With the increase of building code enforcement inspectors out during the COVID-19 pandemic re-opening of job sites, it critical that site safety professional have all their site safety plans and log books in order to avoid violations. In Addition to construction site safety codes to adhere to, strict rules and guidelines for building during pandemic must also be adhered to.
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.
As of October 14, 2019, general contractors must post worker safety information signs at construction sites where site safety training is required.
The signs must:
contain specific information about required worker safety training, including all site safety training deadlines and the number of required training hours, and the information must
be in all the languages used by workers to communicate at the construction site. In addition, the signs must
be clearly visible to workers and must be posted at the construction site as follows:
Sites with construction fencing must post a sign at each egress point on the inside of the construction fencing, including vehicle delivery fence gates and existing loading docks.
Sites without construction fencing must post a sign at each egress point within the controlled access zone where construction is taking place and at each existing loading dock or location being used for construction delivery or access.
To comply with the new requirements, the posted sign must:
be 44 inches wide and 30 inches high;
have letters at least 1 inch (25 mm) high;
have white letters on a blue background; and
be made of a durable and weatherproof material such as vinyl, plastic, or aluminum that is flame retardant.
Contact us for more details regarding this requirement for your construction project job site.