COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan for Construction Sites

by Tina Jaycox

Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, announced new guidelines earlier this week that will require all construction sites to create a COVID-19 exposure control plan. This announcement comes as the largest city in California works tirelessly to protect essential workers from COVID-19 exposure on construction sites.

COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan | Los AngelesCity inspectors will begin making site visits to enforce safety procedures. According to a recent LA Times article, inspectors “will not be shy about shutting down construction sites that do not comply.” Owners and contractors are strongly urged to comply.

While LA’s mayor, Eric Garcetti, acknowledges that it is important to continue critical infrastructure, it is not their intent to risk lives in order to do so. Effective immediately, every construction project is required to have a Site Specific COVID-19 Supervisor. The Site Specific COVID-19 Supervisor will be responsible for enforcing the Exposure Control Plan.

Feel free to read the full LA Times article here: The Hammer Comes Down on Construction to Slow CoronaVirus Spread Among Workers

The new construction site guidelines are as follows:

1. Practice social distancing by maintaining a minimum 6-foot distance from others.

2. Preclude gatherings of any size, and anytime two or more people must meet, ensure a minimum 6-foot separation.

3. Provide personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields and face masks as appropriate for the activity being performed.

4. The owner/contractor shall designate a site-specific COVID-19 supervisor to enforce this guidance. A designated COVID-19 supervisor shall be present on the construction site at all times during construction activities. The COVID19 supervisor can be an on-site worker who is designated to carry this role.

5. Identify “choke points” and “high-risk areas” where workers are forced to stand together, such as hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, and buses, and control them so social distancing is maintained.

6. Minimize interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials, ensure minimum 6-foot separation.

7. Stagger the trades as necessary to reduce density and maintain minimum 6-foot separation social distancing.

8. Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, work tools and equipment. If necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use.

9. Post, in areas visible to all workers, required hygienic practices including not touching face with unwashed hands or with gloves; washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, cleaning AND disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstatons, keyboards, telephones, handrails, machines, shared tools, elevator control buttons and doorknobs; covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing as well as other hygienic recommendations by the CDC.

10. Place wash stations or hand sanitizers in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.

11. Require anyone on the project to stay home if they are sick, except to get medical care.

12. Have employees inform their supervisor if they have a sick family member at home with COVID-19.

13. Maintain a daily attendance log of all workers and visitors.

Our team in California is ready to assist in the preparation and subsequent enforcement of these latest Exposure Control Plan measures. We also offer additional COVID-19 services aimed at helping to keep your team as safe as possible during this global pandemic.

View our other services here: Hillmann’s COVID-19 Services

Whether you need clarification or guidance implementing these new measures, daily oversight to make sure they’re being enforced, and/or additional services to ensure the safety of your team while keeping your projects on track – Hillmann is here for you. Contact us at info@hillmannconsulting.com or call our California office at (714) 634-9500.

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