Work Status for Employees - VA Bedford Healthcare System
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VA Bedford Healthcare System


Work Status for Employees

Situation Update

As of Monday, February 1, 2021 11:52 AM EST

Director statement regarding reporting for duty:
Inclement Weather
VA Bedford Healthcare System is scheduled to be open during inclement weather, unless otherwise determined by the Hospital Director. All employees are considered essential, required to report for their scheduled tour of duty, and must follow appropriate leave request procedures through their leave approving official (usually the immediate supervisor) for their work unit. 

During any inclement weather event, staff who travel are advised to plan ahead and bring inclement clothing, a flashlight, food and water, and any necessary medication with you in your vehicle, in case of an emergency. Employees whose tours of duty are or will be impacted by inclement weather events may choose to take advantage of sleeping accommodations provided by the hospital, in order to work their future tour of duty or if leaving the facility poses a hazard to travelling after the end of their tour of duty. Details regarding emergency shelter will be provided through the Operating Status Announcement.

Snow removal teams will be called into service to clear parking lots and walkways. Be mindful when driving or walking around snow removal equipment especially during low visibility conditions. Dress appropriately for the conditions, to include proper footwear to prevent slipping on ice or snow.

Following a snow event, Engineering will close parking lots in coordination with VA Police to remove snow piles. Buckets of salt are located at each exterior door for common use to help prevent ice on steps and sidewalks. Report any unsafe conditions to Engineering at 781-687-2000, extension 2461 or VA Police at ext. 2404.

Thank you in advance to all staff who will be providing care to our Veterans during inclement weather. Your dedication to our Veterans and our mission is greatly appreciated.

COVID-19 Update
Per CDC guidance and VA protocols, employees who test positive for COVID-19 OR who present with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath should be immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others. Staff should contact Employee Occupational Health (EOH) by phone at 781-687-2280 and notify their supervisor in the event that they do not feel well or if they answer yes to one or more of the screening questions.

You must carry your Personal Identity Verification card (PIV) to prove your employee status; it will be required for screening upon entry to any VA Bedford facility. All employees entering VA Bedford facilities must wear a surgical face mask, in accordance with the updated Personal Protective Equipment Standard Operating Procedure. Cloth face coverings are no longer authorized. Employees will use the digital screening tool to self-screen daily. Text the word screen518 to 53079 and report the results to your supervisor. Access is available at the entrances of buildings 2 and 78.

Thank you for all you do every day to take care of our Veterans and each other.

During a VA-declared emergency:

VA Employees should return to this page for updates. For more information about this emergency, go to our main Emergency Information page.