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March 18, 2020

Keeping Workers Safe on Jobsites During COVID-19 Pandemic

These suggested policies and procedures for limiting exposure to coronavirus address issues specific to construction jobsites. Many construction jobsites lack the same facilities of other workplaces, and can contain challenges to hygiene and other suggested protocols.

Supply portable washing stations or hand sanitizers for workers. Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to protect workers from exposure. Many projects, however, have limited access to running water. Portable stations with water containers should be placed on site to allow workers to wash their hands frequently. Portable stations can be rented from local suppliers or
created by workers. In areas where portable stations are not practical, supply hand sanitizer
for workers. Hand sanitizers should contain at least 60% alcohol. Click here for a list of approved hand sanitizers.

If possible and practical, separate construction workers from occupied building workers. To reduce exposure to possibly exposed or infected persons, implement procedures for minimizing contact between workers that don’t usually work together. This may be a problem for jobsites where workers are in occupied buildings. Review policies and procedures with workers to keep them safe from exposure. Some policies may include separate bathroom facilities, isolating workers lunch and break areas, and limiting interactions with building employees.

Provide training and toolbox talks for workforce. Information is the key to protecting workers. Discuss with employees the hazards associated with coronavirus. Use informational bulletins circulated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Reference information from reputable sources, as some information you may find on the internet may be misleading or wrong.

Disinfect high traffic areas frequently. For areas of high use, use disinfectants to keep areas clean. Job trailer doors and stair rails, meeting tables, and coffee stations should all be frequently
cleaned using a bleach-based cleaner. Be defensive during interactions with others. During this period of uncertainty, monitor yourself and others and pay special attention to limit social contact with others. Train yourself to not cross-contaminate or to touch your face.

Source: GBCA