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.

 We are asking all of you to implement and strictly follow social distancing and sanitation requirements not only at work, but in all situations. Be safe for you and be safe for your families and those of your co-workers.

 

Online Training

Online Oregon COVID-19 Safety Training

Per Governor Kate Brown’s March 23 Executive Order, all companies open for business are required to appoint a social distancing officer (SDO). In an effort to help members comply with this directive, AGC has prepared a COVID-19 training course. This self-directed, online tool offers instruction for SDOs as well as job site planning and disinfecting best practices. Click here to register.

COVID-19 Safety Links and Resources

Oregon COVID-19 FAQ

Updated Sept 22

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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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COVID-19 Job Site Safety and Health Practices

Updated April 7

Click here to view the blog, or click here to download the document.

Click here to download in Spanish


Social Distancing Officer Responsibilities

Updated April 7

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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.

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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′)

Job site banners are available. If you are a participant in the AGC/SAIF workers’ comp program, you should have been contacted by your safety management consultant. Contact your safety management consultant or Lisa Wisler, 971-808-6273.

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: tech.web@oregon.gov. 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.”

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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, workingsafe.agc.org, 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)

COVID-19


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.

WorkerHealthSafety.org also contains other industrial hygiene resources for construction

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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 agc.membersavings.com, 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 cintas@membersavings.com

Learn more about all of AGC’s Member Discount Programs here: www.agc.org/SAVE


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

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Cleaning of Tools to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19

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