The Associated General Contractors Of Tennessee

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

AGC has assembled general guidance and links to information from our federal agency partners and health organizations. AGC will continue to monitor the situation and update the information on this page accordingly.


AGC of Tennessee Coronavirus Resources
& Member Forum
 
We have created documents to help you during this time.  Click on the links below to download our COVID-19 Job Site Best Practices, DIY Handwashing Stations to create for your Job Sites, and a Toolbox Talk sheet.   We have also created a Forum for you to share your plans with other members across the state.  
 
COVID-19 Job Site Practices:  
 
Handwashing Stations for Job Sites:  
 
COVID-19 Toolbox Talk:  
 
"Safer-at-Home" Order from Governor Lee:  
 
NEW! Essential Business Templates

NEW! Sample Plan for Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, & Response

NEW! Safety Banners for Job Sites
Job site banners are available now (3'x7'). Click on the links below to download the banner (both English and in Spanish versions available).  Contact any local print shop for printing services.  If you have any questions, contact your Branch Executive Director.

What are you doing on your job site or at your office? 
Please share your Coronavirus plans with other members on our Forum:



 

What Should Employers Do?
 
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging businesses to begin preparations for the spread of the Coronavirus in the United States. In order to assist you in these preparations, you are encouraged to take the following steps:

Educate your employees Follow the CDC recommendations for employers: 
  • Employer Guidance: PREPARE NOW
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene by all employees.
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning.
  • Update your absenteeism policy and communicate the requirements.
  • Update your work from home policy and communicate the requirements.
Planning Considerations
  • Prepare for increased absenteeism
    • Cross train employees to handle other functions
    • Encourage employees to develop contingency plans for childcare in the event there are long term closures of schools and day care centers
  • Prepare for business interruption
    • Identify alternative suppliers
    • Prioritize certain customers
    • Prepare to shut down certain functions
COVID-19 Best Practices for Construction Jobsites
For detailed practices, click on any the following:
OSHA Guidance on Recording Workplace Exposures to COVID-19
  • OSHA recordkeeping requirements at 29 CFR Part 1904 mandate covered employers record certain work-related injuries and illnesses on their OSHA 300 log.
  • COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. However, employers are only responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if all of the following are met:
    • The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see CDC information) on persons under investigation and presumptive positive and laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19);
    • The case is work-related, as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5; and
    • The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g. medical treatment beyond first-aid, days away from work).
  • For more information, click here.


Guidance

 


 
Situation Updates - CDC
 


CDC - Center for Disease Control 
 


W.H.O – World Health Organization 
 


Safety 
 


Legal 
 


Insurance 
 


Risk Management 
 


News & updates
 

US DOL Publishes New Federal Paid Leave Guidance Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employers about meeting their requirements to offer emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.  
     
  • The guidance – provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law. 
     
  • US DOL releases this FFCRA poster, which outlines details of the new, temporary, paid sick and family medical leave programs established as part of the federal response to the coronavirus.
Defense and Civilian Agencies Respond to AGC's Request for Guidance for Direct Federal Contractors:  USACE, GSA, and others provide guidance and planning for potential contract impacts due COVID-19. To read more, please click here.
 
AGC, Others, Push OSHA to Stop Treating Coronavirus Positives as Reportable Incidents & Calls for Flexibility for Firms Running Short of N95 Masks
  • AGC, along with our industry partners on the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), is pushing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to re-evaluate its decision to treat cases of employees contracting COVID-19 as recordable incidents. Instead, healthcare providers should be required to report these cases on their logs because they are in direct contact with people with confirmed cases and are at greatest risk.
     
  • At the same time, we are pushing OSHA to provide flexibility in enforcement with respect to respirator use due to the growing shortage of N95 respirators. For example, OSHA should consider allowing job rotation to reduce exposures to employees who may not have access to the appropriate masks. For more information, and to view a copy of the AGC/CISC letter, click here.


Project Shutdown Notices

 

Project Slowdown/Shutdown Guidance

 
 


Resources from AGC of America 
AGC WebEd
 
 AGC COVID-19 Surveys​​
 


Important / Useful Websites 

 
CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
OSHA – www.osha.gov
World health Organization - w.h.o. – www.who.int
TN Department of Health - www.tn.gov/health
AGC of America - https://www.agc.org/coronavirus-covid-19



 
 


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The information on this page was updated on April 2, 2020. 
 


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