The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its Construction COVID-19 Checklists for Employers and Employees. Both include interactive tools to help employers and workers weigh the risks and benefits of various precautions to help protect construction workers and slow the spread of COVID-19. The CDC encourages contractors to consider the mental health and wellbeing of their workers.
The checklist for construction employers includes:
The checklist for construction workers includes:
Contractors should speak openly with all of their workers about how the pandemic is affecting work, while also setting clear expectations and ensuring there is a system in place to identify and provide mental health services to employees in need of support, since workers are often reluctant to speak up about their mental health.
The CDC notes that the pandemic has negatively affected employee mental health for several reasons, including having concerns about the risk of being exposed to the virus, uncertainty about the future, having to adapt to changing or extended work schedules, among other factors.
Contractors are also encouraged to visit CIASP’s Prevent Suicide Construction website and complete a needs assessment to determine how to promote strong, open and healthy jobsites.
Learn more about conducting a hazard assessment.
Consult the guide to What Construction Workers Need to Know about COVID-19 for additional information.