Twice since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic — in April 2020 and in January 2021 — NAHB encouraged members and all other residential construction companies to halt work for at least 10 minutes for a COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Stand Down to remind workers what they should do to keep themselves safe from coronavirus and to help reduce its spread.
As part of the safety stand down, members were asked to relay coronavirus safety precautions, such as wearing face coverings, maintaining a distance of six feet between workers at all times, cleaning and sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis, ensuring the proper sanitation of common surfaces and equipment, and providing safe, clean, and accessible restrooms and adequate hand washing stations.
What is a Safety Stand Down?
This safety stand down is a voluntary event for employers to reinforce the need to follow all COVID-19 safe work practices and protocols with workers and encourage them not let their guard down in preventing the spread of the virus.
Who Should Participate?
Construction of single family and multifamily housing has been deemed an “Essential Infrastructure Business” allowing construction to continue. Small and large construction companies, residential construction contractors, and sub- and independent contractors should all participate in the stand-down.
Three Steps to Hold Your Own Stand Down:
- Prepare. Compile the information you will need for the stand down. NAHB has developed detailed blueprints — in English and Spanish — for builders and trade contractors to conduct their COVID-19 safety stand downs.
- Cover the basics. As COVID-19 cases surge, stress the importance of preventing the virus spread by encouraging workers to following basic infection prevention measures.
- Hold your stand-down. Present the information to the workers, keeping it short and simple. The safety information can be distributed digitally (through email and/or text).
NAHB and other construction industry partners have also developed a comprehensive Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction that outlines the steps every employer and employee should take to reduce the risk of exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. It describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the job site, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be used, cleaning and disinfecting procedures and what to do if a worker becomes sick.