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COVID-19 Resources

The National Demolition Association remains open for business. Over the next few weeks our office will maintain normal office hours while our employees work remote. Additionally, we want to assure you that we will be monitoring legislation, industry resources and news and deliver you the most up-to-date information available on COVID-19.

We encourage you to bookmark this page and reference the material contained as you navigate COVID-19. In addition we encourage you to review our member survey on COVD-19 impact to the industry.

For the latest in legislative and regulatory COVID analysis visit Advocacy News. For the latest on NDA advocacy to the Adminstration, Congress and Federal Agencies visit Press Releases & Comments.

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Below is information for NDA members regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak with links to guidance and resources from the federal government and insdutry to best prepare your company and employees to handle the novel coronavirus. NDA will continue to update this page as more information is available.


Business Continuity

5 steps to proactively prepare your construction project to get back online after the COVID-19 crisis - Article from Constructiondive on five steps to proactively prepare your company.

Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructire Workers During COVID-19 Response - DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Guidance released Version 2.0 of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response (Guidance). The Guidance makes it clear that construction activities are included in its list of essential critical infrastructure workers. While not a federal directive, this recognition is critical to encouraging and supporting state and local jurisdictional determinations to maintain construction and remediation operations, including supply chains, as essential critical infrastructure.On Friday, April 17,2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released version 3.0 of its Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker guidance to help state and local jurisdictions and the private sector identify and manage their essential workforce while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

After a coronavirus-related project suspension, take these steps to protect your rights - In the post-COVID-19 construction climate, contractors around the country can expect to find themselves exposed to COVID-19-related delays or suspensions on their projects at some point. While project suspensions are often an unwelcome sight for many contractors, those contractors that are able to respond quickly and appropriately will be better positioned to overcome this hurdle successfully.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Flow Chart - The CARES Act tasks the Small Business Administration with overseeing the distribution of millions of dollars in loans and grants to help small businesses survive the pandemic. It also provides additional funding for SBA’s Resource Partners to provide advice and training to help small businesses respond to the unprecedented challenges in communities throughout the country. The CARES act has assistance in the form of loans, grants, and credits.  Your best resource is your bank or lending institution.

Construction Project Impact (COVID-19) - From Lockton Companies, construction industry specific items to consider in the event of a shutdown as well as links to resources.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Coronavirus 101 – Information from the on coronavirus transmission, symptoms, prevention, testing and treatment.
  • Coronavirus FAQ – The CDC answers frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus.
  • Coronavirus Situation Summary – Daily updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the United States and across the world.
  • Travel Guidance – Information from the CDC regarding travel guidance and advisories.

COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan for Construction - This plan from the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) outlines steps every construction employer and employee can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.  The plan describes how to prevent worker exposure, protective measures on the jobsite, personal protective equipment and work practice controls, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if a worker becomes sick. 

Included in the plan two letters: Essential Industry Employees who are traveling to construction jobsites and Employee Notification if a confirmed case of COVID-19 occurs at work, as well as a COVID-19 Checklist for Employers and Employees and a COVID-19 toolbox training talk.  This resource if fully customizable. (Spanish version can be found here). 

Demolition Industry Survey - We encourage you to review our member survey on COVD-19 impact to the industry. In addition, here are the results of the survey from both Constuction & Demolition Recycling and Waste Today for your reference.European Union and Covid-19 – A summary of measures and restrictions by country.

National Governoors Association - For the latest updates on national guard activations, restricted travel and other state-specific resources and actions, see the National Governors Association webpage. For information on state emergency/public health emergency declarations (All States/Territories) visit the State Action Tracking Chart (update daily).

NDA Town Hall Discussion: COVID-19 Federal Business Relief Resources - This prerecorded town hall covers, NDA efforts on behalf of the industry to ensure federal lawmakers understand how vital it is for supporting residential and commercial demolition. The webinar reviewed how companies can access federal resources and offered guidance on applications, federal agency resources and contacts, and other important information. A copy of the slide deck presentation can be found here.

Paperless Ticket System - This system allows the driver to stay safely in his truck and not have to work with a scale-house attendant or to touch a paper ticket.

Re-entry Checklist Resource Guide - NDA partner Affinity HR, customizable checklist for employers to consider when planning to reopen, or for those businesses who have remained open under an “essential business” classification. This checklist serves to provide some ideas, resources, and reminders on how to improve the level of safety and protection in your workplace.  

Return To Work Policy - In a continuing effort to provide resources necessary during the COVID-19 Pandemic, NDA partner, AAffinity HR has developed the following  customizable sample policy. While it is not necessary that employers have a policy for this purpose, some are requesting this guidance.  

Small Business Administration Loan Program - Companies that are interested in assistance please visit the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program website. The program provides targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Click here for an overview of the SBA. SBA has developed Lender Match, a free online referral tool that connects small businesses with participating SBA-approved lenders within 48 hours.

  • 7(a) program offers loan amounts up to $5,000,000 and is an all-inclusive loan program deployed by lending partners for eligible small businesses within the U.S. States and its territories. The uses of proceeds include: working capital; expansion/renovation; new construction; purchase of land or buildings; purchase of equipment, fixtures; lease-hold improvements; refinancing debt for compelling reasons; seasonal line of credit; inventory; or starting a business.
  • Express loan program provides loans up to $350,000 for no more than 7 years with an option to revolve. There is a turnaround time of 36 hours for approval or denial of a completed application. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.
  • Community Advantage loan pilot program allows mission-based lenders to assist small businesses in underserved markets with a maximum loan size of $250,000. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.
  • 504 loan program is designed to foster economic development and job creation and/or retention. The eligible use of proceeds is limited to the acquisition or eligible refinance of fixed assets.
  • Microloan program involves making loans through nonprofit lending organizations to underserved markets. Authorized use of loan proceeds includes working capital, supplies, machinery & equipment, and fixtures (does not include real estate). The maximum loan amount is $50,000 with the average loan size of $14,000.

U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Loan Guide to Help Small Businesses - The U.S. Chamber has created a guide to help small businesses, independent contractors, gig economy workers and other qualifying individuals prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  • Interactive map to show the aid available on a state-by-state basis. To view the interactive map, please click here.

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act - The US Senate published resource outlining the various relief programs available to U.S. Small Businesses.

Zoom – Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and group messaging into one easy-to-use platform. This solution offers video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing experience across multiple platforms.

  • Live Training Webinars - Zoom experts host free and interactive live training webinars daily. Get up to speed in less than an hour.
  • Success Guide to Webinar Scheduling & Customization - This is not a comprehensive how-to, but a quick reference guide through the process of scheduling and customizing your webinars. You will find best practices and tips included, as well links to our full support guides found in our Help Center.
  • Getting Started with Zoom Meetings - This 30-minute training session with live Q&A will provide a high-level tour of Zoom and cover the basics you need to get up and running.
  • Zoom Meetings Training - This 60-minute training session with live Q&A will review features applicable to Zoom Meetings and using the Zoom Client software. We will discuss scheduling and hosting your meetings.

Employee

Coronavirus Toolbox Talk - Sample toolbox talk for companies to use in daily safety talks.

COVID-19 Check List - Actions to take and check list for josite control to prevent infection.

COVID-19 Guidance: NDA Demolition Safety Talks - NDA sample toolbox talk for companies to use in daily safety talks. The toolbox talk is availble in our safety app.

 - As NDA members struggle with rapidly changing workplace laws, employee concerns and workplace contaminations due to coronavirus, our partner Affinity HR Group is now offering a prepaid COVID-19 human resource solution to assist you.  This service gives you discounted access to one of their HR professionals in time increments tailored to your needs.  Whether you require 10 minutes or 1 hour, rest assured they are here to help you navigate your business during this challenging time.

Emergency Paid Leave Request Form - Effective April 1, 2020, employees sickened with COVID-19 or home caring for children whose school or daycare was closed may be eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave or Emergency Paid Family Leave.  Linked is a customizable Emergency Paid Leave request form for your employees to use when seeking this leave.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact our partner, Affinity HR Group- 877-660-6400. 

Online Safety Training - NDA in partnership with 360training.com is providing our members with access to in-depth online training on a variety of demolition and construction topics including the OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 courses. Our comprehensive course library covers a wide range of safety and general industry topics and provides on-demand learning opportunities accessible to the end-use 24/7.

Resource Guide (COVID-19) - Compiled by our human resource partner, Affinity HR.  - The resource guide, meant to help preparedness, policies, and procedures, offers practical advice such as:

  • How to handle paid time off policies for your salaried and hourly workforces
  • Creative ideas for paid time off sharing
  • Salary allowances and practical work from home ideas
  • Legal considerations for individual illness or work stoppage
  • A variety of sample policies for you to copy and paste

OSHA/Department of Labor

Enforcement Memorandums: Seven (7) memorandums related to COVID-19 are in effect and intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis:

 

Guidance on Masks - OSHA issued frequently asked questions outlining the differences between cloth face coverings, surgical masks and respirators.

OSHA Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies for COVID-19  05/19/2020 - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s requirements with respect to COVID-19. First, OSHA is increasing in-person inspections at all types of workplaces. The new enforcement guidance reflects changing circumstances in which many non-critical businesses have begun to reopen in areas of lower community spread. Second, OSHA is revising its previous enforcement policy for recording cases of coronavirus. Under OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, coronavirus is a recordable illness, and employers are responsible for recording cases of the coronavirus, if the case:

Under the new policy issued today, OSHA will enforce the recordkeeping requirements of 29 CFR 1904 for employee COVID-19 illnesses for all employers. Given the nature of the disease and community spread, however, in many instances it remains difficult to determine whether a COVID-19 illness is work-related, especially when an employee has experienced potential exposure both in and out of the workplace. OSHA’s guidance emphasizes that employers must make reasonable efforts, based on the evidence available to the employer, to ascertain whether a particular case of COVID-19 is work-related.

Recording a COVID-19 illness does not mean that the employer has violated any OSHA standard. Following existing regulations, employers with 10 or fewer employees and certain employers in low hazard industries have no recording obligations; they need only report work-related COVID-19 illnesses that result in a fatality or an employee’s in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye

Guidance on Returning to Work to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses and their employees returning to work during the evolving coronavirus pandemic. The guidance supplements the U.S. Department of Labor’s and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ previously developed Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 and the White House’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again. The guidelines provide general principles for updating restrictions originally put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. During each phase of the reopening process, employers should continue to focus on strategies for basic hygiene, social distancing, identification and isolation of sick employees, workplace controls and flexibilities, and employee training.

OSHA Guidance to Help Construction Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a new webpage with coronavirus-related guidance for construction employers and workers. The guidance includes recommended actions to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. The webpage includes information regarding:

  • Using physical barriers, such as walls, closed doors, or plastic sheeting, to separate workers from individuals experiencing signs or symptoms consistent with the coronavirus;
  • Keeping in-person meetings (including toolbox talks and safety meetings) as short as possible, limiting the number of workers in attendance, and using social distancing practices;
  • Screening calls when scheduling indoor construction work to assess potential exposures and circumstances in the work environment before worker entry;
  • Requesting that shared spaces in home environments where construction activities are being performed, or other construction areas in occupied buildings, have good air flow; and
  • Staggering work schedules, such as alternating workdays or extra shifts, to reduce the total number of employees on a job site at any given time and to ensure physical distancing.

Visit OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage frequently for updates. For further information about the coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released guidance to provide information to employers about requirements for emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave established by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). As a reminder, the FFCRA requires all employers with fewer than 500 employees to offer up to 12 weeks of paid leave for absences related to COVID-19.

The law goes into effect on April 1, 2020. Requirements are subject to 30-day non-enforcement period for good faith compliance efforts.

FFCRA Poster - US DOL released a downloadable poster that outlines details of the new, temporary, paid sick and family medical leave programs established as part of the federal response to the coronavirus.  Beginning March 25, employers should print and post this poster at each office and jobsite.

Higher Risk Jobs Need Extra Protections to Keep Workers Safe (short video) - Video from DOL, higher risk jobs need extra protection to keep workers safe - #COVID19 Quick Safety Tips

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Recommendations from OSHA on workplace safety as well as mandatory safety and health standards.

OSHA Standards – OSHA standards and directives (instructions for compliance officers), including recording workplace exposures to COVID-19, and other related information that may apply to worker exposure to novel coronavirus.

Respiratory Protection Equipment - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new Enforcement Guidance for Use of Respiratory Protection Equipment Certified under Standards of Other Countries or Jurisdictions During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic. This memorandum provides additional interim guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the Respiratory Protection standard, 29 CFR § 1910.134, and certain other health standards, with regard to supply shortages of disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs). This guidance applies in all industries and outlines enforcement discretion to permit the use of FFRs and air-purifying elastomeric respirators that are either:

  • Certified under certain standards of other countries or jurisdictions, as specified below; or
  • When equipment certified under standards of other countries or jurisdictions is not available, previously certified under the standards of other countries or jurisdictions but are beyond their manufacturer’s recommended shelf life (i.e., expired).

For more information about COVID -19 please visit OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage and CDC's COVID-19 webpage.

Legal Considerations

Force Majeure - From Apollo General Insurance Agency, this document briefly reviews the rights and obligations to contracts and the requirements that must be met for the Force Majeure clause to take effect.

Force Majeure Clauses - This article explains ways contractors can seek to protect themselves is by including a “force majeure” clause in their contracts.

Legal Guidance Document (COVID-19) - The COVID-19 outbreak risks disrupting demolition projects in many different ways.

  • Now is the time to prepare your company for addressing delay and disruption impacts to your active jobs from a legal standpoint. 
  • This guide from McAlpine PC lays out basic principles to bear in mind for giving your owners/GCs notice of impacts, and outlines legal options you may have if your jobs are seriously impacted or even shut down.
  • Always consult with your lawyer for legal advice relevant to your company’s actual situation, but this guide may help you flag key issues to be aware of and discuss with your attorneys.

Return to Work Resources - From Littler Law. As employers begin to “Return to Work” over the coming weeks and months, here are several helpful resources that Littler has put together as part of thier Return to Work Initiative.  These resources include industry-specific Safety and Health Return to Work Toolkits and a Temperature and Symptom Screening Return to Work Toolkit.  The attached flyer details.

Temporary Construction Site Shutdown - From Lockton Companies, builders risk and general liability loss control measures for a temporary jobsite shutdown.

Executive Leadership

Employee Considerations for Re-Opening Work - Prerecorded Webinar – This prerecorded webinar with NDA partner, Affinity HR Group discusses ways to structure and/or stage a safe return to work, how best to layout and sanitize the workplace and safe practices for managing potentially exposed, sick and recovered employees according to CDC guidelines.

Employer COVID-19 Response – Prerecorded Webinar – In this prerecorded session, NDA partner Affinity HR Group provides the latest update (April 1, 2020) on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (In effect Wednesday April 1, 2020).

Topics include:

  • Present an overview of the CARES Act
  • Address COVID-19 Employer responses and legal requirements
  • Question & Answer session 

Employer Information – Interim guidance for businesses and employers from the CDC to plan and respond to novel coronavirus.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (COVID-19) - Prerecorded Webinar – In this prerecorded session NDA partner, Affinity HR Group discussed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The Act established two new federal laws: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family & Medical Expansion Act. The webinar reviewed the provisions of the new laws, what they cover, what they don't, and what employers need to know.

Topics include:

  • How to comply with the new Families First Act
  • Issues relating to telecommuting
  • Impacts of "Remain in Place" requirements, definitions of "essential businesses" and more

How to Plan (COVID-19) - Prerecorded Webinar - NDA partner, Affinity HR Group has compiled some important information for you to consider in the prerecorded webinar. Issues discussed in this webinar:

  • Advise on how to manage sick, vulnerable and at-risk employees
  • Offer suggestions on establishing various PTO & sick leave scenarios
  • Cover work-from-home, leave-of-absence and other temporary workplace policies
  • Review federal and state laws that may impact your preparations

How to Address COVID-19 Cases in the Workplace (Prerecorded Webinar) - This prerecorded webinar with NDA partner, Claudia St. John, Affinity HR Group, addresses how to deal with actual COVID-19 cases within the workplace. As this pandemic matures across the U.S., businesses are evolving from preparing for to dealing with coronavirus infections. This webinar addresses ongoing questions such as:

  • What happens if there is an exposure in my workplace?
  • What should we do if an employee's spouse gets sick?
  • What documents do "essential employees" need if they are pulled over on the way to work?
  • What if an "essential employee" is afraid to come to work?
  • What documents do we need if someone needs to take Emergency Sick Leave?

Return to Work Site Toolkit - From Lockton Companies, return to work site toolkit. The toolkit covers an array of topics to consider when bringing employees back to worksites over the coming weeks.

Topics cover:

  • Building a return to work site task force
  • Considerations for reopening a work site
  • Employee benefit and retirement plan considerations
  • Business insurance considerations
  • Culture
  • Employee communication

Donate

Donate PPE – Urgent request from the University of Washington (UW) Medicine health system in Seattle, WA. Seattle is at the forefront of the COVID 19 pandemic and is seeing a growing shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE is the limiting factor to being able to deliver life-saving treatment. University of Washington (UW) Medicine health system is in desperate need of;

  • N95 respirators (all sizes);
  • Tyvek suits (all sizes);
  • Nitrile gloves (all sizes);
  • Clear plastic face shields to cover N95;
  • Half face respirators and N100 /or P100 cartridges (all sizes).

If you are able to donate or sell these supplies, click here.

Face convering donation - Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) and American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) – joined forces to encourage and enable their members and the general public to make and donate face coverings.

FEMA: How to Help - Information and links regarding FEMA's charitable efforts and how your company can assist in the effort.

GetUsPPE.org - Empowering communities to get PPE to the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mask Match - Mask Match matches people who have face-mask supplies with hospitals in dire need of them. Send your N95 masks to healthcare workers who need them now.

Additional Resources

Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources – From construction trade association Associated Builders and Contractors coronavirus resources and Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources.

COVID-19 Guidance for Construction Employers - From labor union LIUNA safety resource, Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund. The Fund has developed recommended actions and guidance that construction employers and workers can follow to limit the spread of the virus and reduce risk on construction sites.

NDA Business Partners

Affinity HR Group

McAlpine PC

Please note these resources do not constitute legal advice. Many of these resources may be subject to interpretation and companies should consult with their own counsel.

We appreciate and thank you for your patience as we navigate this evolving situation. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions on upcoming events or resources, info@demolitionassociation.com, 202.367.1152.


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