Continued Operations Plan

Updated: March 10, 2022

WAC’s safety plan is complementary to guidance from the Center for Disease Control, NYS Department of Health, OSHA, NYC and the policies of our WAP partners. This plan was determined based on the requirements of WAC while ensuring employee safety remains our highest priority. We are working to make sure all staff and visitors are safe and comfortable  at the office and in the field. If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to discuss with our Director of Operations, Amy Faulkner or our Executive Director, Ryan Naatz.

During this phase of WAC’s Continued Operations Safety Plan:

  • WAC will continue to ensure the workplaces are as safe as possible; employee safety is the highest priority.
  • Employees are no longer required to wear a face covering while at work, except: When interacting with members of the public in an indoor setting; and for 10 days after infection with COVID-19 upon returning to work.
  • All staff are required to show proof of vaccination or weekly COVID-19 tests. Staff must either provide one-time verification (CDC Vaccination Card, NYS Excelsior Pass or NYC COVID SAFE) that they are fully vaccinated OR provide a weekly record of a negative PCR test as evidence that they are in compliance with the mandate.
  • All staff must are encouraged to continue social distancing practices.
  • Pre-scheduled in-person meetings may continue and visitors will be permitted at WAC offices. Visitors will be expected to comply with all WAC’s COVID requirements. All visitors must sign in and out of offices, affirm they are not experiencing any COVID symptoms prior to entry, wear masks at all times and practice physical distancing.

The safety plan will be continuously re-evaluated and updated as relevant guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and New York State becomes available. Employees are required to follow all local, state, federal and WAC requirements. By directive from the Executive Director, the specifics of this plan may change at any time in order to remain consistent with the guidance of health officials and to keep employees safe.

All field work is permitted for Agriculture, Forestry, Easements, Economic Viability and East of Hudson at this time. All work must be done in accordance with all safety guidelines and practices outlined in this guidance.

Pre-Arrival Screening:

If you are not feeling well, you should not be at work.

All staff and visitors are expected to complete a daily health pre-screening and should complete the following questions every day before coming into a WAC office.

  1. Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition?
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Recent loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If the answer to the above questions is ‘Yes’ they should notify their supervisor and WAC’s Director of Operations and stay home. Employees should stay home if they are sick.

Employees should also answer the following questions regarding COVID exposure as part of their daily pre-screening.

  1. Have you been in close physical contact with anyone who is known to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or anyone who has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19?
  2. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days, or are you waiting for results of a COVID-19 test?
  3. Has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

If the answer to any of the screening questions is ‘Yes’ they should notify their supervisor and WAC’s Director of Operations for instructions about close contact protocols for quarantining and testing.