Dear Valued Employee,
Over the past several weeks, VNSFS WHL has worked closely with DOE and the other Hanford contractors to ensure the health and safety of our workforce and to carefully plan for the resumption of Hanford Site operations. Many factors have been used during the planning process to develop a phased approach for remobilization of the workforce.
Current conditions and guidelines now allow for the transition to Phase 1A of our remobilization strategy. Phase 1A includes the continuation of our established essential activities and includes the steps to necessary to ensure the workplace and operations will be able to support the well-being of our employees while continuing our important Hanford mission.
The leadership team, with the support of a limited number of subject matter experts from our Safety and Technical Operations Departments, will conduct the following low-risk activities that include safety briefings and a comprehensive site readiness evaluations: safety walk downs for both administrative and laboratory spaces, confirmation of social distancing measures, chemical and material management, room owner checks, and radiological material inspections. Dates have not been established for consecutive phases and will be introduced as conditions allow. Employees will receive further information from their managers.
DOE’s first phase of remobilization focuses on high-priority and low-risk work such as construction, training, medical evaluations, and maintenance. Most employees who are currently teleworking will continue to do so. Those who return to their regular work locations should be mindful of the restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As part of the Hanford remobilization plan, all workers will be required to wear face coverings while working at the Hanford Site. Certain exceptions to the face coverings requirement include when an individual is alone and during breaks in a social distancing setting. Along with wearing face coverings, all employees will be asked to monitor themselves each day prior to leaving for work. If employees have any of the following COVID 19 related symptoms, they should inform their supervisors, not report to work and contact their personal physicians: a temperature of 100.4o F / 38o C or greater, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, or chills.
Thank you for your dedication to ensuring your health and safety and for your continued support of the Hanford mission.
For Hanford Site information visit:
The Washington State Department of Health has established a novel coronavirus call center: 1-800-525-0127 and press #
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