ESD recommends that the GC/CM work with licensed safety professionals to determine the proper number of people needed to get staging done and projects ready to start.
Here are the guidelines:
Construction may continue solely with respect to those employees that must be present at the business location/construction site in support of essential business activities. No other employees/personnel shall be permitted to work in-person at the business location/construction site.
For staging activities, an in-person workforce may be present on-site to:
Clean, sanitize, and/or disinfect common and work areas;
Test run hoists, elevators, cranes, and other equipment;
Establish new and multiple entrances/exists to control the movement of personnel and allow for health screening, including temperature taking;
Install hand hygiene/wash stations or retrofit existing ones with touchless faucets and dispensers;
Install health screening stations or devices at entrances;
Affix social distancing, hygiene, and cleaning / disinfection signage, including posters, markers, and directional arrows;
Deliver and stockpile personal protective equipment (e.g. face coverings, face shields, gloves); and
Order, unload, and rough set materials that specialty contractors or subcontractors need to perform work (e.g. structural supports, piping, conduits, drywall).
As noted above, local governments, including municipalities and school districts, are allowed to continue construction projects at this time as government entities are exempt from these essential business restrictions.
However, to the greatest extent possible, local governments should postpone any non-essential projects and only proceed with essential projects when they can implement appropriate social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols.
Essential projects should be considered those that have a nexus to health and safety of the building occupants or to support the broader essential services that are required to fulfill the critical operations of government or the emergency response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
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