COVID-19 National Safety Standdown

As COVID-19 cases continue to spread across the country and local governments impose new stay-at-home orders, it is more important than ever to remind key officials that the construction industry continues to work in a safe and essential manner during this pandemic. To show we are staying safe on jobsites and reducing the spread of the coronavirus, ABC, and the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) are hosting a COVID-19 Safety Stand Down from Jan. 11-15, with ABC members targeting Thursday, Jan. 14 for member activities.

What can you do to host a stand-down?

  1. 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. You can also view these COVID-19 resources.
  2. Cover the basics. Stress the importance of preventing the virus spread by encouraging workers to following basic infection prevention measures, such as wearing face coverings, always maintaining six feet between workers and cleaning, and sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis.
  3. 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).
  4. Share with ABC. Share photos and information about your stand-down with ABC using the hashtag #COVID19SafetyStandDown on your social media channels.

A sample toolbox talk is attached here