"Phase 1 Construction Restart Covid-19 Job Site Requirements" - Washington

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Phase 1 Construction Restart
COVID-19 Job Site Requirements
Phase 1: Low-risk construction work resumes.
Any existing construction projects complying with the points below may resume only
those work activities that do not require workers to be closer than six-feet together.
If a work activity requires workers to be closer than six-feet, it is not considered low-
risk and is not authorized. Adherence to the physical distancing requirement and the
health and safety points below will be strictly enforced.
Prior to recommencing work all contractors are required to develop and post at each job site a comprehensive
COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation, and recovery plan. The plan must include policies regarding the
following control measures: PPE utilization; on-site social distancing; hygiene; sanitation; symptom monitoring;
incident reporting; site decontamination procedures; COVID-19 safety training; exposure response procedures;
and a post-exposure incident project wide recovery plan. A copy of the plan must be available on each job site
during any construction activities and available for inspection by state and local authorities. Failure to meet
posting requirements will result in sanctions up to and including the job being shut down.
All Contractors are required to post at each job site written notice to employees, subcontractors and
government officials the Phase 1 work that will be performed at that job site and signed commitment to
adhere to the requirements listed in this document.
All contractors have a general obligation to keep a safe and healthy worksite in accordance with state and
federal law. Failure to follow these requirements will be considered a violation of these duties and be penalized
accordingly. Under RCW 49.17.060, “each employer shall furnish to each of their employees a place of
employment free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause serious injury or death to his or her
employees and shall comply with the rules, regulations, and orders promulgated under this chapter.” The
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is
responsible for workplace safety and health, including inspections and enforcement, consultation, technical
assistance, training, education and grants.
All contractors are also required to comply with the following COVID-19 worksite-specific safety practices, as
outlined in Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation 20-25, and in accordance with the
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries General Coronavirus Prevention Under Stay Home-Stay
Healthy Order (DOSH Directive 1.70:
https://www.lni.wa.gov/safety-health/safety-rules/enforcement-
policies/DD170.pdf) and the Washington State Department of Health Workplace and Employer Resources &
Recommendations at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Coronavirus/workplace.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s Construction Working Group
Recommendations
4/23/2020
Phase 1 Construction Restart
COVID-19 Job Site Requirements
Phase 1: Low-risk construction work resumes.
Any existing construction projects complying with the points below may resume only
those work activities that do not require workers to be closer than six-feet together.
If a work activity requires workers to be closer than six-feet, it is not considered low-
risk and is not authorized. Adherence to the physical distancing requirement and the
health and safety points below will be strictly enforced.
Prior to recommencing work all contractors are required to develop and post at each job site a comprehensive
COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation, and recovery plan. The plan must include policies regarding the
following control measures: PPE utilization; on-site social distancing; hygiene; sanitation; symptom monitoring;
incident reporting; site decontamination procedures; COVID-19 safety training; exposure response procedures;
and a post-exposure incident project wide recovery plan. A copy of the plan must be available on each job site
during any construction activities and available for inspection by state and local authorities. Failure to meet
posting requirements will result in sanctions up to and including the job being shut down.
All Contractors are required to post at each job site written notice to employees, subcontractors and
government officials the Phase 1 work that will be performed at that job site and signed commitment to
adhere to the requirements listed in this document.
All contractors have a general obligation to keep a safe and healthy worksite in accordance with state and
federal law. Failure to follow these requirements will be considered a violation of these duties and be penalized
accordingly. Under RCW 49.17.060, “each employer shall furnish to each of their employees a place of
employment free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause serious injury or death to his or her
employees and shall comply with the rules, regulations, and orders promulgated under this chapter.” The
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is
responsible for workplace safety and health, including inspections and enforcement, consultation, technical
assistance, training, education and grants.
All contractors are also required to comply with the following COVID-19 worksite-specific safety practices, as
outlined in Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation 20-25, and in accordance with the
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries General Coronavirus Prevention Under Stay Home-Stay
Healthy Order (DOSH Directive 1.70:
https://www.lni.wa.gov/safety-health/safety-rules/enforcement-
policies/DD170.pdf) and the Washington State Department of Health Workplace and Employer Resources &
Recommendations at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Coronavirus/workplace.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s Construction Working Group
Recommendations
4/23/2020
COVID-19 Site Supervisor
1. A site-specific COVID-19 Supervisor shall be designated by the contractor at every job site to
monitor the health of employees and enforce the COVID-19 job site safety plan. A designated
COVID-19 Supervisor must be present at all times during construction activities, except this
requirement only applies on single-family residential job sites whenever there are 7 or more people
on the site.
COVID-19 Safety Training
2. A Safety Stand-Down/toolbox talk/tailgate training must be conducted on all job sites on the first
day of returning to work, and weekly thereafter, to explain the protective measures in place for all
workers. Social distancing must be maintained at all gatherings.
3. Attendance will be communicated verbally and the trainer will sign in each attendee.
4. COVID-19 safety requirements shall be visibly posted on each jobsite.
Social Distancing
5. Social distancing of at least 6 feet of separation must be maintained by every person on the worksite
at all times.
6. Gatherings of any size must be precluded by taking breaks and lunch in shifts. Any time two or more
persons must meet, ensure minimum 6 feet of separation.
7. Identify “choke points” and “high-risk areas” on job sites where workers typically congregate and
control them so social distancing is always maintained.
8. Minimize interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials, ensure minimum 6-
foot separation.
9. To the extent practical allow only one trade/subcontractor at a time on a jobsite and maintain 6-foot
separation social distancing for each member of that trade. If more than one trade/subcontractor
must be on the job to complete the job then at a minimum all trades and subcontractors must
maintain social distancing policies in accordance with this guidance.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Employer Provided
10. Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, face shields and face masks as
appropriate, or required, for the activity being performed.
11. Masks, in accordance with Washington Department of Health guidelines
(https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/ClothFacemasks.pdf), or as
required by Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) safety rules, must be worn at all
times by every employee on the worksite.
12. Eye protection must be worn at all times by every employee while on worksite.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s Construction Working Group
Recommendations
4/23/2020
13. Gloves must be worn at all times by every employee while on worksite. The type of glove worn
should be appropriate to the task. If gloves are not typically required for the task, then any type of
glove is acceptable, including latex gloves.
14. If appropriate PPE cannot be provided, the worksite must be shut down.
Sanitation and Cleanliness
15. Soap and running water shall be abundantly provided on all job sites for frequent handwashing.
Workers should be encouraged to leave their workstations to wash their hands regularly, before and
after going to the bathroom, before and after eating and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their
nose.
16. When running water is not available, portable washing stations, with soap, are required, per WAC
296-155-140 2(a) – (f). Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70%
isopropanol can also be used, but are not a replacement for the water requirement.
17. Post, in areas visible to all workers, required hygienic practices, including not to touch face with
unwashed hands or with gloves; washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects
and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, machines, shared tools,
elevator control buttons, and doorknobs; covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
as well as other hygienic recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
18. Make disinfectants available to workers throughout the worksite and ensure cleaning supplies are
frequently replenished.
19. Frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces on job sites and in offices, such as shared tools,
machines, vehicles and other equipment, handrails, doorknobs, and portable toilets. If these areas
cannot be cleaned and disinfected frequently, the jobsite shall be shut down until such measures
can be achieved and maintained.
20. When the worksite is an occupied home, workers should sanitize work areas upon arrival,
throughout the workday and immediately before they leave, and occupants should keep a personal
distance of at least 10 feet.
21. If an employee reports feeling sick and goes home, the area where that person worked should be
immediately disinfected.
Employee Health/Symptoms
22. Create policies which encourage workers to stay home or leave the worksite when feeling sick or
when they have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case. If they develop symptoms of
acute respiratory illness, they must seek medical attention and inform their employer.
23. Have employees inform their supervisors if they have sick family member at home with COVID-19. If
an employee has a family member sick with COVID-19, that employee must follow the
isolation/quarantine requirements as established by the State Department of Health.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s Construction Working Group
Recommendations
4/23/2020
24. Screen all workers at the beginning of their shift by taking their temperature and asking them if they
have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, or new loss of taste or smell.
Thermometers used shall be ‘no touch’ or ‘no contact’ to the greatest extent possible. If a ‘no touch’
or ‘no contact’ thermometer is not available, the thermometer must be properly sanitized between
each use. Any worker with a temperature of 100.4°F or higher is considered to have a fever and
must be sent home.
25. Instruct workers to report to their supervisor if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever,
cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, or new loss of taste or smell). If symptoms
develop during a shift, the worker should be immediately sent home. If symptoms develop while the
worker is not working, the worker should not return to work until they have been evaluated by a
healthcare provider.
26. Failure of employees to comply will result in employees being sent home during the emergency
actions.
27. Employees who do not believe it is safe to work shall be allowed to remove themselves from
the worksite and employers must follow the expanded family and medical leave requirements
included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act or allow the worker to use
unemployment benefits, paid time off, or any other available form of paid leave available to the
worker at the workers discretion.
28. Any worker coming to work on a construction site in Washington from any state that is not
contiguous to Washington must self-quarantine for 14 days to become eligible to work on a job
site in Washington.
29.
If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, employers should inform fellow
employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality
as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The employer should instruct fellow
employees about how to proceed based on the CDC
Public Health Recommendations for
Community-Related
Exposure.
Job Site Visitors
30. [Deleted] Please refer to the
memo
on customer logs.
No jobsite may operate until the contractor can meet and maintain all requirements, including providing
materials, schedules and equipment required to comply.
These Phase 1 COVID-19 job site safety practices are required as long as the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy”
Gubernatorial Proclamation 20-25 is in effect or if adopted as rules by a federal, state or local regulatory agency.
All items minus numbers 28 and 30 are subject to enforcement action under L&I’s Division of Occupational
Safety and Health (DOSH). DOSH complaints may be submitted to the L&I Call Center (1-800-423-7233) or via e-
mail to Linda Adame at adag235@lni.wa.gov. All other violations related to Proclamation 20-25 must be
submitted to: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/how-you-can-help/covid-19-business-and-worker-inquiries.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s Construction Working Group
Recommendations
4/23/2020
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