The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its COVID-19 checklist for employers in the construction industry.
The checklist provides several steps employers can take to protect construction workers and slow the spread of COVID-19. It also includes information for employees.
Among the suggestions are for employers to consider the mental health and wellbeing of their workers.
The checklist encourages employers to talk with employees or their unions about how the pandemic is affecting work.
"Anticipate behavior changes in your employees," the CDC says. "Watch for changes like increased irritation or anger, increased worry or sadness, unhealthy eating or sleeping habits, and difficulty concentrating.
"These may be signs that your employee is struggling with stress or anxiety."
Focus on Prevention
Employers should ensure they have a support system in place to help struggling employees, the CDC advises.
Similar to COVID-19 guidance OSHA published last year for the construction industry, the checklist stresses prevention through hazard assessments, social distancing and face mask use, frequent cleaning and disinfecting, and managing sick workers, including procedures for returning from work after exposure to the virus.
It also encourages employers to maintain a dialogue with employees about the coronavirus and steps your company takes to protect them.
It suggests that employers:
- Inform employees of workplace flexibilities, including work and sick leave
- Evaluate existing policies and, if needed, consider revisions that allow appropriate use of remote work
- Discuss workplace flexibilities and ensure workers understand how to use the available options
For more information, contact CBIA’s Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1982).