COVID-19 Protection on the Worksite
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought dramatic change to nearly every sector of the national economy, including the homebuilding industry. Fortunately, residential construction, which employs millions of workers nationwide, is essential to the health of America’s economy, just as the homes we work together to build are essential to the wellbeing of American families. Consequently, residential construction has been identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as an essential industry during America’s response to the COVID‐19 pandemic. For more information on essential industry designations see: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce
The unique character of our industry, with its open-space worksites, tightly controlled scheduling of crews and deliveries, and frequent demand for close teamwork in construction tasks, creates challenges we must meet in order to deliver critically needed new housing while minimizing health risks to your crews.Unquestionably, the current crisis demands additional safety procedures and new ways of approaching many aspects of our work. This course, COVID-19 Protection on the Worksite, draws together information from the industry, OSHA and CDC to provide trade contractor forepersons with the tools they need to promote the social distancing and safe jobsite practices that will help limit the potential for the transmission of COVID-19 on homebuilding worksites.