• Jobsite Protocol & Best Practices for Construction

  • Return to Office Guidance Return to Office Guidance

    The Best Practices Task Force has been reviewing the “Return to Office” requirements that many of our members will be following as they begin to re-open their main offices.  We are considering our member and partner offices to be a “Non-Critical Office Based Business,” which falls under Appendix C (page 20) of the Safer At Home 20-28 Public Health Order.   Under this directive, offices “may resume at fifty percent (50%) of their in-office occupancy if the business can demonstrate compliance with the requirements of this Order, including Section II.I,” and the additional items listed in Appendix C.  Please note Section II.I is on page 6 of PHO 20-28, and lists several requirements that all businesses must follow.  For specific recommendations on Return to Office space planning and other items, please see the below guides that have been prepared by Cresa.  For any specific questions around Return to Office protocols and best practices, please contact Gillian Baikie at gbaikie@cresa.com

    Return to Office Planning

    Return to Office Study

  • CDPHE COVID Construction Guidance CDPHE COVID Construction Guidance

    AGC of Colorado's Best Practices Task Force has been tracking executive orders from Governor Polis and public health orders from CDPHE since the beginning of the pandemic outbreak.  Below you will find the most recent and updated executive order and public health orders.  The Best Practices Task Force was able to get an audience with CDPHE’s leadership after the release of the most current public health order, PHO 20-28.  The task force was able to discuss the safety concerns of not having the ability to have limited construction activities within the 6 feet physical distance and the many challenges of taking temperatures on each active construction site.  Both concerns where addressed on Tuesday, May 5th with the revision of the April 1st Multi-Industry Construction Guidance.  The May 5th version of the Multi-Industry Construction Guidance supersedes all other construction guidance effective May 5.  A companion document is the most recent health screen form that CDPHE recommends that contractors utilize and keep for 3 months and provide the forms to public health agency’s upon request.  Finally, you will find a link to the CDPHE’s webpage on “how to conduct a facility health screening”.  The task force will continue to review updates from the CDPHE and post them on this site.  If there are any questions on the below CDPHE guidance, please feel free to contact any of the AGC Best Practice Task Force members listed on this site.    

    What You Need to Follow on a Jobsite

    CDPHE Multi-Industry Construction Guidance
    (as of 5/5/20 this document supersedes all other PHOs and guidance for construction that have been released.  Even though this attached document is labeled 4/1/20 it was updated on 5/5/20.  The 5/5/20 revised document will have “not exempt” bolded on the first line.)
    Issued 4/1/20, amended 5/5/20

    CDPHE Employee Health Screening Form
    Issued 5/5/20

    “How to Conduct a Facility Health Screen” CDPHE Website

    AGC COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Plan
    (sample plan in Word Doc with fill-in sections, can be customized to each jobsite)
    Developed by Construction Industry Safety Council, AGC America & AGC Colorado

    Governing Executive Orders and Public Health Orders

    Executive Order D2020 044 Safer at Home
    Issued 4/26/2020

    CDPHE Public Health Order 20-28 Safer at Home
    Issued 4/27/20, amended 5/4/20

    CDPHE PHO 20-28 Guidance
    (conflicts with Construction Guidance, follow Construction Guidance Above)
    Issued 4/27/20, amended 4/30/20

  • Safety Bulletins Safety Bulletins

    AGC of Colorado's Best Practices Task Force has created two new bulletins with recommendation for your organization to promote safer and healthier jobsites.

    Bulletin #1:  Protocol for When Working Within Six Feet of Each Other is Necessary
    Updated 4/16/20

    Bulletin #2:  Employee Safety
    Updated 4/16/20

  • 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

     

  • 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

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