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Project Site Restart Program and COVID-19 Virus Exposure Prevention Plan

The intention of this program is to act as a precautionary guide in order to reduce exposures and the spread of COVID-19 before returning to project sites AND during construction work activities.

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

Although the pandemic possibly originated from humans exposed to infected animals, SARS- CoV-2—like other coronaviruses—spreads between people and cause COVID-19. The CDC acknowledges that at this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 to people or that they might be a source of infection. According to the CDC, person-to-person transmission occurs during close (within 6 feet) contact with a person with COVID-19, primarily from respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets, particularly when aerosolized, can be deposited in the mouth, nose, or eyes of nearby people or be inhaled into the lungs. Airborne transmission from person-to-person over long distances (including as a result of evaporating droplets that leave behind infectious particles known as droplet nuclei) is believed to be unlikely. People can also become infected with COVID-19 by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus, and then touching their mouths, noses, or eyes. Current evidence suggests that the virus may remain viable for hours to days on a variety of surfaces.

Risk Exposure

According to OSHA, construction workers are considered to be at medium exposure risk. Medium exposure risk would be classified under jobs that require frequent close contact with people who may be infected, but who are not known to have or suspected of having COVID-19. Workers in this category include those who may have been in contact with the general public and/or work in highly populated work environments.However, other factors, such as conditions in communities where employees live and work, their activities outside of work (including travel to COVID-19-affected areas), and individual health conditions, may also affect workers' risk of receiving COVID-19 and/or developing complications from the illness.

Site Supervision Roles
  • General Contractor to disinfect typical areas of congregation including our temporary field offices, change rooms and lunch areas.
  • Limit occupancy of field office and employee change room/lunchrooms for social distancing.
  • Disperse hand cleaning supplies and maintain surplus of all sanitary supplies required for the employees.
  • Maintain a stockpile of face coverings for employee use.
  • Maintain a copy of this program on site.
  • Upon request, submit a copy of the program to the general contractor safety and health department.
  • Develop a re-introduction of the work force plan including re-orientation and new site rules and conditions based upon the plan of the General Contractor.
  • Obtain a make available employee hand sanitizers and face coverings at no cost to the employees.
  • Require that all their employees wash their hands thoroughly before and after an operation. General contractor to add hand washing and hand sanitizing stations throughout construction site.
  • Inspect all respective tools and equipment for guards and proper functioning. Clean all tools. This must be done prior to employee use and on a regular/frequent basis.
  • Assign specific tools for specific employee use.
  • When administrative controls are necessary such as working in close proximity to other trades, General contractor to erect temporary barriers to keep workers separate during the workday.
  • Always know precise locations of all respective employees and their daily work assignments.
  • Be prepared to share this information with the Owner, Construction Manager, General Contractor supervisory personnel.
  • If anyone is symptomatic send them home and do not let them on the site.
  • Immediately inform site management and safety and health personnel of this occurrence.
  • Coordinate with respective General Contractors the work location of the sick individual and attempt to investigate who the employee was in contact within the workplace in the last 48 hours.
  • Determine potentially infected employees and send them home and instruct the individuals to get tested.
  • Ensure all workforce is removed from the area.
  • Work with the General Contractor to effectively close off the work area of the individual. (Establish barriers / controlled access zones to the potentially contaminated areas.)
  • Ensure the safety and health department is notified of occurrence.
  • Permit the workforce to enter the area only when this is clarified.
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