OSHA issues guidance to help construction workers during pandemic

June 2, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a web page with COVID-19-related guidance for construction employers and workers. The guidance includes recommended actions to reduce the risk of exposure.

Employers of workers engaged in construction activities such as drilling and earthmoving should remain alert to changing outbreak conditions, OSHA says in a release, including as they relate to community spread of the virus and testing availability. Employers should implement infection prevention measures accordingly.

The web page includes information regarding:

  • Using physical barriers, such as walls, closed doors, or plastic sheeting, to separate workers from individuals at the jobsite who may be experiencing signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Keeping in-person meetings (including toolbox talks and safety meetings) as short as possible, limiting the number of workers in attendance, and using social-distancing practices
  • Staggering work schedules, such as alternating workdays or extra shifts, to reduce the total number of employees on a jobsite at any given time and to ensure physical distancing.

Click here to view the web page.

For additional information on safe practices, visit the NGWA COVID-19 news and resources section.