Guidelines for Contractors Working as an Essential Service
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
To All HCA Members:
The Harris County Attorney’s Office has just released the “Stay at Home” order, here is a link to the order on the county website www.readyharris.org/stayhome. The order follows the guidelines of the National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and according to those guidelines heavy civil construction and their related suppliers are considered to be essential services. Construction work is to continue as normal on all job sites in Harris County and the City of Houston unless you receive a specific stop work order for your project.
Both the City and the County stressed that, while work is continuing on these projects, construction companies need to be mindful of social distancing requirements even on the job site. Workers should remain six feet away from each other at all times. Do not congregate in lunch areas. Do not share tools and clean tools daily. Employers should provide some form of hand wash station or alcohol based hand rubs at multiple locations on the job site. Companies are to encourage your supervisors to ask questions of all employees, and if an employee is not feeling well, have that employee get tested. Attached is a copy of the AGC recommended practices for construction job sites that lists all of the precautions a contractor should take to avoid infection.
HCA is also recommending that all companies issue a letter to their employees to carry in their vehicles as a form of identification. The letter should state that this person works for your company, that your company is in the civil construction industry and is considered an essential service and exempt from the “Stay at Home” order.
As an industry we provide an invaluable service to the community and this order recognizes the importance of that service. Let’s respect the honor that has been given to our industry by the City and County and make sure that we do everything in our power to keep our employees safe, and the projects moving forward.
Executive Vice President
AGC COVID-19 Recommended Practices