COVID-19


The severe impact of COVID-19 can not be denied and is mandating changes in how we all do business. SMACNA remains committed to providing you with the information you need as you navigate the dynamic situations we all face. Stay alert on how COVID-19 is affecting our industry, your business, and you.

Paycheck Protection Program FAQs

These FAQs address the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), as recently amended by the American Rescue Plan Act, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021.  These FAQs are based upon the information and guidance issued by the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration as of April 6, 2021. We will continue to update these FAQs as we receive additional guidance from the SBA and the Treasury Department.    

MEMBER UPDATE Jan 27 2022

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OSHA Ends ETS Rule

On January 25, 2022, the Biden administration withdrew the “vaccine or test” rule in the wake of the Supreme Court halting enforcement.

Contracts Bulletin

Contracts Bulletin #125: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors

On September 9, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14042, “Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.” The Executive Order requires that federal department and agency contracts include a contractual clause forcing all contractors and subcontractors to comply with COVID-19 safety guidance published by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (the “Task Force”). 

MEMBER UPDATE Nov 18 2021

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OSHA Delays Enforcement of ETS Rule

On November 17, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published on its website that, in accordance with the order from the Fifth Circuit, it has “suspended” all enforcement activities with respect to the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) relating to COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing.

MEMBER UPDATE Sep 30 2021

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Federal Vaccine Guidance

Employees of federal contractors (and subcontractors) have until December 8 to be fully vaccinated or request and receive a medical or religious accommodation.

COVID-19 Sep 20 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Contractors

 Collectively and quickly responding to this pandemic is the most important immediate issue we face as an industry. The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and easily implemented tool now at our disposal to battle the pandemic and return to a normal life at home and on the job. The following resources will help contractors to educate employees and encourage a healthy and vaccinated workforce.

MEMBER UPDATE Aug 04 2021

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UPDATE - Can Employers Require COVID Vaccinations?

In December 2020, COVID-19 vaccines received emergency approval and began being distributed and administered. Since then, many employers have wondered if they can require their employees to be vaccinated despite multiple lawsuits against vaccination mandates. 

Contractor Operations Manual Jul 28 2021

Strategic Growth Amid COVID-19

COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented need to help mitigate the spread of the disease, creating huge areas of business growth opportunity for contractors. Properly designed and operating HVAC systems can help reduce the risks associated with virus transmission, and controlling airborne exposure to the virus is one way to mitigate the spread.

Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, can help reduce airborne exposures. Several areas have been identified as opportunistic by leading contractors including Indoor Air Quality, Outside Air Ventilation, Upgrades to air filtration, Fire and Life Safety, TAB work, preventative maintenance and service contracts, and Equipment replacement.  

This publication explores the areas that industry-leading contractors see as significant strategic business opportunities as a result of COVID-19. Updated July 2021

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Contractor Operations Manual Jul 28 2021

Successfully Managing a Remote Workforce: How to Maintain Productivity and Engagement

In response to the pandemic, many contractors have decided to have their employees work remotely. While there are obvious aspects of construction that require in-person presence on a jobsite, there are many that can be done remotely. Unlike industries where remote work has been being adopted for years, construction has been considered an in-person job. That’s begun to change. Studies have produced research-based practices that managers can implement with minimal effort to improve engagement and productivity. Updated July 2021.

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Member Update Jun 10 2021

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OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary COVID-19 Standard

This new emergency temporary standard has been put in place to protect healthcare workers from the coronavirus, while offering additional guidance to employers and workers in other industries to protect those who are still not vaccinated.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 10 2021

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Vaccine Policies for Contractors

Many contractors have inquired about the best COVID-19 vaccination policy to adopt, what legal pitfalls might exist for mandatory versus “strongly-encouraged” policies. Learn about both your rights as an employer, employees’ rights, the role the union plays in negotiating mandated policies and OSHA guidelines in this important and timely presentation.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 03 2021

Employers May Offer Vaccine Incentives

Updated EEOC guidelines note that EEO laws do not preclude employers from offering incentives to employees who voluntarily provide proof of a COVID vaccinations. Vaccination information must be kept confidential and remain in compliance with all federal disability laws and other protections against discrimination.

Podcast Apr 08 2021

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 15: IAQ and the Reopening of Schools, Buildings and Offices

In Episode 15 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President, chats with Tony Kocurek, SMACNA National Secretary–Treasurer and President of Energy Balance and Integration in Albuquerque, about how testing and balancing is being used to improve indoor air quality, as well as the role sheet metal contractors are playing in reopening schools, restaurants, offices and other businesses.

COVID-19 Apr 06 2021

Paycheck Protection Program FAQs by Topic

These FAQs address the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), as recently amended by the American Rescue Plan Act, which was signed into law by the President on March 11, 2021.  These FAQs are based upon the information and guidance issued by the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration as of April 6, 2021.  We will continue to update these FAQs as we receive additional guidance from the SBA and the Treasury Department.   

COVID-19

COVID-19 Exposure Control Planning Tool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommend that companies develop a plan to protect their employees and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

SMACNews

Code Inspections Amid COVID-19

For building inspectors, the novel coronavirus has made many of them rethink the way they approach building certifications, and even the way they interact with people on the jobsite.

Contracts Bulletin Apr 17 2020

Contracts Bulletin: COVID-19: Increased Construction Costs

Many subcontractors have faced additional costs associated with performing work at jobsites during the COVID-19 outbreak. These additional COVID-19-related costs come in many forms, including extra hand-washing stations, before-shift health checks, and larger quantities of personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and goggles. Learn more about several common construction contract provisions that could allow subcontractors to recover costs incurred as a result of COVID-19.

Podcast Apr 01 2020

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 11: COVID-19 Challenges and Opportunities

In Episode 11 of Let's Talk Shop,  host Angie Simon, CEO of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President, talks about how she and other contractors are dealing with the issues and shutdowns related to the spread of COVID-19. Rick Hermanson, CEO of Hermanson Company, and Joseph Lansdell, President of Poynter Sheet Metal, discuss working remotely, how they are handling safety and operations on job sites, what changes they foresee concerning future operations, and if there is any shining light to be gained from the current situation.

SMACNews

Contractor Completes COVID-19 Facility in Just 21 Days

Heritage Mechanical recently completed its work on a 1,000-bed temporary hospital erected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Stony Brook University’s Long Island campus. The tent hospital project is part of an effort to increase the number of hospital beds available to treat COVID-19.

Employee Policies

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New State COVID-19 Liability Laws

This presentation outlines the proposed “Safe to Work” Act, which imposes strict nationwide limitations on COVID-19 related tort liability.  The limitations are retroactive from December 1, 2019 and extend to October 1, 2024.