Beginning May 1, 2020, all businesses in the construction industry in the Commonwealth, including those in new construction, renovation, and repair, as well as land subdivision and design-related field activities, are permitted to maintain in-person operations pursuant to the Governor’s and Secretary of Health’s April 20, 2020 amendments to the Business Closure Orders so long as their activities strictly adhere to this guidance. Construction projects previously granted an exemption to continue in-person operations may continue operations but must adhere to the new guidance.
It is the policy of the Administration to ensure that all businesses in the construction industry subject to this guidance conduct operations in the manner best designed to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of the employers, employees and the public as a whole.
COVID-19 AWARENESS TRAINING FOR CONTRACTORS
According to OSHA, the construction industry is considered to be in the lower risk category for exposure, meaning the construction industry is not regularly treating or coming into contact with people who have tested positive for the Corona virus. While considered low risk, COVID-19 is still around construction. The biggest risk is someone contracting the virus from a family member or being out in the public and then spreading it throughout the organization.
Our Safety and Loss Control Department at Gunn-Mowery, LLC created a training to help you and your employees follow the guidelines as you go back to working on job sites. This COVID-19 Awareness Training includes:
- What is COVID-19?
- How does COVID-19 spread?
- Steps to take if you think you have COVID-19
- Social Distancing in the Workplace
- Required Personal Protective Equipment
- Sanitizing the Workplace
- Steps to take at the end of the shift
- COVID-19 ToolBox Talks
Click the video below to watch the training and make sure you turn on the volume!
Requirements for Communicating with Employees and Any On-site Customers about COVID-19 Safety
Businesses conducting in-person operations or serving the public are required to make employees and customers aware of the guidance provided by the commonwealth to keep people at their establishment safe. In addition, businesses are required to publicly acknowledge their responsibility to conduct their operations to ensure the health and safety of employees.
Businesses must print, sign, and post the “COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses” flyer on their premises. Businesses must post the signed flyer in employee common space and, if the business serves the public, the business must also post the flyer near the business’s public entrance(s) in prominent location(s).
Businesses must sign the flyer on the space provided. The signature is an acknowledgement that the owner or management is aware of the COVID-19 safety procedures and understands their responsibilities to carry out the guidance and procedures.
The flyer must be signed by the business’s corporate officer, site manager, site foreperson, or equivalent. The flyer also contains a space for the business to indicate the employee who is the “Pandemic Safety Officer,” or the person in charge of the COVID-19 safety procedures for the business (specific workplace). The signed acknowledgement and Pandemic Safety Officer designation should not be returned to the Commonwealth – it must be simply posted and available if requested by local law enforcement.
The Commonwealth encourages businesses to share this guidance or the flyer electronically with employees as well. There is no requirement to submit a safety response plan to the Commonwealth.
NOTE: There are two versions of the flyer. Businesses can choose which version to use and post.
- Flyer #1 is a document that can be printed on ONE 8.5×14-inch (legal) piece of paper.
- Flyer #2 is a document that can be printed on TWO 8.5×11-inch (letter) pieces of paper.
COVID-19 Polices & Procedures for the Construction Industry
Our Safety and Loss Control team created COVID-19 polices and procedures that you can customize for your organization. Click on the links below to download these documents.
- COVID-19 Preparedness Program for Contractors
- COVID-19 Activity Hazard Analysis
- COVID-19 Site Program Checklist
- COVID-19 Daily Checklist for the Workplace
- COVID-19 Daily Self-Assessment for Employees
- COVID-19 Toolbox Talk: Job Site Controls
Additional COVID-19 Resources for the Construction Industry
- COVID-19 Basic Infection Prevention Measures Flyer
- COVID-19 Symptoms Flyer
- COVID-19 Action Plan for Sick Employees
- Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Facility Flyer
- How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings Flyer
- NRCA ToolBox Talk Document
- Home Isolation and Returning to Work Flyer
- Stop the Spread of Germs Flyer
- How to Hand Wash Flyer