NLBMDA supports Job Site Safety Stand Down

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NLBMDA supports Job Site Safety Stand Down

By HBSDealer Staff - 04/14/2020
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) said it is supporting a Job Site Safety Stand Down proposed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The NAHB wants to see companies halt work for at least 10 minutes on April 16 for the purposes of using the time to educate workers about COVID-19 safety. The home builder association cites the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent designation of construction of single-family and multifamily housing as an “Essential Infrastructure Business,” which NLBMDA lobbied DHS for, allowing construction to continue in places under stay-at-home orders.

While this guidance isn’t binding, it is possible that more workers will return to job sites in the coming week as states follow the guidance, the NLBMDA said.

The message that the NAHB and NLBMDA want relayed to workers includes maintaining a distance of no less than six feet with others at all times, cleaning and sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis and ensuring the proper sanitation of common surfaces and equipment.

The NLBMDA has compiled federal guidance and resources at its COVID-19 Action Resource Center.

Additionally, the NAHB and its partners have prepared a comprehensive Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction that outlines the steps every employer and employee should take to reduce the risk of exposure to and transmission of COVID-19