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Measures for protecting workers from exposure to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 depend on the type of work being performed and exposure risk, including potential for interaction with infectious people and contamination of the work environment. Employers should adapt infection control strategies based on a thorough hazard assessment, using appropriate combinations of engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent worker exposures. Some OSHA standards that apply to preventing occupational exposure to COVID-19 also require employers to train workers on elements of infection prevention, including PPE. OSHA has developed this interim guidance to help

MARCH 23, 2020—The leading trade associations representing America’s electrical supply chain, including manufacturers, distributors, and installers, united to ensure that lawmakers at the state and local levels keep the power on for everyone as they make decisions related to the current COVID-19 health crisis. In a joint letter to the National Governors Association, National League of Cities, National Conference of State Legislators, National Association of Towns and Townships, the United States Conference of Mayors, and the National Association of Counties, electroindustry leaders urged state and local officials to heed the guidance issued last week by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

For years, C.A. Hull President and CEO Mike Malloure tried to move the needle on roadway work zone safety. But when an employee of his Walled Lake, MI-based construction company was killed in a work zone crash in June 2018, he went to Kirk Steudle, then the director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, and said the efforts couldn’t wait any longer. “We have to do it now.” Steudle agreed, and assigned MDOT Chief Operations Officer and Chief Engineer Tony Kratofil to co-chair the Michigan Work Zone Safety Task Force with Malloure. The task force, which launched in October 2018, is a partnership between

March 26, 2020 On March 25, AGC called on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, to issue a revision to recent COVID-19 related guidance that will explicitly include all construction workers as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” The absence of the word “construction” from many of the critical infrastructure workforces described in the guidance has become problematic as many state and local governments appear to be overlooking the memorandum and evaluating only the descriptions included under the various listed critical infrastructure workforces. In the few instances where construction is noted or, perhaps, implicitly referenced in

For at-work drivers the world over, the number one priority at present is taking hygiene and other safety precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. And while, understandably, this will remain front of mind for the foreseeable future, it’s important that drivers don’t lose sight of the many other risk factors facing them on the roads every day. Ten tips to help drivers retain a focus on road safety Continue to discuss the risk factors faced by drivers, including speed, distraction, impairment and fatigue as well as risks associated with COVID-19 (see Driver Safety Tips, S.and UK versions) Remind drivers that 94% of

by Eric Gandarilla for   While there are many offices that are closing down their physical locations and directing their employees to work remotely, there are still many fleet drivers that are out on the road. Whether you’re a delivery fleet driver, a roadside technician, or any other type of driver that interacts with other people, there are steps you can take to reduce the potential exposure to COVID-19 coronavirus. It all starts at the beginning of your shift, according to AAA. Before you leave your home, wash your hands thoroughly at the sink for 20 seconds with soap and water. Throughout your day, whenever you receive any sort of equipment, spray the equipment with disinfectant spray or

While you may think that when the legislature temporarily adjourns due to a worldwide pandemic that things would slow down, we are now witnessing the opposite. Legislators were sent home out of an abundance of caution to both leaders and the public due to the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus. It’s been quite impressive how fast both Representatives and Senators have adapted to using technology to keep working for Vermont. The Vermont House and Senate worked quickly to define and pass temporary emergency steps to the states open meeting laws and constitutional duties so that government could still operate. They worked to

When Governor Phil Scott issued his “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order on March 23, contractors were confused. Many did not understand why Governor Scott took one of the country’s most proactive and aggressive actions taken by any leader in the U.S. However, in the days and weeks that followed, other Governors throughout New England and across the U.S. would follow Governor Scott’s lead, issuing similar directives to close all non-essential businesses including construction. “As this pandemic continues, the health and safety of all Vermonters is my top priority,” said Governor Scott during a press conference on March 27. “Every decision I’ve

Updated 4/3/2020 AGC/VT continues to wade through the challenges we have all been handed as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Today we had Secretary Lindsay Kurrle from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development discuss some of the programs available to help employers pay staff and keep the doors open. EVP Richard Wobby announces the Birdhouse Challenge (instructions below video) contest and updates attendees on how we are handling the crisis. We are continuing to update our Guidance Documents which you can review below the video. These documents, videos and information are provided as a courtesy by AGC/VT and not considered

Today the United States Senate passed the CARES act to deal with some of the challenges both employees and owners of companies are facing. AGC/VT, Executive Vice President Richard Wobby opens up todays talk clarifying what "critical" business is as seen through the eyes of the state health department and administration. Next, Government Affairs Director, Matt Musgrave and Tess Kennedy from the AGC/VT lobbying team describe both Federal and State packages relating to unemployment and financial harm to businesses. Click the photo below for todays video. Remember, below the video there is the most up to date collection of guidance