NAHB Publishes Construction Job Site Guidance for Coronavirus

Filed in Disaster Response, Safety by on March 25, 2020 5 Comments

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) today published guidance for construction employers, employees and contractors on coronavirus exposure prevention, preparedness and response. NAHB is a key member of CISC.

The guidance 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. The documents are specifically tailored to construction job sites.

The materials include a customizable response plan, notifications for employees, a checklist and quick reference guide, and a toolbox talk for employers. The guidance is organized into sections that include:

  • Responsibilities of Managers and Supervisors
  • Responsibilities of Employees
  • Job Site Protective Measures
  • Job Site Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Job Site Exposure Situations
  • OSHA Recordkeeping
  • “Essential” Industry Designations by States with Business Closure Orders

Home builders, general contractors, contractors and other companies conducting work on construction job sites are encouraged to download the guidance, customize it for their companies, and distribute or display to workers.

Examples of guidance specific to the construction industry include:

  • Clean shared spaces such as trailers and break/lunchrooms at least once per day.
  • Disinfect shared surfaces (door handles, machinery controls, etc.) on a regular basis.
  • Avoid sharing tools with co-workers. If not, 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.

Access the resources in the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response section of nahb.org.

For any questions, please contact Rob Matuga.

 

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  1. Glenn Fuller says:

    The City of Austin Texas just shut down all new home construction down effective 3/34. Please help us reverse this order # 20200324-07.

  2. Lisa says:

    Is it reasonable to go and spray and clean a new home before the new home buyer moves in?

    • NAHB Now says:

      Lisa, yes, it would be reasonable if a builder decides to clean the new home prior to the customer taking possession. The builder should discuss with the customer when that would take place(e.g., pre or post walk-through prior to closing). If the builder does decide to both clean (removing germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces) as well as disinfect (using chemicals), then they should consider using EPA-registered disinfectants to kill germs on surfaces prior to buyers taking possession. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection for Households here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html.

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