Coronavirus - Safety, Health & Environmental Resources

Latest Updates

November 5, 2021
On Nov. 4, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its long anticipated COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS).  As anticipated, the ETS requires all employers with 100 or more employees to either mandate vaccinations, or encourage… Read More
February 3, 2021
On Jan. 29, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new guidance on protecting workers and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.  Per OSHA, the guidance is not a standard or regulation, creates no new legal obligations and the recommendations are… Read More
May 28, 2020
On May 26, OSHA launched a webpage with coronavirus-related guidance for construction employers and workers. The guidance includes recommended actions—many of which AGC members have likely already incorporated in their safety plans—to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. One item… Read More
May 28, 2020
In response to recent legislative efforts to force the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to create a new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to address the coronavirus, AGC joined stakeholders in opposing the power grab. AGC prioritizes worker safety and AGC and its members have… Read More
May 20, 2020
On May 19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued their latest guidance on recording cases of COVID-19 in the workplace and interim enforcement response plan. The enforcement memos will become effective on May 26, 2020 and rescinds both previously issued memos on each topic… Read More
April 30, 2020
Earlier today, April 30, AGC’s CEO Steve Sandherr responded to NABTU's and CPWR's COVID-19 Standards for U.S. Construction Sites, which outlines minimum standards employers should implement as part of their COVID-19 exposure control plan on all jobsites.  
April 23, 2020
On April 16, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued interim guidance to advise compliance safety and health officers to evaluate an employer’s good faith efforts to comply with safety and health standards during the coronavirus pandemic. This… Read More
April 16, 2020
Today, our host Leah Pilconis talks with Cory Gattie about how AGC of America is making infrastructure a key part of our economic recovery suggestions as we work with Congress and the Trump administration to rebuild the economy. Leah also talks with AGC’s Brynn Huneke about how the association’s… Read More
April 16, 2020
AGC recognizes the serious toll the pandemic has taken on the mental and emotional wellbeing of workers, both professionally and personally. While companies have focused on keeping their workers physically safe, it is equally important to make sure employees have access to the resources they need… Read More
April 15, 2020
Few industries are as well suited to protecting workers as the construction industry. Contractors are used to following complex and ever-changing safety rules and finding ways to make inherently dangerous work safe. The coronavirus has forced firms to change the way they operate to maintain that… Read More
April 10, 2020
On April 10, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued temporary guidance for recording cases of COVID-19 that provides relief to the construction industry. In an earlier letter to OSHA leadership, AGC, along with our industry partners on the Construction… Read More
April 9, 2020
Associated General Contractors of America Organized the Nationwide Safety Stand Down to Make Sure Firms and Workers Know, and Follow, All Coronavirus-Related Safety Procedures and Practices Hundreds of construction firms across the country are stopping work today to hold what are called safety… Read More
April 1, 2020
States may take a different approach On Mar. 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) issued a new, temporary enforcement discretion policy for certain noncompliance events that can be documented and tied to the COVID-19 epidemic.  U.S. EPA has emphasized that this new policy… Read More
March 23, 2020
AGC, along with our industry partners on the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), is pushing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to re-evaluate its decision to treat cases of employees contracting COVID-19 as … Read More
March 16, 2020
On March 10, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provided guidance requiring the recording and reporting of workplace exposures to COVID-19. The guidance, while well intended, did not consider all of the potential negative impacts on the regulated community. On March 12, AGC of… Read More

United States Department of Labor (DOL) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

This section highlights OSHA standards and directives (instructions for compliance officers) and other related information that may apply to worker exposure to the coronavirus, COVID-19. While there is no specific OSHA standard covering COVID-19, some OSHA requirements may apply to preventing occupational exposure to COVID-19.

Other DOL/OSHA COVID-19 Resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

State-Specific COVID-Related Enforcement Resources
Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) has compiled state specific information on environmental policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Approximately two dozen states have implemented policies.  Some have adopted U.S. EPA’s approach, others have created forms or special channels to contact the state with compliance related concerns.  Access the state resources here: (organized alphabetically by state).


AGC of America, AGC Chapter and Member Developed Resources

To assist members with protecting their employees from exposure to COVID-19, AGC, its chapters, coalition partners and members have created construction-specific resources that may be incorporated into their existing safety and health programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Businesses must prepare for the continued spread of the coronavirus in the United States. In order to assist you in these preparations, you are encouraged to take the following steps:

What Should Employers Do?

  • Educate your employees
  • Follow the CDC recommendations for employers: 
    • Employer Guidance: PREPARE NOW.
    • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene by all employees.
    • Perform routine environmental cleaning.
    • Update your absenteeism policy and communicate the requirements.
    • Update your work from home policy and communicate the requirements.
  • Planning Considerations
    • Prepare for increased absenteeism
      • Cross train employees to handle other functions
      • Encourage employees to develop contingency plans for child care in the event there are long term closures of schools and day care centers
    • Prepare for business interruption
      • Identify alternative suppliers
      • Prioritize certain customers
      • Prepare to shut down certain functions

Other CDC Resources

Additional Resources