Occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals are an excellent resource for construction firms with 20 or fewer employees facing ongoing challenges keeping their safety programs up to date. OSH professionals can help by:
Sharing information in easy-to-understand language. (See CDC COVID-19 Construction info.)
Providing information in Spanish and other languages used by construction workers in the community.
Posting information on company or partner websites, social media, or bulletin boards that are accessible and trusted.
Engaging local health departments. While not typical construction firm partners, local health departments have information and resources — often in multiple languages — to help with COVID-19 questions and vaccine information.
Find your state and local health department here.
Construction is an essential service, dominated by small construction firms. More than 90% of U.S. construction firms employ 20 or fewer workers. Because construction work has been deemed essential during the pandemic, workers in the trades continue to report to job sites in-person, putting themselves at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
Read more about the risks COVID-19 presents to construction workers, how to help protect workers from exposure to SARS-Cov-2, and other ways to help mitigate the virus’s spread.
We must all do our part to protect the health and safety of our workers.