Industry leaders and regulators champion workplace safety guidelines to protect public health
Salem, Ore. – The Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter (AGC) has partnered with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) and the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) to develop a comprehensive list of COVID-19 jobsite safety recommendations.
The recommendations, which incorporate and build on the workplace safety recommendations issued by Gov. Kate Brown, include on-site checklists for construction workers, social distancing guidelines, and information about the importance of identifying site-specific safety captains.
“Every industry has a responsibility during this time of crisis to abide by the governor’s ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ order and deploy their own enhanced workplace safety procedures,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “We appreciate the active role the construction industry has taken in educating its workforce regarding jobsite best practices and in striving for 100 percent compliance with social distancing requirements. These efforts are critical to protecting public health and the safety of construction workers.”
In addition to developing a common set of jobsite safety recommendations, AGC has developed an COVID-19 online safety training course, job site safety and health practices information in both English and Spanish, site-specific work plans, and posters and banners to be hung on job sites to remind workers to maintain distance and correct hygiene practices.
Earlier this year, AGC and the Oregon Home Builders Association partnered together to share best practices and discuss the latest COVID safety information while working proactively with CCB and OSHA.
Mike Salsgiver, executive director for Associated General Contractors (AGC), said his organization appreciates the partnerships.
“We have had a long-standing and positive working relationship with these agencies and OHBA,” he said, “and we recommit to making them even stronger going forward – especially during this time of sudden and substantial challenge in our industry.”
Both Oregon OSHA and CCB have published construction-specific COVID-19 response information on their websites to keep contractors up to date and ensure all workers on the jobsite follow COVID-19 safety procedures.
AGC has made all of its COVID-19 response resources available online at www.agc-oregon.org. The resources are free to members and non-members, with the online training available to chapter members only.
For more information about construction industry COVID-19 response measures, visit:
- Oregon Home Builders Association webpage: www.oregonhba.com
- Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division webpage: www.osha.oregon.gov
- Oregon Construction Contractors Board webpage: www.oregon.gov/ccb/
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