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New guidelines for coronavirus safety on the job site

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New guidelines for coronavirus safety on the job site
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The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) published updates to its guidance for construction employers, employees, and contractors on coronavirus 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 has been updated twice as new information has become available.

NAHB, a member of CISC, says that it is imperative that home builders continue to follow the recommended COVID-19 mitigation efforts and strategies to ensure the safety of workers and viability of ongoing construction operations,

Version 3 of the plan contains significant changes based on updated guidance from the CDC and other health officials, including:

  • An expanded section to help employees understand the symptoms of COVID-19
  • Screening questions for job site visitors
  • Additional guidance on the use of face coverings
  • Guidance on job site exposure situations, including positive tests
  • Information on when to record a COVID-19 case on the OSHA 300 log

The safety plan, also available in Spanish, is customizable for companies to meet state requirements for a coronavirus response plan and includes a graphic-based poster intended for display.

Home builders, general contractors, contractors and others 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.

Access the resources in the Coronavirus Response and Recovery section of nahb.org.