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Introduction

This document is intended for employers, workers and participants of construction, as an overview of potential hazards in the workplace due to COVID-19.

In all cases, guidance from local public health authorities must be followed and general COVID-19 prevention practices should be implemented, as outlined in Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19.

On-site Sanitation

  • Provide access to hand washing stations (even if it is a spouted water container, catch bucket for water, soap, and paper towels) or provide hand sanitizer. If hands are visibly dirty, they must be washed with soap and water.
  • Clean offices, washrooms, lunch/break rooms and/or trailers, and other workspaces every day. Focus on commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, handles, handrails, tables, chairs, pens, tools, radios, vending machines, and kitchen equipment.
  • Regularly clean shared tools, phones, and other devices with alcohol or disinfectant wipes.
  • Assign one driver per vehicle, or clean shared vehicles between driver changes.

Site Management

  • Minimize the number of workers at one time on-site. Stagger trades and their work locations, meetings, breaks, tool cribs, safety toolbox talks, and orientations.
  • Ask everyone to check in. Do not allow people on-site if they are sick or might be sick.
  • Minimize contact during sign-in. Have the supervisor sign in for people (or provide separate pens), or have people text the supervisor. Clean any sign-in devices between users.
  • Submit hazard assessments and documents electronically, or wash hands after handling papers.
  • Control site movement to reduce gathering at scaffolds, hoists, washrooms and other high traffic areas.
  • Designate travel paths so workers do not have to pass each other closely (e.g., one set of stairs for up, another for down) or have workers call out before entering a shared space.
  • Hold meetings in an outside or large space to allow for physical distancing of at least 2 metres (6 feet) between people.
  • Hold verbal orientations to avoid touching papers.

Crew Management

  • Maintain physical distancing, unless otherwise unsafe to do so.
  • Keep crews together so that they are comfortable working in closer proximity when absolutely necessary.
  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as a respirator, face shield, gloves, and long-sleeved shirts, if appropriate and available. Train workers on how to work with and care for PPE, and to understand its limitations.
  • Discuss with crews how to perform work safely while maintaining distance. Modify production schedules if necessary.
  • Make sure workers are trained to work safely before replacing the duties of others.
  • Consider multiple shifts to help keep distance between workers and to accommodate those with caregiving needs.
  • Make sure workers on-site have the necessary skills and training to operate equipment, perform first aid, supervise, etc.

It is important that mental health resources and support are provided to all workers, including access to an employee assistance program, if available.

For further information on COVID-19, refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Note that this guidance is just some of the adjustments organizations can make during a pandemic. Adapt this list by adding your own good practices and policies to meet your organization’s specific needs.

Disclaimer: As public and occupational health and safety information is changing rapidly, local public health authorities should be consulted for specific, regional guidance. This information is not intended to replace medical advice or legislated health and safety obligations. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy, currency and completeness of the information, CCOHS does not guarantee, warrant, represent or undertake that the information provided is correct, accurate or current. CCOHS is not liable for any loss, claim, or demand arising directly or indirectly from any use or reliance upon the information.

Document last updated April 07, 2020