NAHB takes safety seriously. On Thursday, April 16, the NAHB is urging members, and all residential construction companies, to halt work for at least 10 minutes for a COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand-Down. The goal is to educate workers on what they should do to keep themselves safe from coronavirus and to help “flatten the curve” for everyone.
The Department of Homeland Security recently designated the construction of single-family and multifamily housing as an “Essential Infrastructure Business.” This designation allows construction to continue in places under stay-at-home orders. Although this designation is not binding on state and local governments, it does mean that there could be more workers on construction sites in the coming weeks.
Relay Coronavirus Safety Precautions
As part of the safety stand-down, members are being asked to pause all work for at least 10 minutes to relay coronavirus safety precautions. These precautions include maintaining a distance of no less than six feet with others at all times, cleaning and sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment, and often touched surfaces regularly and ensuring the proper sanitation of everyday surfaces and equipment. The safety information can also be distributed digitally (through email or text).
NAHB and other construction industry partners have also developed a comprehensive Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction that outlines the steps every employer and employee should take to reduce the risk of exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. It describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be made 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.
NAHB and industry partners also have created a quick-reference job site checklist for employers and employees and a job site safety poster — available in English and Spanish — for release throughout the workplace.
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