SkillSignal compiled a workbook full of guidance on how construction operations can protect people on job sites from coronavirus transmission.
The document combines CDC and OSHA requirements with best practices, recommendations and practical direction gathered from articles, online resources and from countless conversations with experienced construction professionals. SkillSignal interviewed safety professionals from Lear Corporation, the New York Building Congress, Associated General Contractors of America and American Society of Safety Professionals. Click here to read entire article and to download the guide.
WASHINGTON– Today the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released version 3.0 of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers guidance to help state and local jurisdictions and the private sector identify and manage their essential workforce while responding to COVID-19. CISA’s original guidance was released on March 19, 2020 and version 2.0 was subsequently released on March 28, 2020.
“CISA continues to work with our partners in the critical infrastructure community to understand what’s needed to keep essential functions and services up and running,” said Christopher Krebs, CISA Director. “Based on feedback we received, we released version 3.0 of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance, which provides clarity around a range of positions needed to support the essential functions laid out in earlier versions. As new or evolving challenges emerge, we are looking at what kind of access, personal protective equipment, and other resources workers need to continue performing essential duties in a safe and healthy way.” Click here to read the entire article.
During times of great uncertainty and upheaval, workers look to their leaders for a sense of security and resolve.
Occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals play a key role in helping their organizations navigate changing workplace realities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the entire article.
Perhaps the hardest part of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the uncertainty – not knowing what will happen next. The rapid spread of the virus that resulted in essentially locking down the U.S. is unprecedented in our lifetimes, and the inability for even the experts to predict the human toll and economic outcome causes stress and fear for everyone.
Because none of us can control the outcome, you must try to control those things you can.
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It should come as no surprise that the COVID-19 global pandemic hasn’t impacted all industries equally. Some businesses, including department stores, traditional restaurants and childcare centers, have suffered devastating losses as a result of stay-at-home orders and social distancing protocols; others, such as food delivery businesses, digital advertising agencies and subscription services, are experiencing unprecedented surges in sales.
Unfortunately, the construction industry has been disproportionately impacted by the crisis. Normally, the early spring is an exciting period in which contractors are building crews and doing a lot of planning for the busy season—but COVID-19 has changed everything. Price increases and project delays are becoming commonplace, and in some cities, such as Boston, construction projects have been banned altogether. Click here to read the entire article.
Construction companies across the globe are readying to return to work following the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. If you are part of one of those companies, now is the time to begin to put together a strategy for how to reemerge from the quarantine in a way that is productive, safe, and successful for your business.
Today forward-thinking companies need to be creative and, in many cases, pivot businesses to tap into new opportunities. For many, the answer comes in the form of leveraging new technologies to continue with work in a way that is safe for teams. Click here to read the entire article.
The National Safety Council (NSC) has been urging companies to take "aggressive" measures to protect its workers from COVID-19.
The organization recently polled its members about the pandemic, 70% of which indicated their workforce is still reporting to a facility or job site.
In a subsequent statement released April 2, NSC President and CEO Lorraine Martin said, “In partnership with our employees, we as leaders must be vigilant as we grapple with a workplace safety issue we’ve never seen and face the challenge of protecting those on the front lines. In occupational safety, the onus to protect workers from all hazards, all the time, falls to employers, full stop. In this time of global crisis, we need to understand the critical responsibility we have to our workforce." Click here to read the entire article.
While some federal, state and local governments are changing enforcement priorities to lessen the enforcement burden on employers during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations remain in full force.
The agency recently released an updated version of its guidance on protecting workplaces, called Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. Developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), it contains recommendations regarding safe work practices and personal protective equipment based on different levels of exposure and other risk factors. Click here to read the entire article.