The Department of Labor released updates (effective as of July 27) to enact official emergency workplace standards to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Businesses have 60 days to comply with these safety standards and will receive the tolls and guidance to do so in the next two weeks from the Home Builders Association of Virginia in conjunction with Williams Mullen via webinar.
HBAR will alert our members as soon as webinar details become available. In the meantime, please reference the following information from HBAR’s Legislative Counsel, Williams Mullen.
DOLI Emergency Regulation
The Department of Labor and Industries (DOLI) Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program and the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board have adopted emergency temporary standard for: Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19, §16VAC25-220.
- Employers’ Obligations to Employees Effective the Week of July 27, 2020
- Outreach, Education and Training for the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard, 16VAC25-22
- Text of Regulation
- Training Certification Form (Note: this link will direct you to the DOLI Resource Center where this form can be found)
- Nine Steps to Achieve COVID-19 ETS Compliance
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Training Presentation
- Hazard Assessment (Note: this link will direct you to the DOLI Resource Center where this information can be found)
- Infectious Disease Plan Template (Note: this link will direct you to the DOLI Resource Center where this information can be found)
- Lower Risk Training
- Toolbox Talks
PRINT and POST these posters at your job sites and work places as a constant reminder. Please use these resources to help navigate your business challenges, and above all else, stay safe and healthy as we work through this time together.
Also, the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) has provided a list of materials (see links below) you can post to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to your job sites and work places.
The CDC has other posters and materials in large sizes (English and Spanish) that can help keep you and your sites safe HERE.
Resources in English
- CISC Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction
- Jobsite safety poster
- Jobsite safety poster (Large – 11×17)
- NAHB Encourages Members to Donate Masks to Fight Coronavirus
Resources in Spanish
- CISC Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction (Spanish)
- OSHA: COVID-19 (Spanish)
- Jobsite safety poster (Spanish)
- Jobsite safety poster (Large – 11×17 – Spanish)
COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan for Construction
How to Clean Your Phone to Help Protect Against Coronavirus It’s one thing to stop touching your face. It’s another to stop touching the things that touch your face. CLICK HERE for article from the NY Times
Links to important information for easy access:
- Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) COVID-19 County Updates
- Home Builders Association of Virginia (HBAV) COVID-19 Resources Links
- Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR) COVID-19 Resource Page
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Information for Real Estate Professionals and Builders regarding Model Homes and Property Showings (COVID-19)
UPDATE - May 6th, 2020
NAHB has published a video toolbox talk that demonstrates proper safety precautions for workers on a home building job site to prevent the transmission of the new coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 illness.
The video, available in English and Spanish, is intended to provide live examples of guidance NAHB has provided to members during the coronavirus crisis, including materials created for the COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down held April 16.
Many residential construction firms have been allowed to continue work throughout the state shutdowns, and all states will allow construction activities to resume shortly. Every indication is that the new coronavirus threat will not be going away any time soon, however, and proper virus transmission safety will need to be followed for the foreseeable future.
Protecting all construction workers will depend on following basic infection prevention measures such as practicing good personal hygiene and following job-site safety practices to prevent the spread of the virus.
Examples of practices demonstrated in the video that are specific to the construction industry 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
In the absence of N95 respirators, protect workers from dust using work control methods
- Practice social distancing by maintaining six feet between each worker, when possible
Use cloth face protectors and masks to prevent virus transmission
- These videos were developed in conjunction with the Job-Site Safety Institute and the National Housing Endowment.
Watch the video here, and visit the video toolbox talk page for the Spanish version and a one-page handout for workers.
*NAHB may require you to login, if you do not have your login information, please email Shannon AMerson at email@example.com*