Beacon Group Continues to Support Health and Safety in All Operations
Over the past six months, Beacon Group has slowly resumed services always with the continued focus on the utmost health and safety of the people with disabilities we serve and our staff. With this in mind, Beacon Group has already welcomed back many of the people we serve while resuming operations and strictly adhering to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Know we are prioritizing health and safety for the people we serve who want to work and all staff who can continue to support Beacon’s essential mission. For those who want to come back in-person to work, Beacon is here for you to safely do so now and in the future.
Beacon has already taken many of the long-term necessary steps to safely operate and continue to provide greater employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the current public health environment. While this has posed new challenges, we welcome the opportunity to assure both the people we serve and staff that we can rise to this challenge.
Beacon strictly adheres to all CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) guidelines with mandatory mask requirements (covering the mouth and nose) for all staff, clients and visitors with hand sanitization stations around every corner. We have instituted mandatory PPE requirements, like wearing gloves, for all shared equipment. Social distancing has remained a top priority for Beacon Group inside and outside of our facilities. With the dedication and diligence of our excellent staff, we adhere to the 6-feet of distance rule in all work environments, when possible. Many meetings have transitioned to virtual platforms like Microsoft Teams. For transportation in Beacon vehicles, social distancing is implemented with each row limited to a maximum of two people and the middle seat empty in all rows.
Beacon strongly encourages handwashing with soap and water multiple times per day. Additionally, anyone entering Beacon facilities has their temperature taken with an infrared forehead thermometer and must confirm to facility greeters that they, as well as anyone they have been around in the past 14 days, are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness. People with symptoms or exposure are required to return home immediately. Anyone who is sick must get a doctor’s release to return to work.
Beacon is fortunate to have a high-quality commercial custodial service program with trained staff and people with disabilities that clean approximately 4 million square feet of commercial and government building space each day. This allows Beacon to have an internal, round-the-clock custodial staff available to disinfect workspaces, vehicles, bathrooms, and high-touch surfaces multiple times per day with industrial-grade disinfectant.
In continuing efforts to be a community leader in public health practice, Beacon has worked closely with local health departments, especially Pima County, to institute a voluntary bi-weekly COVID-19 testing program in Phoenix and Tucson with a rigorous contact tracing program available to all who work at Beacon. Through this partnership, Beacon Group has delivered approximately 1,449 COVID-19 tests to date. Many of these new public health protocols are above and beyond other public health-focused businesses, non-profits, and government organizations.
Beacon has taken on the responsibility of setting a strong example for safety and health awareness. If the year 2020 has proven anything, it’s that organizations must adapt to a new normal. When faced with adversity, we must all look to create an opportunity to better ourselves and the organization for the greater good.