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Construction group provides COVID-19 job safety guidance


The Construction Industry Safety Coalition has released updated guidance for construction employers, employees and contractors regarding COVID-19 exposure prevention, preparedness and response.

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the job site, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be used, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if a worker becomes sick. The plan, which includes forms that can be downloaded and customized for individual businesses, served as the basis for materials provided for the COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand held April 16.

The updates in Version 2 of the plan include some significant changes and additions as more data have become available on the spread of COVID-19, including:

•    New guidance on the use of face coverings, including masks and cloth coverings (bandanas, etc.);
•    A new section, Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Employers, based on new CDC guidance;

•    Specific procedures for screening and allowing visitors onto job sites;

•    An appendix on the procedures for monitoring the temperature of workers, including next steps if a high fever is found; and

•    Additional guidance on ride-sharing, and the use of common drinking and eating sources.

The safety plan is customizable for companies to meet state requirements for a coronavirus response plan and includes a graphics-based poster intended for display at job sites and work stations.

General contractors, home builders, contractors and other companies conducting work on construction job sites are encouraged to download the guidance, customize it for their companies, and distribute or display to workers.

The safety plan also contains authorization letters for workers to carry with them should they be asked by local law enforcement their purpose for being out of the house.

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