As many of you know, today 4/16/20, is the day the NAHB encouraged all construction projects to hold a Jobsite Safety Stand Down to educate all involved parties on the best ways to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and keep everyone safe.
It was designed to take 10-15 minutes out of the workday to educate the workers as their assistance and understanding will be very important. Although today is the designated Stand Down day, we don’t think limiting this to just one day is appropriate and encourage similar practices regularly until this pandemic is behind us.
Things can change rapidly and continuing some form of Safety Stand Down is a great way to stay visible to your project with the most current information and guidelines available. Educating your project workforce and executing the procedures on all levels will be critical in the success of slowing the spread.
Here are some ways to help slow the spread and keep everyone safe and healthy:
- If you feel sick, stay home except to get medical care. DO NOT GO TO WORK.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid in person meetings, if possible. You can hold video or phone conference calls or use electronic documents to send to employees. If you are not able to virtually conduct your meetings, follow social distancing practices by staying 6’ apart at all times and keep groups to 10 people or less.
- When in public, wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth.
- Avoid sharing tools, using other people’s desks, phones or offices if able. If you must share, clean and disinfect surfaces frequently. Cleaning should be done regularly to tools, equipment, door handles, handrails and cell phones.
- Minimize ride sharing.
- Use proper PPE when cleaning and disinfecting
If you have a confirmed COVID-19 case on your site (information from the CDC):
- Stop work in that area.
- Notify local health department for guidance.
- Clean and disinfect area. Increase airflow in the building.
- Get information on all persons who had contact with the employee during the time they started showing symptoms and two days prior. This includes people who came within 6’ of the exposed employee during this time period.
- Once area has been disinfected and employees are returning to regular work, the CDC recommends measuring employee’s temperatures and assessing any symptoms before they start work. Follow all guidelines above as well.
For more COVID-19 resources, posters and downloads visit our shared folder here.
We will update this folder as new information comes in. You can also watch Coronavirus safety trainings on our YouTube page by clicking here.
Subscribe to our page now to get notified of our new content that is uploaded weekly. For more information and resources from the CDC click here.
If you have questions or want to contact us directly email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 800-727-5051.