How to Safely Run Your Construction Business Amidst COVID-19
Regardless of where your business is located, it’s important to be aware of how construction sites must change due to COVID-19 precautions. It’s crucial that you make necessary changes to protect your employees during this time.
In this post, we’ll review industry best-practices for working on construction sites while avoiding the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
5 Ways to Keep Your Construction Site Safe During The COVID-19 Pandemic
1. Map Project Sites in Advance
To ensure social distancing, map project sites in advance so that workers know how to keep a safe distance from each other. For example, you could install tape to show employees how much distance they should have from their coworkers. This will help you ensure that you don’t potentially spread COVID-19 on your job site.
2. Provide Workers with Necessary Safety Items
All employees should be given gloves, face masks, and shields. This will protect them if social distancing isn’t entirely possible as they complete their day-to-day tasks. Be sure to order ample amounts of these items, in the event they’re lost or can’t be reused.
3. Install Hand Washing Sites
On each job site, install hand washing sites so that employees can wash their hands throughout the day. In addition, it’s prudent to provide hand sanitizer to your workers, and place sanitizer bottles around your site.
4. Require Temperature Screening
Before the start of each workday, you may want to require workers to have their temperatures taken. If someone is sick, they should be sent home to avoid the spread of COVID-19 or other illnesses on your job site.
5. Create a Cleaning Schedule
Ensure that your job site is cleaned and disinfected regularly to keep your workers healthy. Follow a strict schedule and hire a cleaning crew that can appropriately handle it. You might also benefit from assigning cleaning tasks to members of your staff so that job sites are kept clean in the interim between professional cleanings.
Although these precautions might require financial investment and are time consuming to implement, they’ll be worthwhile in ensuring your business is being compliant with industry standards.
Due to this, your business may require additional financing to afford these changes. If this is the case, we suggest conducting research on business financing solutions.
Editor’s Note: This post was updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in August 2020.
Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author's alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.