Updated June 11, 2021
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The U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination-Related Guidance May 28, 2021
OSHA Suspends Recordkeeping Enforcement of Adverse Reactions to Employer Mandated COVID-19 Vaccinations
DOL, OSHA, and other federal agencies are working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. OSHA does not wish to discourage workers from receiving the vaccination, or disincentivize employers' vaccination efforts.
As a result, OSHA will NOT enforce 29 CFR 1904's recording requirements to require employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination through May 2022.
For additional guidance on COVID-19 regulations, visit www.osha.gov/coronavirus
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The COVID-19 Risk Dial for Lancaster County has dropped to Low Yellow, the lowest risk level the community has seen since the dial was launched a year ago.
With a drop in the risk dial, Lancaster County will be seeing new Direct Health Measures (DHMs) go into effect Friday, April 23.
The new DHMs include:
- The mask mandate is still in effect, but a new exception has been added. If a fully vaccinated person is in an area that is not open to the general public, like a private office or break room, they no longer have to wear masks.
- Limiting groups of individuals to eight and maintaining six feet of social distancing are no longer requirements, but recommendations for gatherings, youth activities and sports, food establishments and bars, barbershops, cosmetology establishments, cosmetologists and estheticians, body art facilities, and massage therapy.
- There is no longer a limit to the number of fans allowed per participant for youth sports, but occupancy is limited to 75% venue capacity.
- Events with an occupancy of more than 500 are still required to be approved by LLCHD.
- Capacity for restaurants, bars, and food service establishments is still capped at 75%, but limiting groups of individuals to eight and maintaining six feet of social distancing are no longer requirements, but recommendations.
- Gym occupancy continues to be capped at 75%, but limiting groups of individuals to eight and maintaining six feet of social distancing are no longer requirements, but recommendations.
Click here for a pdf of the complete Directed Health Measure.
On Jan. 29, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new guidance on protecting workers and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Per OSHA, the guidance is not a standard or regulation, creates no new legal obligations and the recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in recognizing and abating hazards in the workplace. Click here for analysis from AGC of America highlighting the key differences in the recent guidance in comparison to previous guidance issued.
AGC of America's Coronavirus Safety Kit
This is a "sample plan" template for an Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Document. It was developed by CISC and AGCA. If you don't have one or need to review your, this is a good starting place.
In response to the present situation regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, AGC of America (AGC) has recently produced several resources to assist member firms as they consider any vaccine policies. The following resources were developed by AGC and Fisher Phillips, one of the country’s largest labor and employment law firms dedicated to representing employers, and are FREE to AGC members:
- “Sticking Points: What Construction Employers Need To Know About COVID-19 Vaccines” WebEd playback--you must login with your AGC of America username and password to access.
- “Vaccination Q&As for Construction Employers” document
These resources are provided to inform AGC members about their rights and obligations under federal law so that they can make well-informed decisions when adopting employment policies and practices related to COVID-19 and other vaccinations. They are not intended to signify that AGC recommends employer vaccination mandates. AGC opposes government mandates requiring construction firms to require employee vaccination and supports construction firms’ freedom to choose the best approach for their individual businesses and workforces.
AGC/ABC Woods Aitken Webinar -- April 1, 2020 with Erin Ebeler-Rolf and Jerry Pigsley
Nebraska COVID-19 Legal Update: OSHA Guidelines & Interplay of FFFCRA
The most FAQ I’ve received the last few days: “Is there a list of precautions specific for the JOBSITE?”
There are a couple of documents on the AGCA microsite that are applicable to jobsites: the AGC ToolBox talk from the State of Washington with links, and another document from CDC titled, “Prepare Now.” I also like the ToolBox talk from my colleague in PA.
Doug Fletcher, Fletcher Safety and I did a little brainstorming on the FAQ and put together the following list of possible precautions and actions for jobsites:
- Encourage sick employees to stay home until recovered
- No visitors to jobsites or job trailer
- Arrange to have job trailer completely cleaned weekly
- Provide hand sanitizer, or wash stations with soap/paper towels in trailer and at stations on site
- Daily wipe down with sanitizing solution* all flat surfaced, door handles and exterior doorknob
- Don’t allow group or shared food on job sites (i.e. buffet lunches, multiple pizza boxes, etc.)
- Do not congregate in one eating area at lunch
- Provide tissue boxes close to trash cans
- Do not share tools
- Do not share personal protection equipment (PPE)
- Ensure used PPE is disposed of properly
- Sanitize reusable PPE per manufacturer’s directions prior to each use
- Disinfect reusable supplies and equipment
- Have all jobsite meetings in an open-air space as possible outdoors, go to a large space, anywhere but the job trailer. Keep as much space as possible between folks.
- Conduct frequent ToolBox talks on COVID-19 and what it means to the employee, their lives, the project. Emphasize the safety precautions will limit the amount of Influenzas A, flu, colds and other illnesses going around at this time of year as well. Make sure you document your ToolBox Talks on COVID-19.
- Figure out a way to disinfect port-a-johns on daily basis. Check possibility of sanitizing solution* in pump sprayer and give a spray down at end of day with time to disinfect and dry by next day. Don’t forget the exterior and interior door handle.
*Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. To disinfect: most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
Disinfectant options include:
- Diluting household bleach. To make a bleach solution, mix: 1/3 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or other cleaners. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
- Alcohol solutions. Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
- Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow manufacturer’s directions.
Another FAQ to Jean: “What do we do if an employee on jobsite is sick?”
From the AGCA HR Forum the following was suggested earlier this week:
Managing Sick Employees:
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home. Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not return to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [38.0° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
- Separate sick employees. CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately.
- Communicate your company’s Human Resources practices for managing sick time related to COVID-19 to all employees.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES UPDATED 4-8-2020
The Safety Service Staff at AGC Houston is always very generous in sharing their resources. They documents are well researched and expertly produced. Thank you to Kim Mason and Staff for sharing the following:
MORE GOOD TOOLBOX TALKS -- COVID-19
AGC of America Toolbox Talks #1 posted April 7, 2020
AGC of America Toolbox Talks #1--Spanish Version posted April 8, 2020
AGC of America Toolbox Talks #2 posted April 7, 2020
AGC of America Toolbox Talks #2--Spanish Version posted April 8, 2020
AGC of America Toolbox Talks #3 posted April 7, 2020
AGC of America Toolbox Talks #3--Spanish Version posted April 8, 2020
AGCA 8-part Web Series--Navigating the Outbreak
Please contact the office if you have problems with the webinars.
March 24, 2020 Part II: What the Federal and Many State Labor and Employment Laws Are Likely to Require of You, as You Adjust Your Operations to Meet the Latest Contingencies
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