COVID-19 Updated Policies & Procedures

The Atlanta ToolBank is committed to the safety, health and welfare of our staff, volunteers and members at all times. We are taking serious measures to do our part to flatten the curve of transmission of COVID-19. In response to questions we’ve received from partners and stakeholders, and in anticipation of what is to come in the next few weeks and months, here are vital details of our comprehensive precautions:

  • Staff reduction and shift staggering

    • Internally, we are focused on all projects that can be completed remotely. All non-essential tool lending staff will telework in the near-term with few exceptions. When on-site, staff will practice social distancing in accordance with CDC recommendations and guidelines.
  • Restricted access to our facility

    • As a normal practice, all visitation to the ToolBank is by appointment only. This will continue to be the case during times of heightened precaution, but additionally the front entrance and side gate will be locked at all times and only those individuals with appointments pre-approved by ToolBank staff will be allowed in the waiting or loading areas to limit the number of visitors to our facility
  • Enhanced buffer zones

    • Our staff is switching out gloves for any interaction with tools, using a new pair for every transaction. Soiled pairs are washed immediately using hot water, then dried on high heat.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection

    • All tools issued during this time of acute crisis will be disinfected beforehand.
    • All returned tools will be quarantined 72 hours, then cleaned per FEMA and CDC regulations and recommendations.
    • Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at all pedestrian entrances to the ToolBank.
  • Extension of tool orders and waiver of extension fees

    • For any member agency who currently has tools out, they will be able to extend their order without incurring extra fees.
  • Demand for tools for Essential Services

    • We are working with our networks of health professionals, first responders and critical service partners to provide tables, chairs, and other event supplies and equipment for shelters, mobile food distribution and pop-up testing sites.
    • We are working with community gardeners and urban farmers to ensure they have the tools and equipment necessary to continue growing fresh local food for our community.
    • If any organization providing COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, or local growers need our equipment, we are here for them. Please spread the word and have organizations e-mail our Tool Lending Program Manager, Chad Pickett at chad.pickett@toolbank.org to arrange details if they need a resource we can provide.
    • All other non-essential tool lending is on hold until Atlanta lifts the Shelter in Place Order.

For our full COVID-19 Statement and updated policies and procedures, please click HERE.  We continue to closely monitor the situation and adhere to best practices as put forward by trusted officials including the CDC, GEMA, and FEMA. As such, more modifications to our standard operations may be forthcoming. It is essential that we balance our availability for partners with the safety of all stakeholders of the Atlanta ToolBank.

COVID-19 Lending

$149,229.89

Worth of Tools Lent

6,555

Pieces of PPE Distributed

Used by 12

Partners & Member Agencies

$0

Actual Cost to Partners
& Agencies

Thank You to Our Partners