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 third in a series of job site Safety Stand-Up to COVID-19 video messages, which features Steve Malany from P&C Construction, the chapter’s board secretary. We encourage all companies to view this message and take the time to share with your workers on your job sites during a Safety Stand-Up.

Here’s our previous video featuring Scott Williams, 2020 Oregon-Columbia Chapter second vice president:

Here’s our first video…Russ Batzer, 2020 Oregon-Columbia Chapter president:

We will be regularly posting new job site Safety Stand-Up to COVID-19 videos 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

Returning to the Office

Updated May 20


Social Distancing Officer Responsibilities

Updated April 7


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.


AGC of America Documents


Site-Specific COVID-19 Work Plan

Latest Guidance

Inslee issues additional guidance for construction, others in Phase 2

Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks.

Additionally, counties with a population of less than 75,000 that have not had a new case of COVID-19 in the past three weeks can apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 of “Safe Start” before other parts of the state. County variance applications will be approved or denied by the secretary of the Department of Health. Nine counties have received the variance.

For counties granted variance to move to Phase 2, all construction, including new work, is allowed, effective May 15.

Guidance documents:

Full list of guidance for all current businesses.


SAIF Coronavirus Worker Safety Fund Stops Accepting Applications

[May 4] On April 13 SAIF extended the coronavirus worker safety fund by an additional $15 million, for a total of $25 million in safety funds to combat the spread of coronavirus.

SAIF received an enormous response, with requests totaling close to four times the amount available. These requests came from large and small SAIF policyholders all around Oregon, in a broad range of industries.

SAIF is continuing to review and process the applications they have in hand, but they’ve determined that these requests will meet or exceed the amount of funding available. SAIF has therefore stopped accepting new applications. 

Businesses previously applying for funding should have received an acknowledgment of their applications. They should continue to submit documentation and receipts that support any existing applications. Saif will notify policyholders when eligibility decisions are made.

More information can be found at saif.com/safetyfund.


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.


AGC of America Weekly Coronavirus Safety Tips

[April 23] 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.


OSHA Alert: COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce

[April 22] OSHA is committed to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers and workplaces during these unprecedented times. Here is an alert they released on 4/22/20.


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!


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.


CDC New Interum Guideline for Critical Infrastructure Workers

[April 9] CDC published a new interim guidance document on April 8, 2020 for critical infrastructure workers who may have had exposure to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The guidance does not specifically address construction workers; however, because construction was not listed as a “non-essential business” in Oregon in the governor’s COVID-19 Executive Order No. EO-12, some of this guidance may be pertinent to construction operations.


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.”


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.

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

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.

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

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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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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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