David Roche, Business Manager
From the desk of SMOHIT Administrator
FROM THE DESK OF RANDALL A. KROCKA
Our friends at the Center for Construction Training and Research (CPWR) and North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU) have compiled a helpful guidance briefing to help construction industry employers and workers stay healthy during these challenging times. See below for access to the full document.
In addition, we have been updating our SMOHIT website regularly as a clearinghouse to provide the most comprehensive and timely information available from credible sources. Please visit us here to stay up-to-date on the latest recommendations on COVID-19. https://www.smohit.org/covid-19-information/
CPWR Guidance on COVID-19
Check back here often for updates to this information:
In response to the construction industry’s questions regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the following are steps everyone should be taking now:
- Don’t go to work if you are feeling sick.
- Don’t shake hands when greeting others.
- Avoid large gatherings or meetings.
- Try to stay six feet away from others on job sites and in gatherings, meetings, and training sessions.
- Cover your mouth and nose with tissues if you cough or sneeze or do so into your elbow.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an
- alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
- It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
Construction industry employers should also:
- Create at least 6 feet of space between workers by staging/staggering crews to prevent droplet spread.
- Plan for office staff to have the ability to work from home.
- Provide soap and running water on all jobsites for frequent handwashing. If that is impossible, provide hand sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces on job sites and in offices—such as hand rails, door knobs, and portable toilets—frequently, per CDC guidelines: CLICK HERE
- If you work in healthcare facilities, train your workers in Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA). For information on CPWR’s ICRA training program, visit: HERE
Special guidance for older Americans and people with underlying health conditions:
Older adults and those with underlying health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are more at risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19. CDC has additional recommendations for these individuals here: HERE
Additional links from our federal government partners: