Before the pandemic, construction was booming around much of the country. After some delays, many projects are getting back on track, but the coronavirus is still a threat. The following resources can help construction managers adapt to the new reality.
Local and State Guidance
Construction employers must follow local and state orders regarding construction work and what is and is not allowed.
In New York State, employers may want to consult the guidance for determining whether a business enterprise is subject to a workforce reduction under recent executive orders. New York is currently going through a phased reopening that uses regional analysis.
In New York City, employers should also check the COVID-19 Updates: DOB Operations Information page. This site links to a PDF that provides information on essential versus nonessential construction under recent executive orders.
This is a rapidly evolving situation, so it is important to check back frequently for current information.
OSHA Guidance for Construction
OSHA has released COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce. The short document includes tips on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus at construction sites. In addition to advice on encouraging workers to stay home when sick, wear masks, practice personal hygiene, maintain social distancing when possible and other tips commonly seen across industries, the document includes the following tips geared toward the construction industry:
- When equipment or tools must be shared, provide alcohol-based wipes and instruct workers to use them before and after use.
- Keep toolbox talks, safety meetings and other in-person meetings as short as possible. Also limit the number of workers who attend and practice social distancing.
- Disinfect portable jobsite toilets regularly and fill hand sanitizer dispensers regularly.
See OSHA’s COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce for more details.
CDC Guidance for Construction
The CDC has released more information on what construction workers need to know about COVID-19. This page provides information geared toward construction workers and employers
The points covered include:
- How workers can practice proper hand hygiene, as well as other steps they can take to keep themselves healthy and stop the spread of disease
- How employers can maintain a healthy work environment, including modifying work schedules to reduce the total number of workers on the jobsite at one time
- How to maintain healthy business operations, including designating a safety and health officer who is responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns, as well as implementing flexible sick leave
For more information, see what construction workers need to know about COVID-19.
For more information on how construction managers can promote safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, see the following resources:
- The AGC’s COVID-19 webpage, which has news and updates on various coronavirus topics, including safety and HR issues
- The DOL’s page of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which requires covered employers to provide paid sick and family leave for certain coronavirus-related reasons
- The CDC’s interim guidance for businesses and employers responding to coronavirus disease
- OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage