CISC Recommendations: COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan for Construction
The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) developed this plan is to outline the steps that every construction employer and employee can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The plan describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the job site, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be used, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if a worker becomes sick. Also included in the plan are:
- Letter for Essential Industry Employees who are traveling to construction jobsites;
- Employee Notification letter if a confirmed case of COVID-19 occurs at work;
- COVID-19 Checklist for Employers and Employees; and
- COVID-19 toolbox training talk.
CISC Seeks OSHA Guidance on Recordkeeping Requirements when Conducting Temperature Screenings
The CISC sent a letter on May 19, 2020 to OSHA seeking additional guidance from the agency regarding the application of OSHA’s Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records rule (29 CFR 1910.1020) to certain employer-conducted COVID-19 health screenings. Read the letter here.
CISC Seeks Additional OSHA Guidance on COVID-19 in Construction
The CISC sent a letter on April 17, 2020 to OSHA seeking additional guidance from the agency on the reportability of COVID-19 cases and the recommended approach to social distancing and wearing face coverings in the construction industry. Read the letter here.
CISC Urges OSHA to Stop Treating Coronavirus Positives as Recordable Incidents & Calls for Flexibility for Firms Running Short of N95 Masks
The CISC sent a letter on March 23, 2020 to OSHA regarding recordkeeping and respirator enforcement during the COVID-19 outbreak. The CISC has requested that OSHA re-evaluate its decision to treat cases of employees contracting COVID-19 as recordable incidents. Additionally, the CISC is pushing OSHA to provide flexibility in enforcement with respect to respirator use due to the growing shortage of N95 respirators that are currently being used in the fight against coronavirus. Read the letter here.
OSHA & CDC COVID-19 Guidance
- OSHA Frequently Asked Questions for Cloth Face Coverings – June 10, 2020
- OSHA Interim guidance for Construction workers and their employers – May 26, 2020
- CDC What Construction Workers Need to Know about COVID-19 – May 19, 2020
- OSHA Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – May 19, 2020
- OSHA Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – May 19, 2020
- OSHA COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce – April 21, 2020
- OSHA Considering Employer’s Good Faith Efforts During COVID-19 – April 16, 2020
- OSHA Interim Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19 – April 13, 2020
- OSHA Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of COVID-19 – April 10, 2020
- OSHA Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and the N95 Shortage Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic – April 3, 2020
- OSHA Enforcement Guidance for Use of Respiratory Protection Equipment Certified under Standards of Other Countries or Jurisdictions During the COVID-19 Pandemic – April 3, 2020