Safety & Health

At AGC, safety is our number one priority. In an effort to keep our members, the construction industry, and the community safe, we are providing information and resources to help deal with the coronavirus public health emergency.

Forms and Documents

COVID-19 Job Site Safety and Health Practices

Update March 26

New! COVID-19 Job Site Practices Poster

What the Oregon Construction Industry Needs to Do to Comply with EO 20-12

Non-essential businesses in Oregon have been prohibited from operating; other businesses have been ordered to only operate under specific conditions. Because construction was not listed as a “non-essential business,” your company may continue construction operations in Oregon as currently scheduled and underway. Effective at midnight Monday, March 23, 2020, your company must implement specific measures.

Social Distancing Officer Responsibilities

Released March 24

Proactive Measures for Addressing COVID-19 (AGCA)

Site-Specific COVID-19 Work Plan

Other AGC Chapter Safety Documents

OR OSHA COVID-19: Job Health, SAfety Resources for Oregon Contractors

[March 26] Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order – issued in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – does not include construction among businesses that must close. However, the order requires all businesses that continue to operate to follow certain guidelines. Read more

OR OSHA Issues Interim Guidance for Employers

[March 25] Michael Wood, administrator, issues a memo on March 23 regarding OSHA business during the state of emergency: not “business as usual.”

AGC, Others, Push OSHA to Stop Treating Coronavirus Positives as Reportable Incidents & Calls for Flexibility for Firms Running Short of N95 Masks

[March 23] AGC, along with our industry partners on the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), is pushing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to re-evaluate its decision to treat cases of employees contracting COVID-19 as recordable incidents. Instead, healthcare providers should be required to report these cases on their logs because they are in direct contact with people with confirmed cases and are at greatest risk.

At the same time, we are pushing OSHA to provide flexibility in enforcement with respect to respirator use due to the growing shortage of N95 respirators. For example, OSHA should consider allowing job rotation to reduce exposures to employees who may not have access to the appropriate masks. For more information, and to view a copy of the AGC/CISC letter, click here.

Hand Sanitizer Update

[March 19] Washing hands thoroughly with soap and water is the recommended practice to clean your hands, but hand sanitizer is sometimes the only option available for job sites. Currently, hand sanitizer is difficult to locate as supplies are low. At this time, the following suppliers have products available (at the time of posting). Please visit their sites to place an order:

OSHA Guidance

OSHA Clarifies Coronavirus Reporting Requirements for Employers

[March 16] Employers must track and report instances of workers contracting COVID-19 on the job, not those stemming from exposure to the new coronavirus while off the clock, OSHA said.

OSHA update—new guidance released 3/13/2020—comes as many workplaces are limiting operations and urging employees to work from home due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. The guidance clarifies employers’ obligations to log injuries and illnesses at work.

There is no specific OSHA standard covering COVID-19. However, some OSHA requirements may apply to preventing occupational exposure to COVID-19. Among the most relevant are:

  • OSHA’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standards (in general industry, 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I), which require using gloves, eye and face protection, and respiratory protection.
    • When respirators are necessary to protect workers, employers must implement a comprehensive respiratory protection program in accordance with the Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134).
  • The General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970, 29 USC 654(a)(1), which requires employers to furnish to each worker “employment and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”

Visit Federal OSHA or Oregon OSHA for more information,

OSHA Provides Guidance on Recording Workplace Exposures to COVID-19

OSHA recordkeeping requirements at 29 CFR Part 1904 mandate covered employers record certain work-related injuries and illnesses on their OSHA 300 log.

COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. However, employers are only responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if all of the following are met:

    • The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see CDC information (link is external) on persons under investigation and presumptive positive and laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19);
    • The case is work-related, as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5 (link is external); and
    • The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 (link is external) (e.g. medical treatment beyond first-aid, days away from work).

For more information, click here.

Safety Links and Resources

COVID-19 Jobsite Practices

AGC has created these COVID-19 Jobsite Practices  posters for you to display on your jobsite in two sizes.

The Center for Construction Research and Training

The Center for Construction Research and Training has posted several resources to assist with managing COVID-19 within your organization. Please visit this link for more information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
US Department of Labor
Environmental Protection Agency

Clean Hands Save Lives

These videos were created as part of Health Matters, a series for the general public and public health professionals. View the videos

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