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COVID-19 Guidance Offered for Remodeling, Building Firms

WASHINGTON, DC — The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), an organization that represents 25 different construction trade associations including the National Association of Home Builders, has published guidance for construction employers and contractors, including kitchen/bath design and remodeling firms, on coronavirus exposure prevention, preparedness and response.

The guidance describes how to prevent worker exposure to the coronavirus, and details protective measures to be taken on construction job sites, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be used, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if a worker becomes ill.

The materials include a customizable response plan, notifications for employees, a checklist and quick reference guide, and a toolbox talk for employers. The guidance is organized into sections that include responsibilities of managers and supervisors, responsibilities of employees, job site protective measures, job site cleaning and disinfecting, job site exposure situations and OSHA recordkeeping.

Examples of guidance include:

  • Clean shared spaces such as trailers and break/lunchrooms at least once per day.
  • Disinfect shared surfaces (door handles, machinery controls, etc.) on a regular basis.
  • Avoid sharing tools with co-workers. If not, disinfect before and after each use.
  • Arrange for any portable job site toilets be cleaned by the leasing company at least twice per week and disinfected on the inside.

Companies conducting work on construction job sites are encouraged to download the guidance, customize it to their individual needs, and distribute or display the guidelines to workers.

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