COVID 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.

Be safe for you and be safe for your families and those of your co-workers.

Governor Kate Brown Announces Statewide Outdoor Mask Requirements

[August 24] Governor Kate Brown today announced new statewide outdoor mask requirements to help stop the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. Effective Friday, August 27, masks will be required in most public outdoor settings, including large outdoor events, where physical distancing is not possible, and regardless of vaccination status. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) also strongly recommends masking for outdoor gatherings at private residences when individuals from different households do not consistently maintain physical distance.

“The Delta variant is spreading fast and wide, throwing our state into a level of crisis we have not yet seen in the pandemic. Cases and hospitalizations are at a record high,” said Governor Brown. “Masks are a quick and simple tool we can immediately deploy to protect ourselves and our families, and quickly help stop further spread of COVID-19.

“The Delta variant is much more contagious than previous variants we’ve seen, and it has dramatically increased the amount of virus in our communities. Masks have proven to be effective at bringing case counts down, and are a necessary measure right now, even in some outdoor settings, to help fight COVID and protect one another.”

Under the Governor’s direction, the OHA rule will require masks for all individuals — regardless of vaccination status — in outdoor settings in which individuals from different households are unable to consistently maintain physical distance. The rule does not apply to fleeting encounters, such as two individuals walking by one another on a trail or in a park. While the rule does not apply to outdoor gatherings at private residences, masks are strongly recommended in those settings when individuals from different households do not consistently maintain physical distance.

“It is much easier for people with the Delta variant, compared to people who were sick last year, to infect others around them,” said State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger. “This is because they have one thousand times more virus in their nose – which means that those around them are much more likely to get sick because this variant behaves so differently. We are starting to see instances where cases are clustering around events, like outdoor music festivals, that happen outdoors. Wearing masks in crowded settings – even outdoors – will help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The rule aligns with the exceptions outlined in the recent statewide indoor mask requirements, and does not apply to:

  • Children under 5 years old;
  • Individuals who are actively eating, drinking, or sleeping — as well as individuals living outdoors, such as persons experiencing houselessness;
  • Persons playing or practicing competitive sports, or engaged in an activity in which it is not feasible to wear a mask — such as swimming;
  • Individuals delivering a speech or performing — such as with outdoor music or theater;
  • Mask requirements for day-to-day operations at K-12 schools are not governed by this rule, and will instead continue to fall under the school mask rule. Outside public events, spectator events, and gatherings of the general public on K-12 school grounds will be subject to the rule. Child care and youth programs will continue to follow existing OHA mask guidance; and
  • In addition, entities subject to the ADA must continue to comply with that law.

The OHA rule will go into effect this Friday, August 27, however Oregonians are strongly encouraged to immediately start wearing masks outdoors, as outlined above.

Governor Brown continued, “The combination of vaccines and masks is the most powerful way we can fight this latest surge of COVID-19 and save lives. Vaccination continues to be the best way you can protect yourself and your family from the Delta variant, and the most effective way we can help our exhausted nurses and doctors, who are working around the clock to treat Oregonians sick with COVID in our ICUs — the majority of which are unvaccinated individuals. With the full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine this week, we have additional reassurance that the vaccines are safe and effective.”

Statewide Mask Mandate Effective Today

[August 13] Following this week’s announcement from Gov. Brown that she will reinstate the statewide mask mandate, effective today, Aug. 13, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) have published new rules and guidance for indoor public settings. Read more

Workplace Advisory Memo: Interim Guidance in re the Status of Temporary Rule Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks

[August 13] New memo provides the most current guidance regarding the temporary changes made to the rule adopted on May 4, 2021, as well as enforcement guidance regarding provisions of that rule that have currently been determined by Oregon OSHA to reflect merely technical violations of the rule that will not be cited. It incorporates both the temporary rule changes adopted June 30, 2021, and subsequent enforcement policy decisions. View the memo.

Oregon OSHA Vaccination Guidance

[May 20] Oregon OSHA has published clarifying information regarding vaccination status and facial coverings. Please click here to link directly to the OSHA document.

OHA Business Guidance

[May 18] The Oregon Health Authority has created this document to help clarify questions regarding Oregon OSHA workplace requirements and vaccinated employees.

Face Covering/Mask Update

[May 14] This morning, we received the following information from Kevin Cannon, AGC of America’s director of Safety and Health Services:

“We are well aware of the updated CDC guidance and the confusion that it will create among contractors and employees. To date, OSHA has not updated their most recent guidance issued on January 29, which states that employers are not to distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals as it relates to masks and social distancing policies:

Not distinguishing between workers who are vaccinated and those who are not: Workers who are vaccinated must continue to follow protective measures, such as wearing a face covering and remaining physically distant, because at this time, there is not evidence that COVID-19 vaccines prevent transmission of the virus from person-to-person. The CDC explains that experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

While we view this as a positive development, the conflicting information, and OSHA’s reliance on outdated information, is not helpful. AGC of America expressed concerns with both the CDC and OSHA and will continue to monitor any developments regarding this issue and provide updates accordingly. Until such time, AGCA is advising members to continue with their current policies to avoid any potential enforcement actions by OSHA.”

Currently, there are no changes to how jobsites and contractors should treat face coverings and distancing requirements. The new mask guidance is for public spaces, and does not yet extend to workplaces. We recommend that contractors in Oregon and Washington continue to follow current jobsite guidance until there is clear and aligned guidance from federal, state, and local government agencies.

In addition, if your company has adopted a vaccination policy, we encourage you to keep that in place until guidelines are clarified.

In Oregon there is a new Oregon OSHA COVID-19 standard that is in place until the rule is rescinded; the first meeting to discuss changes to the rule is scheduled for the week of July 12. Washington does not have a written OSHA standard, but the federal OSHA language applies in the State of Washington during the state of emergency.

This is a rapidly changing situation that will continue to evolve over the coming days and weeks, and we encourage you to come back to this site for updated info.

Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Permanent Rule

[May 10] Oregon OSHA released the COVID-19 permanent rule on May 4, 2021. AGC has prepared a document for members addressing the provisions that most impact our industry.

OSHA Regulation and COVID-19

[April 6] Since March 2020, the AGC Safety and Public Affairs teams have worked together to ensure that the construction industry was able to continue working, despite many other industries and sectors being shuttered in response to COVID-19. Our focus on safety and best practices has kept Oregon’s construction industry as a model to other industries of how to implement safety measures and keep workplaces safe. We have to keep up this dedication to safety and required precautions, to make sure that our industry can stay open for business.

AGC has been actively engaged in the rulemaking process at Oregon OSHA for the COVID-19 temporary and permanent rules, to ensure that OSHA considers the realities of construction jobsites when making these rules. We have been able to eliminate some of the worst provisions of the rules…Read more

OR OSHA Temporary COVID-19 Rule

Online Training

Online Oregon COVID-19 Safety Training

OR-OSHA has published a COVID-19 Temporary Rule that will be in effect for 180 days. AGC Oregon-Columbia chapter is helping our members, and the industry, meet the employee training requirement of this rule by providing a web based interactive training module.  Training can be accomplished on an individual basis and a certificate of completion will be issued after successful completion of the competency exam.

The course is self-directed and can be taken at any time, from any place. Employees can complete the training on a job site with internet connection, an office or the comfort of home and takes roughly 30 minutes.

Register Online

COVID-19 Construction Task Force Leave Resources

Updated Nov 30

Statewide Freeze Guidance – Masks, Face Coverings, Face Shields

[November 18] The Oregon Health Authority has released updated guidance on masks, face coverings, and face shields in accordance with the new statewide freeze. This latest statewide face covering guidance affects all workplaces, including indoor and outdoor construction sites and office environments. Click here to view the document.

COVID-19 Outbreak Response Procedures – Oregon

Updated Nov 18

COVID-19 Job Site Guidance for Construction Operations

Updated Nov 11

Sample Risk Assessment & Infection Control Forms

Updated Nov 11

  • AGC SAIF Group Members: please contact your SMC for a copy of the forms.
  • AGC Non SAIF Members: please contact Lisa Wisler, 971-808-6273, for a copy of the forms.

COVID-19 Jobsite Posters

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

State of Washington – New COVID-19 Restrictions

Updated Nov 17

CDC Updated Guidance

Updated Nov 17

What Construction Workers Need to Know About COVID-19.

COVID-19 Safety Links and Resources

Oregon COVID-19 FAQ

Updated Sept 22

Download the document

We’ve also created short video clips with answers to some of the most asked questions:

What Should I Do if I Have a Suspected or Confirmed Case of COVID-19?

Are Face Coverings Required on Oregon Job Sites Full Time?

Can OR OSHA Write Citations for COVID-19 Related Issues?

Can We Require an Employee to Notify the Company After Exposure to COVID-19?

Making Sense of Oregon Requirements – Understanding Physical Distancing and Face Coverings

Updated Aug 11

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COVID-19 Outbreak Response Procedures

Updated Sept 22

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

Released March 23

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.

Download the document

COVID-19 Jobsite Practices

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

8.5 x 11 Jobsite Practices Poster

11 x 17 Jobsite Practices Poster

COVID-19 Jobsite Be Smart: Stay 6 Feet Apart Banner (3′ x7′)

Contact your safety management consultant or Lisa Wisler, 971-808-6273, for more information.

Latest Guidance

OSHA COVID-19 Temporary Rules

[October 9] The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has produced an updated draft of the COVID-19 rules.

This draft makes several changes from the Aug. 17 draft. First, it removes the requirement that employers provide two weeks of paid leave. However, the division has attempted to craft the rule so that any absences due to the need to quarantine come with employment protections. This is a significant win. We had argued with the division and legislators that a paid leave requirement went well beyond the division’s authority. The sanitization requirements are significantly improved as they only require that surfaces be cleaned at least every 24 hours. Added to the rules is a requirement that all employers conduct an exposure risk assessment with feedback from employees. There are also significant new requirements related to HVAC systems.

The division expects to adopt the temporary rule by Oct. 21 with an effective date of Nov. 1. Click here for more information about the rulemaking. Information provided by Oregon Business and Industry.

Oregon OSHA Issues Draft Emergency Temporary Standards Related to COVID-19

[August 24] On August 17, 2020, Oregon become one of the first states in the country to propose formal rules for the workplace related to COVID-19. Oregon OSHA is currently accepting public comment through August 31, 2020, on the draft temporary rules. The temporary rules would go into effect no later than September 14, 2020, and be effective for 180 days. A copy of the proposed temporary rule from Oregon OSHA can be found here.

The proposed rule is broken down into three different categories. The first category of requirements would apply to all workplaces in the state. The second category of requirements applies to those workplaces that have “close-in” work activities. Workplaces are considered to have “close-in” work activities if an employee is required to be within 6 feet of another individual for 15 minutes or longer and includes the direct touching of another individual. Examples of “close-in” work activities provided by Oregon OSHA include tattooing, massage, hair dressers, barbers, and make-up artists. The third category of requirements applies to health care activities that involve direct patient care.

Many of the requirements proposed by Oregon OSHA should not come as a surprise to employers because they largely reflect the guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and CDC. They include requirements for physical distancing, use of physical barriers and face coverings, and sanitation policies and procedures. However, the proposed rule also requires employers to post Oregon OSHA’s “COVID-19 Hazards Poster,” notify employees of physical distancing requirements and how they’ll be implemented, and provide opportunities for workers to offer feedback. For workplaces with 25 or more employees, the employer must also designate a social distancing officer to help identify and enforce the policies and procedures outlined in the proposed rule.

Lastly, the proposed rule also requires employers to address the medical removal of employees who have COVID-19 symptoms, are undergoing testing, or otherwise require isolation. The rule requires employers to reassign employees to duties that do not involve in-person contact if that employee’s medical provider or a public health official recommends isolation or quarantine. If reassignment is not possible, the employer must provide the employee with leave, either under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) or as paid “reassignment” leave. Notably, the medical removal requirements would apply regardless of whether the exposure occurs while the employee is at work.

The proposed rule is only the first draft, and we expect some changes before it becomes final after the public comment period has ended. If you would like to submit comments to Oregon OSHA regarding the proposed rule, they can be emailed to: Comments are being accepted through August 31, 2020.

If you have any questions about this proposed rule, please contact Josh Dennis, 503-796-2985, or Amanda Gamblin, 503-796-2903.

Information provided by Schwabe, Wiliason & Wyatt.

Expanded Temporary Enforcement Guidance on Respiratory Protection Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces in All Industries During the Coronavirus

[April 14] Federal OSHA has issued a memo on temporary enforcement for respiratory fit testing. Read more

OSHA Further Clarifies Employer Requirement to Record and Report COVID-19 Cases

[April 10] On April 10, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued temporary guidance for recording cases of COVID-19 that provides relief to the construction industry.

In an earlier letter to OSHA leadership, AGC, along with our industry partners on the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), requested the agency re-evaluate its decision to treat cases of employees contracting COVID-19 as recordable incidents. In the letter, industry representatives recommended that only healthcare providers, and similar professions, should be required to report these cases on their logs because they are routinely in direct contact with people with confirmed cases and are at greatest risk.

In line with our request, today’s announcement provides certainty to the construction industry and helps contractors focus their response efforts on implementing good hygiene practices in their workplaces and otherwise mitigating COVID-19’s effects.

Specifically, the agency states that in areas where there is ongoing community transmission, employers other than those in the healthcare industry, emergency response organizations (e.g., emergency medical, firefighting and law enforcement services), and correctional institutions may have difficulty making determinations about whether workers who contracted COVID-19 did so due to exposures at work. Accordingly, until further notice, OSHA will not enforce its recordkeeping requirements to require these employers to make work-relatedness determinations for COVID-19 cases, except where: (1) There is objective evidence that a COVID-19 case may be work-related; and (2) The evidence was reasonably available to the employer. Employers of workers in the healthcare industry, emergency response organizations and correctional institutions must continue to make work-relatedness determinations.

To view OSHA’s full enforcement memo, click here.

Oregon OSHA Warns of Job Site Scammers Related to COVID-19

[April 3] As Oregon OSHA evaluates and inspects complaints about potential workplace hazards related to the coronavirus outbreak, the division wants employers and workers to keep an important message in mind: Don’t be fooled by scammers.

The division said it has received multiple reports of fraudulent activity. The activity includes people showing up at job sites and pretending to be division compliance officers. The fraudsters attempt to issue thousands of dollars in fines and demand immediate cash payments.

That is not how Oregon OSHA operates.

“It is deeply troubling and unfortunate that scammers see such challenging times as opportunities to take advantage, and hurt people and businesses,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “We strongly urge employers and workers to take all precautions. When something seems off, it likely is.”

Here are some things to keep in mind about how Oregon OSHA operates:

At the beginning of an inspection – when compliance officers introduce themselves to owner representatives, operators, or agents in charge at workplaces – they present their credentials.

If the division conducts an inspection and identifies violations, its normal citation processing takes at least two weeks following the closing of an inspection. The actual penalties for any particular violation involves a number of factors. There is never a demand for immediate cash payment of a proposed fine.

If you are unsure if someone showing up at your job site is an Oregon OSHA employee, call 503-378-3272 or 800-922-2689 (toll-free) (inside Oregon only).

For more information, contact Oregon OSHA.

For more information about Oregon OSHA workplace guidance and resources related to the coronavirus outbreak, click here.

If you believe you have been a victim of a COVID-19 scam, click here to report it to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Oregon OSHA Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Requirements

[March 31] Oregon Occupational Safety and Health has issued information in their frequently asked questions about workplace requirements, click here to read more.

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.”

Download the document

View short video clips with answers to some of the most asked COVID-19 questions:

Safety Stand-Up to COVID-19

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



AGC of America Documents

• AGC of America released a new coronavirus safety kit. The kit includes safety tips and a host of other resources firms can use to help protect workers, and the public, from the spread of the coronavirus. You can download that kit here. It is absolutely essential that all firms that are still taking every possible precaution.

Proactive Measures for Addressing COVID-19 (3/26)

AGC of America Weekly Coronavirus Safety Tips

[July 29] AGC of America’s safety team has released the first in a new series of weekly coronavirus safety tips HERE. Please review these tips with your teams and make sure to remind everyone on staff to comply with all coronavirus safety procedures. There is no margin for error, after all, when it comes to protecting workers and the public from the coronavirus. You can find the new weekly safety tips here.

AGC of America Launches New Website

[April 14] AGCA’s new website,, is designed to highlight how the construction industry is working to protect construction workers and the public from the spread of the coronavirus. It highlights many of the steps firms are taking to protect workers, and includes photos of different examples of these practices. Check it out!

CPWR: The Center for Construction Research and Training

CPWR: 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.

COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Coronavirus Disease – 2019

US Department of Labor

Guidance on preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (publication)

Environmental Protection Agency

Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

• Press Release: EPA Expands COVID-19 Disinfectant List

Contractors Performing Work in Washington:
Phase-I Construction Re-Start: Resources for Contractors

[April 28] AGC of Washington continues to gather and post information to help our members through these challenging times. Our latest addition is the Phase-I COVID-Recovery Safety Resources page, which helps to clarify various issues and aspects regarding the Governor’s phase-I construction re-start. Click the page link above to see the latest.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

Keeping Construction Workers Safe & Healthy During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), has resources to help construction employers manage and control COVID-19 exposures.

Focus on Construction Health: COVID-19 – Most construction employers have put measures in place to control COVID-19 exposures. Are those measures effective? Could they be improved? AIHA’s Construction Committee recently published this guide to help contractors develop or improve their COVID-19 control plan. Available as a free download, the guide discusses key exposure factors that make certain construction tasks more hazardous. It also provides a practical and easy-to-use seven-step plan for protecting workers on jobsites. It walks the reader through a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) (or Job Hazard Analysis, JHA), to tailor preventive measures to jobsite-specific tasks and changing conditions. also contains other industrial hygiene resources for construction

Hand Sanitizer Through AGCA Cintas Program

As we navigate through this unprecedented event of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cintas is committed to helping the construction industry.

The Cintas AGC Discount Program provides Uniform & Facility Services Rental and National First Aid & Safety Services to any location that choose to participate at pricing which reflects Associated General Contractors of America’s nationwide buying power. With 10,000 trucks across North America, Cintas has the resources to help keep your business clean and safe. Bulk order of hand sanitizer and face shields are available for AGC’s members who participate in this program (supply may be limited).

Please visit, fill form and check COVID-PPE box. A representative will reach out to you as soon as possible.

Questions? Please reach out to Henry Luong-Tran at

Learn more about all of AGC’s Member Discount Programs here:

Disinfecting Fall Protection Equipment – COVID-19 Concerns

With the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolving, 3M has received numerous inquiries regarding disinfecting processes for fall protection equipment. As these processes have not had the opportunity to be fully tested and validated on our products, 3M prepared this FAQ to help provide you guidance.

Hand Sanitizer

Five resources for hand sanitizer. Availability changes rapidly, so it may no longer be available.

  1. Sanirise
  2. Bulk Apothecary
  3. ArtNaturals
  4. DH Gate
  5. Zefon International


Cleaning of Tools to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19

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