Jobsite Safety and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The LIUNA Midwest Region is committed to the health and safety of our members and the public. The following guidelines from CDC and OSHA are recommended to help safeguard our members through the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19 is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through airborne respiratory droplets when coughing and sneezing. It also may be possible to spread the virus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching one’s own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. It’s critical that everyone does their part to limit the spread of the virus, as people without symptoms or with mild symptoms can still spread the virus to others.
Symptoms of COVID-19 Include: Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath
What You Should Do:
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- If you develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 while at work, immediately isolate yourself from other workers and contact your supervisor.
- If you are well but have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 stay home and notify your supervisor.
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol when soap and water are not available.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- STOP hand shaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs, tables, handles, rails.
- Observe the 6 foot rule – keep a minimum of six feet between you and your co-worker if at all possible before, during and after work.
- Avoid using other workers phones, tools, and equipment, when possible.
Jobsite Cleanliness – Increase Regular Housekeeping Practices:
- Frequently clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on the jobsite.
- Tools or equipment that might be shared by workers must be cleaned before and after use.
If you are required to wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment): Workers required to use PPE must be trained. This training includes when to use PPE; what PPE is necessary; how to properly don (put on), use, and doff (take off) PPE; how to properly dispose of or disinfect, inspect for damage, and maintain PPE; and the limitations of PPE. CLEAN AND DISINEFECT YOUR PPE AFTER EACH USE.
Click here for a full-size image of this post, and here is more information from the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund about a recommended COVID-19 Response Plan for construction employers.