As COVID-19 cases continue to spread across the country and local governments impose new stay-at-home orders, it is more important than ever to remind key officials that the construction industry continues to work in a safe and essential manner during this pandemic. To show we are staying safe on jobsites and reducing the spread of the coronavirus, ABC, the National Association of Home Builders and other construction organizations are hosting a COVID-19 Safety Stand Down from Jan. 11-15, with ABC members targeting Thursday, Jan. 14 for member activities.
There are three steps to hosting a stand-down:
- Prepare. Compile the information you will need for the stand-down. NAHB has developed detailed blueprints—in English and Spanish—for builders and trade contractors to conduct their COVID-19 safety stand-downs. Additional information can be found at abc.org/coronavirus.
- Cover the basics. As COVID-19 cases surge, stress the importance of preventing the virus spread by encouraging workers to following basic infection prevention measures, such as wearing face coverings, maintaining a distance of six feet between workers at all times and cleaning and sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment and frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis.
- Hold your stand-down. Present the information to the workers, keeping it short and simple. The safety information can be distributed digitally (through email and/or text).
Learn more about how ABC members can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and safely hold a stand-down with ABC’s COVID-19 National Safety Stand Down Toolbox Talk document.