It’s a smart list.
Clean and disinfect frequently used tools and equipment on a regular basis. Clean shared spaces such as trailers and break/lunchrooms at least once per day. Avoid sharing tools with co-workers. If that’s not possible, disinfect before and after each use. Arrange for any portable job site toilets be cleaned by the leasing company at least twice per week and disinfected on the inside. Keep dust down by using engineering and work practice controls, specifically through the use of water delivery and dust-collection systems.
Those are just a few of the items on a checklist in a newly developed, 13-page COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness and Response template created by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition and the Associated General Contractors of America.
The template includes sections dedicated to responsibilities of employees, job site protective measures, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and language about handling situations in which employees are exposed to someone infected by COVID-19.
There’s also a section on OSHA’s rules for reporting COVID-19 and under which circumstances employers will have to log a report using the agency’s Form 301.
In short, if your company needs help in developing a sound risk management plan around COVID-19, the CISC COVID-19 Exposure Prevention template is a good place to start.
New, updated guidance, meantime, released by the Colorado Department Public Health and the Environment affirmed that, as essential businesses, construction companies can press ahead with their work but also must adhere to guidelines for keeping people apart to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Anybody showing possible COVID-19 symptoms cannot work, the CDPHE said. Other guidance for construction workers include the following recommendations:
Javier Rivera is President of CCIG’s Risk Management department. Reach him at Javier.Rivera@thinkccig.com or at 720-330-7941.
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