Construction sites and COVID-19 safety
All employers in the construction industry should adopt the standardized protocols as found on the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association website: Click here
These protocols outline the best practices that will maintain the health and safety of all workers required to perform duties during the COVID-19 pandemic. By following the protocols, employers can minimize the impacts of the pandemic and ensure business continuity in the construction industry.
- Prime contractors, employers and sub-contractors must maintain the health and safety of all workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes workers on the job site and those working from home.
- In order to minimize the risk of exposure, employers should:
- Develop COVID-19 policies and procedures that will speak to how business will operate to minimize the risk of exposure, as well as the expectations of all people within and outside the organization who may be entering the site.
- Have a clear method of communication and training on newly developed policies.
- Make workers aware of hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette (i.e. covering mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing), physical distancing and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
- Establish a process for workers to raise concerns about COVID-19 exposure.
- Adjust production schedules to accommodate sanitation/disinfection protocols, physical distancing, the application of personal protective equipment (PPE) and a reduction in staff.
- Stagger start times, breaks and lunches.
- Segregate crews/trades to zones and limit the number of workers in each zone.
- Design the job site to decrease the number of high traffic areas.
- Workers should sanitize/disinfect their workstation, tools and PPE at least twice a day.
- Make sure there is reasonable access to PPE, hand washing/sanitizing stations and sanitation/disinfection products.
- Workers to travel to the job site individually. If this is not possible, social distancing must be adhered to, such as limiting ride sharing to two employees, one in the front seat and one in the back seat.
- Workers are not to share accommodations such as motel or hotel rooms.
- When working in private homes or public buildings, complete a hazard assessment.
- Provide extra time for sanitization/disinfection protocols.
- Schedule the work during times when there is less exposure to homeowners or workers.
- Maintain a daily record of people entering the job site and their health status.
- Create a business continuity plan to respond to a partial or complete site shutdown.
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