Updated April 1, 2020
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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
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Woods Aitken's Coronavirus Resources
AGC Chapter Response by state to Coronavirus Measures
AGC of America's Coronavirus Safety Kit
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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 ADDED 3-19-2020
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
AGCA 8-part Web Series--Navigating the Outbreak
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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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