TCA COVID-19 Return to work policy


This company policy describes measures we are actively taking to mitigate the spread of coronavirus upon your return to work. Please diligently abide by these rules and procedures. This COVID-19 company policy is subject to changes as additional governmental guidelines develop.

Before you come to work

Self-monitor – Are you suffering from any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 – cough or shortness of breath?  Or at least two of the following symptoms – fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell?

Check your temperature within one hour before arriving at work.

If your temperature is at or above 100.4°F / 38°C or you have any symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, please stay at home, and contact a health professional.

Return to work criteria

Team members diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are suffering from symptoms associated with COVID-19 can return to work when the following criteria are met:

  1. They have had no fever for at least three (3) days without taking medication to reduce fever during that time; AND
  2. There is improvement in their respiratory symptoms (cough and shortness of breath) for three (3) days; AND
  3. At least ten (10) days have passed since their symptoms began.

When you arrive at work


Health Screening

All team members should self-monitor one hour before arriving to work

All Office/administrative staff members and supervisors are required to report to the front office of Plant 1 upon arrival to work to have their screenings completed. HR or a designee will check one team member at a time inside the building in front of the HR desks. No more than one person should be in the lobby at the same time during screenings. All others waiting for their screening please form a line outside in front of the doors and follow social distancing rules as you wait for your turn.

Production team members are required to clock in and report to the screening area each day at the start of their shift. Please do not go to locker rooms, lunchrooms or anywhere else within the plant before having your screening completed.

Protocols for screenings of production team members before the start of shifts.

  1. For shifts 1 & 2, clock in at the plant where you normally work. All 3rd shift team members, please clock in at Plant 1.
  2. Form a line coming up the mezzanine stairs closest to the time clock (keep social distance as marked).
  3. At the top of the stairs, go to the table that is setup and you will have your screening completed.
  4. After your temperature is taken, proceed down the opposite set of stairs to exit the area.
  • Team members with temperatures at or higher than 100.4°F / 38°C will be sent home.
  • Team members with temperatures below 100.4°F / 38°C will be permitted go to their department/line.

While at work

Social Distancing

Team members are always expected to follow social distancing measures which keep at least six feet of space between members.

We have taken the following measures to facilitate effective social distancing.

  • Posted signs throughout the plant to remind members to practice social distancing.
  • Placed tape on the floor, spaced at least 6 feet apart, in areas where people typically congregate.
  • Reduced the number of chairs in meeting/lunch rooms to reflect the maximum allowable number of people and marked locations for seating which uphold the 6 feet rule. Office/administrative staff should take their lunches at their desks if possible, to lessen the number of members in the lunch room.
  • Increased the number of break times to reduce the number of members in the break room.
  • Administrative staff who can work from home will work from home
  • Protective barriers will be placed between desks in administrative areas where the enforcing the 6 feet rule is not workable.
  • Team members are permitted to use the smoking hut but must follow social distancing rules and avoid overcrowding. To accommodate the social distancing requirements, team members are also permitted to smoke inside of their cars. If you choose to smoke inside of your car, please make sure you keep butts in your car and follow social distancing rules by not allowing others in your car during break. Smoking outside of your car and in other non-designated areas remains prohibited. If we see members are throwing butts in the parking lot and yard the smoking hut will be closed and smoking on the premises will not be allowed until further notice.

Face Coverings

All Team Members and visitors are required to wear face-coverings/masks whenever they are within TCA’s facilities. TCA will provide face coverings to team members and visitors if they require them.

Team members are permitted to wear their own face masks provided they have no potentially offensive imprinted graphics or words.

What constitutes potentially offensive graphics or words is wide-ranging. Any member of TCA’s leadership/supervision team reserves the right to require team members to remove facemasks and to replace them with a TCA-issued one. We urge team members to exercise good judgment in their selection of face masks and recommend they choose solid colors or patterns of shapes like circles or squares or dots.

  • Properly worn, face masks must securely cover your nose and mouth.
  • Face masks cannot cover your ears.
  • You should not reverse, move or remove your face covering unnecessarily in the workplace.
  • Do not share their face coverings with others.
  • Keep your face mask clean.
  • Single-use face masks must be properly and safely discarded after each use.

Extra-cleaning measures

Bottles of cleaning solution have been put in each department to allow cleaning of screens, and other equipment as members see fit. Please remember to spray the cleaner on the cloths provided and not directly on the touch screens or buttons themselves.

Additionally, hand sanitizers have been placed at Team Leader stations throughout the plant and in common areas for your use.

TCA will increase the frequency of cleaning bathrooms and lunchrooms.

Good hygiene practices and coughing/sneezing etiquette

Wash your hands after visiting the restrooms, before eating, and if you cough/sneeze into your hands. Follow the 20-second hand-washing rule.

Use hand-sanitizer made available throughout the plant.

Cough/sneeze into your sleeve, preferably into your elbow. If you use a tissue, discard it properly and clean/sanitize your hands immediately.

Avoid touching your face, particularly eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands to prevent from getting infected.

What to do if you start feeling sick at work.

If you experience symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever, sudden coughing, shortness of breath) notify your supervisor immediately.  You will be screened again as you were at the start of your shift.

If it is determined that any member has made false or misleading statements regarding any of their screenings or requests for leave, they will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge.

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