AGC NYS and AGC of America have been receiving inquiries from members about industry response and preparation for Coronavirus. In response, AGC NYS has assembled a range of information from public health experts on the coronavirus as a resource. You can find those resources below, and we will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. We urge you to share this with your personnel, and please reach out to AGC NYS at (518) 456-1134 with any questions.
Links to resources by category can be found here:
|What you should know||Employer Resources|
|How it spreads||Public Health Crises|
|What to do if you’re sick||Plan & Prepare|
|Coronavirus Cycle||Protecting Workers|
|NYS Paid Sick Leave – Employers|
|Contract Issues||Teleworking Guidelines|
|Managing Project Risk||Legal Checklist|
|Force Majeure Event||Workplace Preparedness|
|Guidelines from Peckar & Abramson, P.C.||Employee Temperature Monitoring|
|Prevailing Wage Study||Grassi & Co. Coronavirus Resources|
|Contract Notice Template (3/23)||EEOC Guidance (3/19)|
|Managing construction project suspension and restart risks (3/24)||Cleaning & Health Best Practices (3/20)|
|FFCRA Poster (3/25)|
|Construction Delays Map (3/27)|
|Public Agency and Legislative Info||OSHA Documents||AGC NYS Materials|
|New York State DOH||Travel Card||Know the Facts|
|Department of Defense||Preventing Worker Exposure||Know the Facts Pt. 2|
|NYS DOH Public Gathering||OSHA Update (3/16)||Protect Yourself|
|Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19||Protect Jobsites|
|Paid Sick Leave Bill||Executive Orders||COVID-19 Poster|
|NYSDOT Guidance (3/19)||State Executive Orders Landing Page||Workforce Reduction & Paid Family Leave Webinar (3/23)|
|NYSTA Guidance (3/20)||EO202.6 – Construction Deemed Essential||Surety Industry Checklist (3/24)|
|MTA Guidance (3/20)||Executive Order 202.8 (3/21)||Insurance, Bonding and Workers Compensation Webinar (3/29)|
|OGS Guidance (3/21)||Executive Order 202.9 (3/21)|
|NYSTA Guidance (3/22)||ESD Q&A (3/23)||From AGC of America|
|Canal Corp. Guidance||Updated ESD Guidance (3/27)||AGC of America Guidelines|
|MTA C&D Exposure Guidance (3/24)||Industry Outlook – Ken Simonson|
|SUCF Guidance (3/25)||AGCA Data Digest|
|Emergency Paid Sick Leave FAQs (3/27)||Press Release on Possible Shutdown|
|West Point Construction Update (3/27)||Webinar Series (3/21)|
|OGS Guidance (3/28)||Jobsite Practices – AGC Oregon|
|Proactive Measures for Addressing COVID-19 (3/24)|
|AGC of America CARES Act Analysis (3/27)|
|NYC Specific Information||Federal Resources|
|NYC DOB COVID-19 Homepage||Naval Facilities Guidance (3/23)|
|New York City DOH||Defense Industrial Base Guidance (3/23)|
|MTA Protocol||USDOL FFCRA Employer Fact Sheet (3/24)|
|NYC DOB Service Notice (3/16)||USDOL FFCRA Employee Fact Sheet (3/24)|
|NYC DOB Service Notice (3/17)||USDOL FFCRA Q&A (3/24)|
|Building Trades Protocol||FFCRA Posting Q&A (3/26)|
|NYC SCA Remains Open||Federal Employees Rights FFCRA Paid Sick Leave Poster (3/26)|
|NYC DOB Enforcement Notice (3/19)||Employee Rights FFCRA Paid Leave Poster (3/26)|
|NYC DOB Full Demolition and Site Safety Plans (3/19)||FFCRA Field Assistance Bulletin (3/26)|
|NYC DOB Best Practices – Dust Mitigation (3/20)||Pre-Screening Questionnaire (3/26)|
|NYC DOB – Preventing Contamination (3/20)||U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Emergency Loans (3/28)|
|NYC DOB Service Notice (3/20)||USDOL FFCRA Questions and Answers (3/28)|
|NYC DOB Service Notice (3/23)||Department of Homeland Security Guidance (3/29)|
|NYC Division of Schools Permit Process (3/24)|
|NYC DOB Summary of Changes (3/24)|
|NYC DOB Service Notice (3/26)|
|FDNY Notice (3/26)|
|NYS SCA Notice of Direction (3/27)|
Friday, March 27, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.
FREE to attend
Part I: Your Federal and State Legal Obligations to Provide Paid and/or Unpaid Leave to Your Employees
Part II: What the Federal and Many State Labor and Employment Laws Are Likely to Require of You, as You Adjust Your Operations to Meet the Latest Contingencies
Part III: The Contractual and Related Legal Protections and Risks for Construction Companies
March 26, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Part IV: How to Protect Your People and Your Projects
March 27, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Part V: The Components of a Comprehensive Project Continuity Plan
March 30, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Part VI: Insurance Coverage and Claims for Losses Resulting from the Outbreak
March 31, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Part VII: The Additional Pressure that the Outbreak Could be Putting on Your Information Technology
April 1, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Part VIII: What You Need to Watch, as the Outbreak Continues to Unfold
There will be a live Q&A session at the end of each presentation, so bring your questions and take advantage of the opportunity to engage directly with the experts.
OSHA Revises Coronavirus Reporting Requirement after AGC Intervention; Reporting Required in Limited Circumstance where there is Evidence Employee Contracted the Virus at Place of Work
On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provided guidance requiring the recording and reporting of workplace exposures to COVID-19. That guidance did not take into account: the logistical nightmare employers would face to determine where someone contracted the virus—workplace or elsewhere—just as with a non-recordable occurrence of a worker contracting the common cold or influenza at the workplace; the impact this very broad policy could have on workers’ compensation plans; and the impact on contractors’ safety ratings for insurance and owner requirements.
On Thursday, March 12, 2020, AGC of America CEO Stephen Sandherr spoke one-on-one with U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia on this issue noting AGC’s deep concerns with and opposition to such broad guidance. Shortly after that call, on Friday March 13, 2020, OSHA issued new guidance. That guidance limits when COVID-19 can be a recordable illness to medically confirmed cases of COVID-19 that fall within a narrowed field of incidents that employers could then presume occurred on the jobsite. It is critical that employers conduct an assessment of the employee’s work duties and environment prior to making a decision to record the case, or not, just as you would with any other type of incident. OSHA makes it clear in their guidance, and their existing recordkeeping regulation, that if there is no evidence that the employee contracted the virus in the workplace, it is not a recordable illness
Click here for a summary of the guidance along with additional information to consider as it relates to OSHA’s requirements for recording and reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses.
The Buildings Department is reminding our industry partners to take special care of their workers and construction sites.
The City’s Department of Health & Mental Hygiene has provided guidance on limiting the spread of COVID-19 which can be found here.
We ask that you be vigilant in monitoring your construction sites. Construction sites closed for a prolonged period of time can themselves pose a hazard to the public. In the event you chose to close a construction site due to illness, cleaning, or merely as a precaution, we ask the following:
E-mail the Department at COVIDemail@example.com and include in the Subject Line the location of your construction site and the period of time for which you expect it to be closed. Upon reopening the site, use the same e-mail address to update us.
Should you choose to close your site, for the public’s protection you must:
Finally, construction sites requiring a Department-licensed safety professional cannot operate without one. If your safety professional is out sick, they must be replaced or permitted work cannot be performed.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.
Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
Develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19
Have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging businesses to begin preparations for the spread of the Coronavirus in the United States. In order to assist you in these preparations, you are encouraged to take the following steps:
Educate your employees
Follow the CDC recommendations for employers: