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NDA Events and COVID-19 – The National Demolition Association is paying close attention to the rapidly changing situation related to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We understand that concerns for health, safety and the impact on meeting attendance, among other issues, are affecting our members.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
- 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.
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
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.
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.
Temporary Construction Site Shutdown - From Lockton Companies, builders risk and general liability loss control measures for a temporary jobsite shutdown.
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).
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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