Vinton Steel, LLC Covid-19 Guidelines



Vinton Steel, LLC asks our employees to remain calmed through these tough and uncertain times.  To minimize the risk of any contagious in our workplace, please follow these COVID-19 guidelines, created using official sources such as the CDC and The City of El Paso Public Health Department.


We, at Vinton Steel, LLC are certain that together we can, and we will surpass these difficult and unprecedented times.



April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Vinton Steel Employee Guideline.

Updated frequently with the most recent information available, provided by the CDC and The
City of El Paso Public Health Department.

Covid-19 Infomation

Common seasonal flu symptoms, such as high to mild severe respiratory illness, high fever
(higher than 100.4°F or 38°C), dry cough and shortness of breath. These Symptoms may
appear 2-14 days after exposure.
The virus is mainly spread from person-to-person who are in close contact with another (6
feet), through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes , and
by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes after touching an infected surface.


There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid
being exposed to this virus. Therefore; it is important to follow the recommendations below at
home and at work:

Social Distancing

  • Keep a distance of at least six feet from others, as much as possible. While taking
    breaks, eating, and in lockers when starting and ending your shift.
  • Limiting access to pulpits, to only essential personnel who are required for a business
    reason (with the exception of janitorial staff).
  • Essential in-person meetings may take place with a maximum of 10 persons attending,
    maintaining one empty seat space in between persons in conference rooms. Email and
    or phone conference are highly encouraged when possible
  • Daily safety meetings are suspended until further notice.
  • STOP Handshakes, hugs, and any other type of common greeting.

Lunch Breaks

To enforce adequate Social Distancing; employees will be asked to take lunch breaks at a
specific time during the day, staggering groups of a number of employees, specific to the
maximum allowed capacity, marked in the entrance, to the assigned lunch area. We have
arranged and marked lunch tables indicating the right seating and capacity.


Our Gymnasium has been closed until further notice.

Personal Hygiene

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20
  • Use a hand sanitizer often.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Throw any used napkins, paper, and tissues in the trash.
  • Do not share items at work such as pens, pencils, staplers, tape dispensers, etc.


  • Frequently clean and disinfect regularly touched and shared surfaces. These surfaces are the most contaminated, and MUST be cleaned and disinfected frequently:
  • Tabletops
  •  Light Switches
  • Door Knobs/Handles
  • Sink Taps
  • Toilet Handles
  • Kitchen Countertops
  • Control Panels
  • Crane Controls
  • Tools
  • Other surfaces on site, which are touched frequently.


Sanitize and disinfect your working station/office/area frequently; at the beginning and end of
your shift and throughout the day (Including, but not limited to office rooms, cubicles, PDCA
rooms, conference rooms, pulpits, all mobile equipment Cabs, Break Rooms, lunchrooms,
locker rooms, and any other type of work or common area).
Chlorine solution bottles will be assigned one per crew, making the Team Leader responsible
of the bottle of his crew.
Please ensure that you follow the directions and use products according to the SDS and the
product instructions to insure for proper disinfecting to be effective. For example – Spray Nine
should remain wet on the surface for 30 seconds.


Contact the HR department or your SUPERVISOR IMMEDIATELY if the cleaning
supplies are low; this material is not easy to obtain. Please use responsibly.

We have noticed that the sanitizer and chlorine solution bottles distributed in the plant have
“gotten lost”, please understand that this is to protect our Health and wellbeing; not only yours but
your family’s too. So, please think twice before taking these supplies from where it belongs.

Home Isolation

You will be required to stay home if you show any of the common symptoms such as a fever or
cough. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Keep track of your
symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get medical
attention right away.

During this time, please follow these recommendations:

  • Do not visit public areas.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if
    you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think
    it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.


You will also be asked to stay at Home for 14 days if you receive any out of town

Additionally; if you feel in any way threaten by COVID19 or you feel that you are vulnerable to
the virus, you may decide to stay at home taking vacation time, if still have balance available,
making arrangement with your department. If you do not have vacation time available, you
may take time off without pay; as excused absence without being accumulated against
disciplinary action. Also, notifying personally your department manager.

Traveling Employees

All business travel has been cancelled or postponed until further notice, if any critical travel is
necessary it MUST be directly authorized by Mr. Kitada, president of the Vinton Steel, LLC.

All employees traveling out 100 miles or more from El Paso, TX will not be allowed to
come back to work and stay home for 14 days. Employees coming from Juarez City are
exempt of this rule.

Vacation Policy

Previous year Vacation balance will be allowed to be carried over into the following vacational
year until further discussions

Return to Work

People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under
the following conditions:

  • If you will not have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after
    these three things have happened:
  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without
    the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
  • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath
    have improved) AND
  • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared



  • If you will be tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these
    three things have happened:
  • You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
  • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath
    have improved) AND
  • you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC


In all cases, follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and local health department. The
decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider
and state and local health departments. Local decisions depend on local circumstances.

Vinton Steel, LLC requires returning employees the Return to Work Screening Form as
an authorization to come back to work

As per employees request, Vinton Steel, LLC will shortly start Temperature screening to
all incoming employees.

The events surrounding COVID -19 are presenting new and unprecedented challenges for all
of us. The objective of Vinton Steel, LLC is to ensure that we continue protecting your health
and wellbeing making the enforcement of the above guidelines MANDATORY for all Vinton
Steel, LLC employees, failure to do so, will be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including

Vinton Steel, LLC


Masahiro KItada.