Construction Job Sites Re-Open in New York City!

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the construction industry and its supply chain. After two months of construction projects at a complete halt, the re-opening of job sites in New York City comes with some new requirements to combat the spread of the virus.

As part of the solution to preventing the virus, construction job sites are required to implement new measures and plans for hygienic working environment during the ongoing pandemic.   These new job site requirements include:

• Ensure 6 feet of distance between personnel, unless safety or core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance.

• All personnel and visitors to construction sites must wear face coverings appropriate for their task, unless medically unable to do so.

• Tightly confined spaces (e.g., elevators, hoists) can only be occupied by 50% maximum capacity.  50% maximum capacity must be posted within the cab AND at each landing.

• A site safety monitor must be designated whose responsibilities include continuous compliance with all aspects of the site safety plan.

• Appropriate signage is posted throughout the site to remind personnel to adhere to proper hand hygiene, physical distancing rules, appropriate use of personal protective equipment, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

• Safety plan(s) are conspicuously posted on site and include a copy of the submitted State affirmation.

• A communication plan for employees, visitors, and clients is available at the site.

• A continuous log of every person who may have had close contact with other individuals at the work site or area is kept at the site.

• There are hand hygiene stations available on site and readily accessible to workers.

• A cleaning and disinfection log is present at the site with minimum daily entries.