COVID-19 Response

Rev. March 16, 2020

 

Dear Valued Team Member,

We are providing this bulletin to inform you of the actions we are taking as a company in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As situations continue to evolve, we will continue to communicate changes and expectations to you.

Your health and safety are paramount as it always has been. Even more so now with the impact of this pandemic and the speed that it is spreading across our world. We support our governmental guidelines and will monitor all guidance. 

The following are steps we must all take effective immediately:

• Please continue to stay informed by reviewing CDC.gov or local notices, and please update our core staff of any communication shared by our clients and vendors.

• We must keep our offices and field sites clean and our staff healthy. Keeping your hands cleaned throughout the day, staying at least 6 feet from others, and staying home if you are sick are key steps we must adhere to.

• Report all illnesses timely and avoid people who are sneezing and coughing when you can.

• Our office staff will take extra steps to clean our office, in addition to what our night crew does, such as cleaning door handles, phones and other items at least every 4 hours.

• Please refrain from large group meetings, travel, attending functions like luncheons and movies, or anything that will put into a room with over 10 people. Please elevate your use of conference calls and Microsoft Teams video conferencing. This includes all employees bringing your lunch to work to avoid going to group lunches.

• Social distancing must be our new norm, including no handshaking.

• Business continuity plans that identify essential and non-essential employees in the event of a mandated employee self-containment are being considered.

• All employees have been notified to bring laptops home daily in case working from home is needed if they become ill, or if work from home protocols are implemented.

• Accent Compliance Corporate Office is currently not accepting any new applications in person, or any solicitation from outside parties. Please use alternative means of communication for meetings or scheduled events.

We value all you do for our clients and our community, and we must do all we can to be effective during these difficult times, which includes being transparent with our actions and the proactive steps we are taking daily.

Jackie Padgett

CEO

COVID-19 Response

Rev. March 21, 2020

 

Dear Valued Client,

Accent Compliance’s (Accent) top priority is the safety and well-being of our employees, our clients and communities. In response to the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID- 19), we’ve put in place a range of proactive measures to both reduce the spread of the virus and to ensure business continuity for our business partners. Accent’s Human Resource Department is guiding our ongoing response to the dynamic situation based on the latest advice from key health authorities.

Our inward-focused efforts cover critical risk-mitigation practices, travel and meeting policies, and business continuity planning. We want you to be confidently assured that we will continue to provide you with the support that you’re accustomed to, even in these challenging times and request the below guidelines to be followed to mitigate exposure.

• Individuals who have traveled to a foreign country are required to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to entrance to any Accent jobsite or interaction with anyone providing services to an Accent jobsite.

• Avoid in-person meetings to adhere to CDC guidelines to the extent practical. Utilization of online platforms such as Skype, Microsoft Teams, etc. is strongly encouraged where applicable.

• n the event an individual test positive for COVID- 19, they are to avoid all contact with others until a medical doctor has given written confirmation that they are no longer contagious.

• In the event an individual has been near anyone who has tested positive for COVID- 19 are required to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to entrance to any Accent jobsite or interaction with anyone providing services to Accent.

• Written notification is required if anyone who has tested positive for COVID- 19 that has been at any Accent jobsite location or had any in-person interaction with anyone actively on a jobsite within 14 days prior to the start of their symptoms.

• Individuals who are ill, with fever, cough and congestion are required to be tested for COVID- 19 as soon as practical and are not to enter any Accent jobsite or interact with anyone on an active jobsite until the test result can be confirmed negative or for 14 days following the start of their symptoms.

• Use the EPA suggested cleaning products with at least 60% alcohol (Clorox Multi Surface Cleaner + Bleach, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Spray, Lysol brand Heavy-Duty Cleaner Disinfectant Concentrate, Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist, Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes, and Sani-Prime Germicidal Spray) to wipe down commonly used surfaces, including:

   o Communal areas

   o Shared tool

   o Bathroom facilities

   o Trailers

   o Frequently utilized (doorknobs, light switches, laptops, tablets, phones,  headsets, etc)

Accent will continue reviewing CDC updates, constantly engaging with our partners on contingency planning, and sharing best practices with the communities we serve. We believe that together we are much stronger and more capable of dealing with the threat this virus represents.

Jackie Padgett

CEO

COVID-19 Response

Rev. September 1, 2021

Dear Valued Team Member,

In accordance with Accent Compliance (Accent) duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are committed to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors and the community at large from infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, that may be reduced by vaccinations.

Accent leadership feels that vaccination is the key element in a multi-layered approach to protect our employees against symptomatic and severe COVID-19 illness and death. All eligible employees should get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can. All employees who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask at all times and at any given time will be subject to COVID-19 testing.

This guidance is intended to help Accent Compliance (Accent) employees who are unvaccinated, vaccinated and those that are located in areas of substantial or high community transmission. Appropriate steps should be taken to prevent exposure and infection regardless of vaccination status.

What Accent Compliance Employees Need to Know about COVID-19 Protection

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, spreads [1] mainly among unvaccinated people who are in close contact with one another - particularly indoors and especially in poorly ventilated spaces.

In addition, please continue to stay informed by reviewing CDC.gov or local notices, and please update our core staff of any communication shared by our clients and vendors. Furthermore, if you are fully vaccinated, unvaccinated, or otherwise at risk, you can help protect yourself by following the steps listed below.

 

Unvaccinated Employees

  • Safely continue to wear a face covering if you work closely with other people. Employees are encouraged to choose [2]higher quality masks so that they are providing a greater measure of protection to themselves as well as those around them. The face covering must cover the nose and mouth to contain the wearer's respiratory droplets.  

 

  • Practice good personal hygiene and wash your hands often. Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or the inside of your elbow, when you cough or sneeze, and do not spit.

 

  • Implement physical distancing in all communal work areas for unvaccinated and otherwise at-risk workers. Stay far enough away from other people so that you are not breathing in particles produced by them – generally at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths), although this approach by itself is not a guarantee that you will avoid infection, especially in enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces.

 

  • Perform work tasks, hold meetings, and take breaks outdoors when possible.

 

  • Report all illnesses timely and avoid people who are sneezing and coughing when you can.

 

 

  • Monitor your health daily and be alert for COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, or shortness of breath).

Fully Vaccinated Employees

  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings if in an area of substantial or high transmission.

 

  • Practice good personal hygiene and wash your hands often. Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or the inside of your elbow, when you cough or sneeze, and do not spit.

 

  • Implement physical distancing in all communal work areas for otherwise at-risk workers.

 

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

 

 

 

[1] Although infection occurs mainly among those that are unvaccinated, infections in fully vaccinated people (breakthrough infections) can occur. However, when these infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild, reinforcing those vaccines are an effective and critical tool for bringing the pandemic under control.

[2] High Quality Face Coverings should be made of at least two layers of a tightly woven breathable fabric, such as cotton, and should not have exhalation valves or vents. They should fit snugly over the nose, mouth, and chin with no large gaps on the outside of the face.

Face masks are  

mandatory

Only 1 person at a

time may enter the reception area