Skilled Trades

How Skilled Trades Have Changed Due to COVID-19

Skilled TradesJanuary 08, 2021

To stay safe and socially distanced during the pandemic, All-State Career students transitioned to online instruction via a virtual classroom platform through much of 2020. Beyond doing much of their coursework remotely during the pandemic, students will face changes to procedures in the work place brought about by COVID-19 creating a “new normal” once students graduate and enter the workforce. The need for social distancing, in particular, has meant that some normal practices need to be modified to keep employees and homeowners safe.

  1. Personal Protective Equipment
    Technicians often wear booties to protect a homeowner’s flooring, but COVID-19 has introduced the addition of several other layers of personal protective equipment (PPE). Technicians should wear disposable masks, gloves, and protective glasses which can help control the spread of airborne virus particles. Disposable PPE items used throughout the day should be contained in a plastic bag and put in the company's trash daily to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  2. Clean Surfaces with Disinfectant
    The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting surfaces with a bleach- or alcohol-based solution. Technicians are expected to disinfect surfaces before they start their work when possible, especially if the item is exposed or involves air filtration. At the beginning and end of each shift, technicians should clean and disinfect tools, equipment, machines, and vehicles, and if possible, avoid tool sharing. 
  3. Maintain Social Distancing
    Technicians need to keep six feet of space between themselves and the customer at all times. Social distancing should include coworkers, as well. It is advisable to limit the number of employees who travel to a job or share a vehicle. If a job site requires more than one person, it is suggested that a divider is used inside the van if separate transportation is not possible.
  4. Frequent Hand Washing
    Finally, technicians need to practice frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. They should wash their hands after coughing or sneezing, using the restroom, touching surfaces, removing PPE, or touching items handled by coworkers, such as tools and equipment. Technicians should also wash or sanitize their hands before entering a customer’s home and then again upon leaving.

In most locations, these procedures have been in place for many months, but diligence is our friend, remember that keeping each other safe is the best customer service you can provide. If you enjoy being out in the field and working with your hands, a job in the skilled trades might be a good fit for you. All-State Career can help. Click here for more information or call us today at (855) 834-4580 and speak to one of our career counselors.