OSHA issues guidance to help construction workers during the COVID-19 crisis

June 1, 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a webpage with coronavirus-related guidance for construction employers and workers at www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/construction.html. The guidance, which is not a standard or regulation, includes recommended actions to reduce workers’ risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Construction employers should remain alert to changing outbreak conditions, including as they relate to community spread of the virus and testing availability. In response to changing conditions, employers should implement infection prevention measures accordingly.

The webpage includes information regarding using physical barriers to separate workers from individuals experiencing signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19; keeping in-person meetings, including toolbox talks and safety meetings, as short as possible and using social distancing practices; screening calls when scheduling indoor construction work to assess potential exposures before worker entry; requesting that shared spaces in home environments where construction activities are being performed have good air flow; and staggering work schedules to reduce the total number of employees on a job site at any given time and ensure physical distancing.

Additional information and COVID-19 prevention resources are available at www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19.