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Action Required for all Employers! New Department of Labor Emergency Regulations

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.

Department of Labor and Industry Emergency Regulations- HBAV Webinar Replay Available Now!

  • The Home Builders Association of Virginia held a webinar last week to review the emergency standard regulations, which apply to all employers in Virginia.
  • Companies have 30 to 60 days to implement these standards, based on their risk classification. Construction has been classified as medium risk.
  • For a copy of the webinar materials, presented by David Burton of Williams Mullen, click here. To access a replay of the program, click here and use this password: ^S4RDpS2
  • HBAR staff continues to work with local municipalities on all matters impacting local construction and development. Check the County Updates page of our website for the most up to date information for all of HBAR’s localities.
  • On the national level, NAHB is committed to keeping members informed on pandemic-related economic and legislative issues and is working to minimize the impact on the housing industry. Click here for the COVID-19 Resource Center.
  • HBAR is committed to your success. Your membership allowed us to fight to keep your job sites operational. Now more than ever, a strong association is vital to keep construction moving in the Richmond Region. If you’re not a member, contact us and find out what we can do for you. If you are already enjoying all of the benefits of membership, make sure you renew!

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

DOLI Resources

Updated Job Site Coronavirus Guidance Includes New Advice for Face Coverings, Visitors

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.

10-Pt Plan for Safety on the Jobsite poster English: 10-pt Plan (English)  and Spanish: 10-pt Plan (Spanish) 

Prevent Corona Virus/Handwashing: English: Prevent Corona Virus (English)  and Spanish: Prevent Corona Virus (Spanish).

CDC safety poster can be found here: English and Spanish.

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

Resources in Spanish

COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan for Construction

NAHB is a leading member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), which has provided a detailed plan to outline the steps that every employer and employee can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. CLICK HERE FOR RESOURCES FOR JOB SITES (English and Spanish versions)
SBA Low-interest Disaster Loans: CLICK HERE for information and details on how to apply (info also attached)

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:

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.

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