This guidance, including sample documents, is provided here to help you comply with the Governor’s Reopening Guidance for Business and Workers.
CURRENT STATUS OF CONSTRUCTION
As of May 4, 2021: The construction industry continues to remain open and is required to continue to adhere to the Construction COVID-19 Job Site Requirements first introduced in May 2020.
Failure to comply with jobsite safety requirements could result in a jobsite being shut down, potential legal liability, safety fines, or loss of license.
New guidance released for events
The Governor’s office has posted guidance for fairs and special events, last updated April 26, 2021. The Washington Festivals and Events Association provides resources for event planners as well.
Construction eligible for vaccines!
The entire construction industry became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines effective March 31. This includes everyone who works in the construction industry, including administrative staff.
You are no longer required to use the state’s online eligibility tool to provide proof of eligibility to get your vaccination. You can find vaccine appointments via the DOH Vaccine Locator site: VaccinateWA. Everyone over the age of 16 became eligible for the vaccine starting April 15, 2021.
- On Jan. 11, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee signed the “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” proclamation, detailing his plan for a regional approach to reopening Washington’s economy.
- On March 11, 2021: Gov. Inslee announced he was returning to a county-by-county approach to reopening and moved all counties to Phase 3.
- On April 12, 2021: Inslee announced three counties (Pierce, Cowlitz and Whitman) were rolling back to Phase 2. The three counties did not meet the Governor’s metrics for Phase 3. The next review of metrics is May 3.
- Latest news: On May 4, the governor announced a two-week pause, keeping all counties in their current phases. At this point, Pierce, Cowlitz and Whitman counties remain in Phase 2 and all other counties remain in Phase 3.
The most recent Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery includes a map of the which counties are in each phase, a list of the current criteria and a chart of activities allowed by phase.
Expanded PPP loans
The US Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw Loans from January 11- May 31, 2021. For more information about the PPP and SBA Lender Match on the SBA PPP website.
The Governor’s Construction COVID-19 Jobsite Requirements (Issued on May 12, 2020 and last updated 1/11/2021), authorized all construction to resume, including those activities for which social distancing may not be maintained and new construction projects.
- Recording of Jobsite Safety Requirements Webinar – May 20, 2020
- Recording of Jobsite Safety Requirements Webinar – May 27, 2020
Jobsite Safety Plan Template
A Jobsite Safety Plan, signed by the contractor, must be developed for every jobsite. This plan must also be produced at the request of any employee or regulator. The following is a complete Jobsite Safety Plan template for you to customize for each of your jobsites:
Job Hazard Analysis
The COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Requirements require you to complete a Job Hazard Analysis on every jobsite where there are moderate and high-risk task levels.
Required Jobsite Postings
The COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Requirements mandate that you post on each jobsite, publicly viewable at all times, the following information.
- Required hygienic practices (like those found on this CDC Poster): Don’t touch face with unwashed hands or with gloves; wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, machines, shared tools, elevator control buttons, and doorknobs; cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing as well as other hygienic recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
- Name and contact information for the COVID-19 Supervisor(s)
Every employee must receive an initial COVID 19-specific Training Session. In addition, weekly COVID-19 safety talks are required under the COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Requirements. Below is a sample for the initial training session and log-in sheet to kick off your return to work:
- Labor & Industries’ Roadmap to Recovery COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Requirements (1/2021)
- L&I’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention: General Workplace Requirements – SUMMARY
- L&I’s Coronavirus Employee Training PowerPoint template
- DOSH Directive 1.70, with 12/22/20 update
- Coping with COVID-19 in Construction, Spanish
- BIAW Staff Contact Information