Loss Control Insights for Contractors
How to Develop a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Your Job Site
Due to COVID-19, construction firms have temporarily changed the way they operate to remain committed to safety. Many have created new policies to ensure crews work in a way that protects them and the public. But the most effective way to protect workers is by creating a preparedness plan (also referred to as an exposure control plan). A comprehensive plan includes the following steps:
Designate a COVID-19 OfficerChoose a reliable worker to enforce policies and inform others of updates. Each job site should have a dedicated officer.
Practice Social DistancingModify work schedules to stagger work, provide alternating workdays or extra shifts to reduce the total number of workers on a job site at any given time. Additionally, provide accommodations so office staff can work from home if possible.
While on the job site, create at least 6 feet of space between workers. In areas where workers are forced to stand close together, put in place policies—such as limiting the number of workers allowed in an elevator at one time—to maintain social distancing. You may also want to consider organizing a plan that eliminates or greatly reduces human interaction while picking up or delivering equipment and materials.