As an essential business, Pacific Coast Fruit Company has remained open throughout this period. While most restaurants, schools, and food service establishments closed, our retail customers relied upon us and other distributors to keep their grocery stores supplied.
Beginning in early March 2020, Pacific Coast Fruit Company took immediate and sustained actions to implement procedures to protect the food supply, our employees, our customers, and the public. As more became known about this crisis our practices evolved, and we continue to monitor and follow the recommendations of the CDC, and our state and local health authorities.
Steps we have taken include:
- Adjusting our sick leave policy to allow employees additional paid time off from work for illness and communicating this change and the changes in available leave under the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Relief Act) to all employees.
- Moving all employees who could work from home out of the office, allowing more social distancing space for those in essential positions who needed to remain.
- Implementing stringent sanitation procedures for all employees and supplying disinfectant, hand washing stations and hand sanitizer throughout the facility.
- Requiring masks or face coverings and other PPE be worn by all employees and anyone entering our facilities.
- Requiring face coverings and gloves be worn by all drivers during deliveries.
- Training employees on proper use and disposal of PPE as well as re-training in safe food handling and GMP procedures.
- Reconfiguring office and work area space throughout all our facilities with screens and other dividers to provide more protection and social distancing, including in common areas such as conference rooms and lunchrooms.
- Setting up procedures to survey and test employees about their health status.
- Setting up stringent reporting and return to work procedures after any employee illness or absence.
- Requiring employees who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have had contact with individuals who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to remain off work (paid time off), pending the results tests or until symptom-free for a minimum of 72 hours, and to complete a health questionnaire, obtain a physician’s release, and complete a screening interview before returning to work.
- Requiring employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 or had contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 to remain quarantined at home for 14 days (paid) and to have a negative test result and a physician’s note to return to work.
- Requiring all employees to complete and sign an acknowledgment of these expectations.
- Notifying employees, customers and any individuals who have had contact with any employee who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- We are currently installing temperature testing and we will begin COVID-19 testing for employees through onsite 3rd party medical personnel.
- We continue to monitor updates from the CDC, industry partners, and local health authorities.
The safety and health of our employees and customers is our highest priority.