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.

Safety Stand-Up to COVID-19

We are proud to share our first in a series of weekly job site Safety Stand-Up to COVID-19 video messages, which features Russ Batzer, 2020 Oregon-Columbia Chapter president. We encourage all companies to view this message and take the time to share with your workers on your job sites during a weekly job site Safety Stand-Up.

We will be posting a new job site Safety Stand-Up to COVID-19 video weekly with an updated message delivered by AGC officers and members. These messages can be viewed here, on our YouTube channel, or by using your device to scan the QR code on the AGC COVID-19 banners and posters that are displayed on job sites.

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 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.

Forms and Documents

COVID-19 Job Site Safety and Health Practices

Updated April 7


New! COVID-19 Job Site Practices Poster


New! COVID-19 Job site Be Smart: Stay 6 Feet Apart Banner (3′ x7′)

Job site banners are available now. 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, 503-685-8306.


What is Social Distancing? Flyer

[April 1] SAIF has created a document explaining social distancing and the responsibilities of a social distancing officer (SDO). View flyer. 


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

Updated April 7


AGC of America Documents


Site-Specific COVID-19 Work Plan


Other AGC Chapter Safety Documents

SAIF Updates

Application Available for SAIF Coronavirus Worker Safety Fund

[March 31] Last week SAIF announced that their board of directors had approved a $10 million coronavirus worker safety fund. The fund is designed to promote employee safety, reduce injuries, and decrease exposures by helping businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

The application is now available at saif.com/safetyfund, and we will accept submissions until all funds have been expended or until the fund is terminated.

Click here for a flyer.

The fund helps pay for expenses tied to preventing the spread of coronavirus at businesses or mitigating other coronavirus-related costs. Funds may be approved for costs related to worksite cleaning and disinfection, reopening businesses safely after a coronavirus-related closure, workspace modification or redesign related to safety or social distancing, and mental health and wellness initiatives.

If policyholders have questions specific to the safety fund, please contact safetyfund@saif.com.

OSHA Guidance

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.”


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.


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
Hand Sanitizer

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

  1. Sanirise
  2. Bulk Apothecary
  3. ArtNaturals
  4. DH Gate

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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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Event Calendar

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