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.
- OSHA Guidance on Recording Workplace Exposures to COVID-19
- AGC Summary of OSHA's Guidance on Recording Workplace Exposures to COVID-19, including additional information to consider as it relates to OSHA’s requirements for recording and reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses.
Other DOL/OSHA COVID-19 Resources
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 [English, Spanish]
- Resources for Workers and Employers on COVID-19
- Prevent Worker Exposure to COVID-19 [English, Spanish]
- Worker Exposure Risk to COVID-19 [English, Spanish]
- Protecting Workers During a Pandemic
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Temporary Advisory for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Reporting in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (to help regions implement the temporary enforcement policy as it relates to NPDES reporting)
- New Interim Guidance on Site Field Work Decisions Due to Impacts of COVID-19 (including, but not limited to, the Superfund program, RCRA corrective action, TSCA PCB cleanup provisions, the Oil Pollution Act, and the Underground Storage Tank (UST) program)
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.
- AGC COVID-19 National Safety Stand-Down Resources
- Sample Plan for COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response [English, Spanish]
- AGC Webinar on Protecting Your People & Your Projects [Recording, Slides]
- Tips for Keeping Construction Workers Safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- AGC Proactive Measures for Addressing COVID-19 [English, Spanish]
COVID-19 Best Practices for Construction Jobsites
Project Slowdown/Shutdown Guidance
- AGC of Washington: Toolbox Talk on COVID-19
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
- What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus
- What To Do When You Are Sick
- Hygiene and health is key - Practicing standard sanitation and hygiene regimens is a top priority.
- Encourage frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water Hand Washing Guidance.
- Hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol content, is a secondary option.
- Remind everyone to keep noses and mouths covered when coughing or sneezing Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette.
- Avoid touching in and around the eyes, with unwashed hands.
- Everyone who has not yet had a flu shot should get one as soon as possible.
- 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
- Prepare for increased absenteeism
Other CDC Resources
Print Resources (Available in Multiple Languages)
- NIEHS COVID-19 Vaccines Information for Workers
Mental & Emotional Health (via CIASP)
Cleaning & Disinfection
Fisher Phillips COVID-19 Workplace Safety Issues FAQs
Willis Towers Watson Best Practices COVID-19 Survey
- World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Information & Guidance
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) COVID-19 Updates