ITD asks employees to use
masks and social distancing
to enhance safety

To help prevent the spread of the covid-19 virus, the Idaho Transportation Department asks employees to use masks to cover their faces and social distancing. The best guidance on this is from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

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The CDC has recommended the use of face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. ITD has made masks available to all employees. Workers should speak with their supervisor or supply personnel for information on how coverings can be obtained.

Face coverings should be worn whenever people are in a community setting, and especially anytime social distancing cannot be maintained, such as:

- When riding in vehicles together.
- When in close proximity to others indoors, working or otherwise.
- When in close proximity to others outdoors, working or otherwise.

Face coverings must be washed before initial use and then every day after use.

It is important that employees understand that the use of face coverings does not protect individuals from contracting COVID-19, but rather helps prevent possible transmission to others. It is also important to note that social distancing should still be maintained, where possible, regardless of whether face coverings are utilized.

Pictured above: ITD Human Resources Administrator Brenda Williams asks employees to wear a face covering when working with your co-workers. "It shows you care and respect your co-workers, their families, and the health care workers in your communities," she said.

If employees see fellow colleagues not wearing face coverings, please gently remind them to put theirs on – the life you protect may be your own.

"When working alone or out in the field, where social distancing is possible, face covers are probably not necessary. But when riding in vehicles or working close together the covers are there to reduce the chance of infecting each other," ITD Safety Manager Randy Danner said. "We hope employees will choose to wear the face covers just because it is the right thing to do."

Published 04-17-20