• Jobsite Protocol & Best Practices for Construction

  • Coronavirus Safety Stand Down April 9th Coronavirus Safety Stand Down April 9th

    AGC of Colorado’s Best Practices Task Force is asking all AGC/C members to hold Coronavirus Safety Stand Downs at their jobsites on Thursday, April 9th.  The Coronavirus Safety Stand Down is a national movement orchestrated by AGC of America.  The event will occur throughout the day due to the stand down being on a rolling schedule to help limit large crew gatherings.  Click HERE to view a special message from AGC of America CEO Stephen E. Sandherr on why you should participate. AGC of America’s safety team has crafted guidelines to help you organize the stand downs in a socially distanced way and provide content to share with your teams. Please click HERE to download the stand down resources kit. The kit includes a simple guide to participate in the stand down as well as toolbox talks and other resources. Click HERE for resources in Spanish.

    Additionally, the AGC of Colorado’s Best Practices Task Force is encouraging every contractor to purchase an AGC COVID-19 Prevention banner for each of their jobsites.  The banner represents the commitment and solidarity to workers, their families and the communities in which we work.  Order your banner from Gary Smith at Ken's Reproductions (gsmith@kensrepro.com) or click here to download. 

  • CDPHE New Construction Guidance for Construction in Colorado CDPHE New Construction Guidance for Construction in Colorado

    Introduction  
    Due to the unique issues related to supply chain, financing, contract deadlines, and public need,  construction may continue under Governor Polis’ stay-at-home order as long as Social Distancing  Requirements are followed on construction worksites.  This is intended to allow for continuity of operations  on critical infrastructure such as roads, rails, airports, housing (especially low-income housing), energy  infrastructure and water infrastructure.  However, as is reinforced by this guidance, construction projects  and companies in their supply chain are ​Not Exempt​ from social distancing requirements, even if  compliance means added cost.  Hygiene protocols are ​strictly required.  ​Moreover, people who are sick or  at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 ​must not travel to work, even if they work for a Critical  Business.  ​The state also urges any small scale construction projects (e.g. home renovations) to be  reasonably deferred without penalty.  For large scale and public investment, projects should be evaluated  on a case by case basis, in light of the guidance below, related to the stay-at-home order.  Click here for the full document.

     

  • Sample Plan for COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Sample Plan for COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response

    Every construction project is different. What is feasible and appropriate for any one project depends on its size, location and other unique characteristics. To help construction contractors develop a sound approach to each of their projects, the CISC is pleased to make this sample plan available. Neither the coalition nor its individual members intend this document to be a definitive statement of the protocols and procedures that are applicable to each and every project. Nor are they endeavoring to provide legal or other professional advice. This document should NOT be construed as legal advice or any other expression of the scope or nature of a construction contractor’s legal obligation to provide employment and a safe place of employment to its employees, particularly under the unprecedented circumstances that the COVID-19 outbreak has created. In addition, new and better information could well supersede the information included in this document. As the situation evolves, construction contractors should continue to monitor the environment in which they are working and related developments and react accordingly. Click here for the sample plan in English.  Click here for the sample plan in Spanish.

  • Handwashing Stations Handwashing Stations

    Do it Yourself Handwashing Station
    Photos and materials list for building your own handwashing station for maintaining good personal hygiene in the field.

    Sheet Metal Handwashing Station
    Faced with the reality that some jobsites are not always well-equipped to deal with today’s sanitary expectations and hand sanitizer and wipes are hard to come by, Colorado Sheet Metal fabricated a 100% touchless handwashing station – photos below. For more information contact Gary Venable, President, Colorado Sheet Metal, gvenable@csm-hvac.com

     

  • To Continue to Operate, You Must Continue to Operate Safely To Continue to Operate, You Must Continue to Operate Safely

    A Note from AGC of America CEO Stephen E. Sandherr

    Dear AGC Members:

    I have always been extremely proud that one of the defining characteristics of the commercial construction industry is your unwavering commitment to the safety and health of every construction worker. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, your workers and the American public are relying on you to continue that commitment to safety. Indeed, as AGC of America and our network of chapters have been mostly successful in ensuring that construction operations continue in many parts of the country, the obligation to safeguard your workers has grown.

    Federal, state, and local officials have relied on our assurances that the steps your firms are taking, including social distancing, the use of PPE and monitoring who enters your jobsites, creates a safer environment than exists in other industries. These officials have taken us at our word and allowed many types of construction projects to continue because they know this industry has a long history of complying with complex and ever-changing safety rules and regulations.

    I urge all of you to make sure that every member of your team is following the guidance and safety requirements public health and safety officials have provided to make sure your workers are protected from the coronavirus. There is no margin for error when it comes to protecting your workforce. Any lapse in safety protocols can, and likely will, prompt government officials to reverse the industry’s ability to continue to operate with the stroke of a pen. That is why you, as construction CEO’s and senior executives, need to ensure that safe practices are known, understood, and followed by everyone.

    AGC has resources to assist in that effort and will continue to share those safety resources to any and all members of the construction community, regardless of whether they are members of our association.

    The public is counting on all of us to do our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And I want to thank all of you in advance for making sure your workers remain healthy and safe during these very challenging times.

  • Respirator Donations Respirator Donations

    In the wake of COVID-19 we all need to support individuals employed in the healthcare industry. The folks employed in these critical roles have the highest risk of contracting the illness and they are running short on essential PPE. Construction industry professionals understand all too well the elevated risk of workplace injury and illness if proper PPE is not available. Therefore, the Associated General Contractors of Colorado are asking all members to check their inventory to see if there is a possibility of donating any available Personal Protective Equipment that may benefit the people helping those that may be infected with COVID19 or suspected of being infected with COVID19 in particular filtering facepieces and Nitrile gloves.

    Click here for respirator donation locations.

  • Labor and Employment Issues Labor and Employment Issues

    USDOL Guidance on Paid Leave

    USDOL updates to paid sick and family medical leave as mandated by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

    Since March 13, 2020, employers have wrestled with how they should apply The Families First Coronavirus Response Act to give their employees paid leave that will allow employer reimbursement. Although those regulations are still forthcoming, on the evening of March 27, 2020, the DOL Wage and Hour Division issued a Q&A formant guidance that posed and answered 37 questions.  That guidance addresses some of the most common and pressing questions about the Act. Click here for the Q&A.

    Pre-Screening Questionnaire on Proactive Measures for Addressing COVID-19

    This questionnaire includes questions that construction contractors may want to ask of all employees, visitors and vendors, prior to allowing them to enter any one jobsite.

    Essential Business Sample Travel Authorization Letter

     

    DOL Issues More Guidance on Emergency Paid Leave Requirements

    Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced more guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the emergency paid leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.

    The new guidance includes two new posters, one for federal workers and one for all other employees, that will fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under this new law. It also includes questions and answers about posting requirements, and a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy. The new guidance addresses critical issues such as whether employers may post required notice electronically, whether employers must provide notice of this law to recently laid-off individuals, when FFCRA applies to federal workers and when enforcement of the new rules will begin.

     

    • AGC Colorado has partnered with AGC member firm, Fisher Phillips, as a service to answer individual questions. Submit your questions by emailing andrea@agccolorado.org
       
    • Hear a recorded session from the 03/23/20 webinar, COVID-19 Labor Law and Implications of Federal Stimulus Package here. You can also download the webinar slides here.  Click here to download the questions and answers from the webinar.
       
    • Additional resources can be found on the Fisher Phillips website.
       

    FFRCA - Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Medical Leave in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

    On 3-24-20, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employers about meeting their requirements to offer emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.  

    The guidance – provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.

    FFCRA Employee Rights Poster

  • A Message From Steve Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer, AGC America A Message From Steve Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer, AGC America

    Dear AGC Members:

    I have always been extremely proud that one of the defining characteristics of the commercial construction industry is your unwavering commitment to the safety and health of every construction worker. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, your workers and the American public are relying on you to continue that commitment to safety. Indeed, as AGC of America and our network of chapters have been mostly successful in ensuring that construction operations continue in many parts of the country, the obligation to safeguard your workers has grown.

    Federal, state, and local officials have relied on our assurances that the steps your firms are taking, including social distancing, the use of PPE and monitoring who enters your jobsites, creates a safer environment than exists in other industries. These officials have taken us at our word and allowed many types of construction projects to continue because they know this industry has a long history of complying with complex and ever-changing safety rules and regulations.

    I urge all of you to make sure that every member of your team is following the guidance and safety requirements public health and safety officials have provided to make sure your workers are protected from the coronavirus. There is no margin for error when it comes to protecting your workforce. Any lapse in safety protocols can, and likely will, prompt government officials to reverse the industry’s ability to continue to operate with the stroke of a pen. That is why you, as construction CEO’s and senior executives, need to ensure that safe practices are known, understood, and followed by everyone.

    AGC has resources to assist in that effort and will continue to share those safety resources to any and all members of the construction community, regardless of whether they are members of our association.

    The public is counting on all of us to do our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And I want to thank all of you in advance for making sure your workers remain healthy and safe during these very challenging times.

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