With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continuing to evolve, we want to assure you that the health and safety of our employees and clients are paramount. Our offices will remain closed to the public until further notice.
Our team is available via phone or email to help during this time. In the meantime, here is some information that you may find helpful.
Some approaches to enhancing site safety to accommodate the coronavirus outbreak are as follows:
Develop an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan that considers and addresses steps that will reduce the risk of worker exposure based on the specific construction site environment.
Explore policies and practices for flexible work schedules.
Develop methods of performing construction tasks in a manner that best promotes social distancing.
Develop job classifications based on workers' risk of exposure to known or suspected sources of COVID-19: High, Medium, Low.
Develop proper training programs that incorporate applicable sections of CDC, WHO and OSHA guidelines.
Develop and implement a thorough understanding of the proper types of personal protection equipment (PPE) to be used against exposure.
Develop an immediate response protocol and levels of notification should a worker test positive for COVID-19 or be exposed to someone with the disease. In this regard, notification requirements by the worker are crucial.
Sanitization has now become an enhanced requirement at every stage of a worksite.
Enhanced hazard assessment must be performed by qualified personnel. Assessment of exposures due to chemicals, harmful dust and biologic elements has been an existing requirement for worksite safety.
Recommendations construction clients should take in order to keep worksites safe if site shut-down:
Site fencing should be maintained and gated entries should be locked
For sites without onsite security, remotely monitored CCTV should be installed
Buildings under construction should be enclosed with windows and doors locked
Temporary heating should be turned off and all flammable and combustible material removed
High-value equipment that is not permanently installed should be stored in locked site trailers or removed from the site completely
Mitigate the risk of water damage by either closing off main water valve or having leak/flow detection device fitted
If a sprinkler system is fully operational, the water supply to the system must not be isolated
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Should your business premises be left vacant or unattended; please contact us as your coverages could be affected.