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Covid-19 Safety Guidelines for Construction Sites

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds in Southern California, guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 and its impact upon the construction industry and construction projects are being published. To help you stay on top of this rapidly evolving situation, refer to these guidelines determined by Interim CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, and the Public Order Under City of Los Angeles Emergency Authority (Issue Date March 19, 2020, Revised April 1, 2020) by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (hereinafter “Safer at Home Order”).

  1. Practice social distancing by maintaining a minimum 6-foot distance from others. A Public Notice of Social Distancing Protocol, in a manner consistent with the Mayor’s Order dated April 10th, shall be posted at work site entrances.
  2. Preclude gatherings of any size, and anytime two or more people must meet, ensure minimum 6-foot separation.
  3. All workers and visitors on site shall wear face coverings over their noses and mouths while performing their work. Face coverings referenced in this guidance can be fabric coverings, such as scarves and bandana coverings. Reusable face coverings must be frequently washed, minimum once a day, for the health and safety of users and others. Single use coverings must be properly discarded into trash receptacles.
  4. Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate for the activity being performed.
  5. The owner/contractor shall designate a site specific COVID-19 Supervisor to enforce this guidance. A designated COVID-19 Supervisor shall be present on the construction site at all times during construction activities. The COVID19 Supervisor can be an on-site worker who is designated to carry this role.
  6. Identify “choke points” and “high-risk areas” where workers are forced to stand together, such as hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, and buses, and control them so social distancing is maintained.
  7. Minimize interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials, ensure minimum 6-foot separation.
  8. Stagger the trades as necessary to reduce density and maintain minimum 6-foot separation social distancing.
  9. Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, work tools and equipment. If necessary, clean and disinfect them before and another use.
  10. Post, in areas visible to all workers, required hygienic practices including not touching face with unwashed hands or with gloves; washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, cleaning AND disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, machines, shared tools, elevator control buttons, and doorknobs; covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing as well as other hygienic recommendations by the CDC.
  11. Place wash stations or hand sanitizers in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.
  12. Require anyone on the project to stay home if they are sick, except to get medical care.
  13. Have employees inform their supervisor if they have a sick family member at home with COVID-19.
  14. Maintain a daily attendance log of all workers and visitors.
  15. Employers must permit their employees to wash their hands at least every 30 minutes
  16. Employers must make sure employees have access to a clean and sanitary restroom, stocked with all necessary cleansing products like soap and sanitizer.



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