific precautions to take in order to keep workers and jobsites safe and productive.
“The ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic has caused significant disruptions in the aerial access industry,” says Scott Owyen, Genie director of training, Terex AWP. “For many weeks, aerial jobsites shut down to mitigate the risk of people contracting the virus, as well as to slow the spread from those who already had it. Now, as jobsites are beginning to reopen worldwide, jobsite superintendents and fleet managers need to think about how to best protect workers and prevent the spread of the virus.”
Owyen said that following the CDC’s guidance, Genie can offer recommendations about the most effective way for aerial equipment operators to clean and disinfect machines before, during, and after each use.
According to Owyen, the most important goal of all aerial jobsites should be to provide a safe and productive work environment. In order to do that, Owyen says, aerial equipment operators need to take the following actions when cleaning and disinfecting machines:
Cleaning Machines (1)
We recommend the use of EPA-registered household disinfectants.(2)
Some common EPA-registered disinfectants include:
“The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to it,” says Owyen. “These recommendations will help protect our equipment operators from contact with the virus while working at height, as well as assisting our customers, jobsite superintendents and fleet managers in their efforts to promote safety in the aerial access industry.”
For additional information on safe work at height best practices, visit Genie Aerial Pros education site. For more information on Genie® products and services, visit www.genielift.com.