COVID-19 Resource Center

Across the world we are facing uncertain times together as the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve. During these challenging times, SAIA is committed to communicating proactively with all of our members as we navigate these uncharted waters together. This is why we created a COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER.  This resource center is dedicated entirely to COVID-19 and will include daily updates from the government, helpful resources/links, and provide you with ways you and your company can make a difference. 

Links to COVID-19 Resources 

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OSHA COVID-19

The federal government is taking steps to stem the spread of COVID, updates to actions taken can be found below:

  • 5/20/2020 - Pelosi: Proxy voting for House floor next week.

OSHA COVID-19

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

  • 05/12 – VT – Manufacturing and construction can restart todayRead here
  • 05/12 – PA – Some projects still on hold due to outbreaksRead here.
  • 05/12 – NY – Construction can restart in three regionsRead here
  • 05/12 – School construction in NY to reopen if stimulus arriveRead here.


The federal government is taking steps to stem the spread of COVID, updates to actions taken can be found below:

  • 5/12/2020 - HEROES Act Proposal. House will meet on Friday to vote on this bill. The HEROES Act Summary.


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The federal government is taking steps to stem the spread of COVID, updates to actions taken can be found below:

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

  • 05/11 – MA – Boston mayor suggests restrictions may ease further. Read here. 
  • 05/11 – NY – Potential for upstate NY construction to resume on May 15. Read here. 

Laborers' Health & Safety Fund of North America 


OSHA COVID-19

Enforcement Memorandums: Eight (8) memorandums related to COVID-19 are in effect and intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis:

Laborers' Health & Safety Fund of North America

CPWR for the Construction Industry

COVID-19 Resource Page​​
  • on May 7th, CPWR launched the new CPWR COVID-19 Construction Clearinghouse, which we established to give our industry easier access to reliable, current information. This free, online resource highlights resources on crucial topics such as Guidance on Workplace Practices, State and Local Requirements, Training Resources, and many others. The materials from other organizations that were previously on this page have been moved to the Clearinghouse. 

o    ​If you know of materials that should be considered for the Clearinghouse, particularly innovative practices and equipment being used on job sites to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please click here or email them at covid19@cpwr.com

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

 

  • 05/07 – MA – Boston construction set to resume May 18 as long as virus continues to recede. Read here.

The federal government is taking steps to stem the spread of COVID, updates to actions taken can be found below:

Included below is a list of general COVID-19 resources grouped by agency and additional industry-specific COVID-19 resources grouped by industry. It is intended as a resource and is not comprehensive. 
 

General Resources by Agency

Department of Labor

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA’s primary resource is the COVID-19 Safety and Health Topics PageThis page is being updated routinely and we encourage you to review it frequently. General guidance released and housed on this page includes:

Enforcement Memorandums: Eight (8) memorandums related to COVID-19 are in effect and intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis:

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)


WHD’s Primary Resource is its WHD COVID-19 Official Webpage, which provides information on the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC’s primary resource is the CDC COVID-19 Official Webpage. This page is being updated routinely and we encourage you to review it frequently. Recent guidance released and housed on this page includes:

 
Additional Resources by Industry Sector
 

Healthcare Industry Resources:

OSHA/State Plans:
 


NIOSH/CDC:
 


Retail, Service, and Manufacturing Industry Resources:

OSHA/State Plans:
 


NIOSH/CDC
 

Construction Industry Resources:

OSHA/State Plan:

 

CPWR- The Center for Construction Research and Training
 

The General Building Contractors Association
 


Agriculture

OSHA/State Plan:

 

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

 

  • 05/06 – MA – Massachusetts Unions eager for restart. Read Here


 

 

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

 

  • 04/29 – FL – Disney’s construction division lays off hundreds. Read here
  • 04/29 – TX – Nearly 70% of Texas construction firms have projects on hold. Read here
  • 04/29 – OH – Construction can begin May 4. Read here. 
  • 04/29 – NY – Gov’s 12 step plan to reopen economy. Read here
  • 04/29 – NY – More than 5,200 NYC projects reopen. Read here. 
  • 04/29 – CA – LA expands free testing for construction workers. Read here.
  • 04/29 – CA – San Fran extends construction restrictions through May. Read here. 
  • 04/29 – MA – Boston safety rules take shape. Read here. 

 

Department of Labor (DOL)
New DOL Overtime Rules For Employers– New Regulations To Mitigate Legal & Financial Risks In 2020. Register for the May 7th Webinar
 

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

 

  • 04/29 – FL – Disney’s construction division lays off hundreds. Read here
  • 04/29 – TX – Nearly 70% of Texas construction firms have projects on hold. Read here
  • 04/29 – OH – Construction can begin May 4. Read here. 
  • 04/29 – NY – Gov’s 12 step plan to reopen economy. Read here
  • 04/29 – NY – More than 5,200 NYC projects reopen. Read here. 
  • 04/29 – CA – LA expands free testing for construction workers. Read here.
  • 04/29 – CA – San Fran extends construction restrictions through May. Read here. 
  • 04/29 – MA – Boston safety rules take shape. Read here. 

Department of Labor (DOL)
New DOL Overtime Rules For Employers– New Regulations To Mitigate Legal & Financial Risks In 2020. Register for the May 7th Webinar

 

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

 

  • 04/28 - NY - Gov says construction ready for phased reopening. Read here.
  • 04/28 - WA - Gov allows some projects to reopen. Read here. 
  • 04/28 - MI - Gov says construction may be next to restart. Read here.
  • 04/28 - CA - San Jose officials consider easing restrictions. Read here.

 

Laborers' Health & Safety Fund of North America 

OSHA COVID-19

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

 

  • 04/27 - WA - Construction industry set to resume after one month shutdown. Read here. 

Congressional Research Service Report: COVID-19 Aid State and Local Allocations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued two COVID-19 products over the weekend that we would like to make you aware of:

 

  • Enforcement Guidance on Decontamination of Filtering Facepiece Respirators in Healthcare During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) PandemicThis memorandum provides interim guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the Respiratory Protection standard, 29 CFR § 1910.134, with regard to the reuse of filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) that have been decontaminated through certain methods. The guidance describes decontamination methods for FFRs contaminated with pathogens, and is not intended to facilitate re-use of FFRs laden with other contaminants (e.g., FFRs overloaded with silica dust). It expands flexibilities outlined in OSHA's previous COVID-19 enforcement memoranda posted at www.osha.gov/enforcementmemos.  The memorandum takes effect immediately, will remain in effect until further notice, and is intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis.

 

 

For more information about COVID -19 please visit OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage and CDC's COVID-19 webpage.


CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

 

  • 04/24 - US - House passes addition to PPP. Read here.
  • 04/24 - US - State DOTs expedite millions for projects. Read here.
  • 04/24 - PA - What to expect when construction sites open. Read here.
  • 04/24 - PA - Construction can begin May 1. Read here.
  • 04/24 - NY- Gov changes rules for projects already underway. Read here.
  • 04/24 - CA - $3B terminal one project still a go. Read here
  • 04/24 - CA - Napa Valley relaxes construction rules. Read here.
  • 04/24 - TX - Rollingwood clarifies construction process. Read here. 


House Passes Bill to add $310B to Paycheck Protection Program

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

 

 

  • 04/22 - US - Senate approves injection to PPP program. Read here
  • 04/22 - WA - Some construction can resume in future. Read here.
  • 04/22 - NC - NCDOT announces layoffs and construction delays. Read here
  • 04/21 – CAN – ON and QC ease construction rules. Read here.
  • 04/21 – PA – Construction may resume with strict guidelines on May 8. Read here

 The federal government is taking steps to stem the spread of COVID, updates to actions taken can be found below:

OSHA COVID-19

 

Unemployment Insurance Relief During COVID-19


4/20/2020 - Lawmakers propose 
additional $500 billion for state & local governments


OSHA Region VI and OSHA Education Centers in Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas, are offering a free online presentation on Heat Illness Prevention. The webinar focuses on the hazards of working in the heat, and the best practices for addressing those hazards. This one-hour webinar will be available for viewing beginning on May 19, 2019. Register here

https://www.foley.com/-/media/files/insights/publications/2020/04/coronavirus-affecting-construction-tracker--47.pdf

OSHA COVID-19

Department of Labor (DOL)

 

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

  • 04/17 – US – President picks construction revival team. [paywall] Read here
  • 04/17 – GA – Plant Vogtle cuts back workforce due to virus. Read here.


CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

04/15 – US – ENR Survey/40% of firms have laid off workers. Read here.

04/15 – NC – NCDOT cuts $2B of projected bids due to projected revenue fall. Read here.

04/15 – WA – Port construction halted. Read here.

04/15 – MN – Massive Mall of America project stalls. Read here.


CARES Act Summar
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Deferral of Employment Tax Deposits & Payments 

        IRS Portal: State and Local Relief Funds

 

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

  • 04/11 – TX – DFW construction timeline to be “revisited.” Read here.
  • 04/11 – CA – SF Dept of Building flooded with complaints. Read here.
  • 04/11 – CA – Even with “essential” work, contractor on standby. [Paywall] Read here.
  • 04/11 – MN – Construction companies sue city for stopping projects. Read here.
  • 04/11 – MI -Home construction comes to a halt. Read here.

CPWR for the Construction Industry

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

  • 04/10 – CA – SF Planning Commission resumes work with 1,100 home redevelopment. Read here.
  • 04/10 – SFO delays $1B terminal project. Read here.
  • 04/10 – DC – Outbreak hasn’t derailed this College Park development project. Read here.

 

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

  • 04/09 – NJ - State shuts down non-essential jobs. Read here.
  • 04/09 – NY - Virus forces NYC Condo developers into race against time. Read here.
  • 04/09 – CO - What developers can expect for permits and inspections. Read here.
  • 04/09 – DC - Outbreak hasn’t dampened optimism (for now). Read here.
  • 04/09 – NC - Developers/contractors walk legal tightrope. Read here.
  • 04/09 – EU - Europe construction activity collapses. Read here.

 

OSHA COVID-19

Expanded Temporary Enforcement Guidance on Respiratory Protection Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces in All Industries 


The federal government is taking steps to stem the spread of COVID, updates to actions taken can be found below:


Department of Labor (DOL)

 

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES

  • 04/08 – EU - Europe construction activity collapses. Read here.
  • 04/08 – US - Treasury eases path to paycheck protection loans. Read here.
  • 04/08 – MA - Mayor says, “shut it down.” [paywall] Read here.
  • 04/08 – FL - Florida accelerates DOT projects during shutdown. Read here.
  • 04/08 – FL - Miami-Dade lets construction go on, some cities say no. Read here.

 

Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19

The federal government is taking steps to stem the spread of COVID, updates to actions taken can be found below:


OSHA COVID-19

      
1. OSHA Resource Page
     
 2. Enforcement Guidance for Use of Respiratory Protection Equipment Certified under Standards of Other Countries or 
      Jurisdictions During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
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3. New OSHA videos offer quick tips on assessing and responding to workplace risks to reduce the spread of COVID-19
     

CPWR for the Construction Industry
      1. COVID-19 Resource Page 
      2. Guidance on COVID-19 in English and Spanish that CPWR is updating regularly
      3. Toolbox Talk about COVID-19.

OSHA Quickcards

Key OSHA Standards for COVID-19
Prevent Worker Exposure to COVID-19, English Version & Spanish Version
Protect Yourself during a Pandemic, 
English Version & Spanish Version

Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces During the COVID-19 Outbreak

How COVID-19 is impacting the AEC Industry

Short--term pain but strong rebound

Getting cash for your small business through the Cares Act
        CARES Act Summary

Construction Daily News & Resource Tracker

US Map of construction impact due to the COVID-19

State & MSA Construction Activity


Managing a Coronavirus Related Constrution Project Shutdown


New Department of Homeland Security guidance has clarified construction's role in supporting essential critical infrastructure. 

OSHA COVID-19 Webpage

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES
  • 04/03 – FL – Miami Dade construction moves ahead. Read here.
  • 04/03 – FL – Construction OK in Florida. Read here.
     
  • 04/03 – WA – DOT moving ahead with projects but faces worker and material shortages. [paywall] Read here.
     
  • 04/03 – WI – Gov proposal would cover overruns from site closures. Read here.
     
  • 04/03 – TX – Howard Hughes Corp puts a halt on some construction. [paywall] Read here.
     
  • 04/03 – PA – DOT unfreezes 60 critical highway projects. Read here.
     
  • 04/03 – CA – Construction chugging along in LA, but is warned. Read here
     
  • 04/02 – US – Jobsites face array of state restrictions. Read here.

  • 04/02 – TX – Builders believe new order in Austin will let some construction resume. Read here.

  • 04/02 – MA – Building trade call for shutdown. Read here.

  • 04/02 – FL – Tampa issues guidelines for construction. Read here.

  • 04/02 – FL – Gov accelerates bridge project. Read here.

  • 04/01 – CA – Most Bay Area construction banned. [paywall] Read here.
  • 04/01 – TX – Timeline of Texas high speed rail uncertain. [paywall] Read here.
  • 04/01 – TX – After backlash Austin builders can apply for exemption. [paywall] Read here.
  • 04/01 – TN – Planning commission moves to dial in plan for meetings. [paywall] Read here.
  • 04/01 – NC – Triangle construction pushes forward. [paywall] Read here.
  • 03/31 – NH – Distribution center in Kingston moves ahead despite pandemic. Read here.
  • 03/31 – NY – Pandemic won’t upend key NYC projects. Read here.
  • 03/31 – NY –  What is nonessential construction? [paywall] Read here.
  • 03/31 – NY – NYC announces fines of up to $10K for ignoring ban. [paywall] Read here.
  • 03/31 – CO – Construction industry keeps going. Read here.
  • 03/31 – TX – Construction stopping at Indeed Tower in Austin, others press on. [paywall] Read here.
  • 03/31 – TX – Dallas won’t stop construction. [paywall] Read here.
  • 03/31 – DC – Work on big projects continues. [paywall] Read here.
  • 03/31 – FL – Miami-Dade halts construction inspections. Read here.
  • 03/31 – CA – SF looks to limit construction. Read here.
  • 03/31 – CA – Work continues at Rams stadium. Read here.
  • 03/31 – WA – Construction resumes on NHL arena. [paywall] Read here.
  • 03/27 – US – States assert authority to deem workers as essential. [paywall] Read here.
  • 03/27 – US – Trump signs stimulus bill. Potentially billions for construction. Read here.
  • 03/27 – US – Construction companies lobby to keep working. [paywall] Read here.
  • 03/27 – NY – NY shuts most construction projects. Read here.
  • 03/27 – NY – More on NY ban (infrastructure, hospital and affordable housing allowed to continue). Read here.
  • 03/27 – NY – New Islanders area work stopped. Read here.
  • 03/27 – TX – Construction leaders urge end to Austin construction ban. [paywall] Read here.
  • 03/27 – TX – Some Austin construction crews say they’ll work until officials visit the site. [paywall] Read here.
  • 03/27 – TX – Construction ban being considered in Dallas County. [paywall] Read here.
  • 03/27 – CA – Major projects that could struggle during COVID-19 downturn. Read here.
  • 03/27 – MO – Kansas City large projects continue. [paywallRead here.


DOL releases additional information on small business FFCRA exemption - Updated 4/2/20
Early guidance states exemption applies to leave requirements related only to school and day care closings

Within the 
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which takes affect today, there is an exemption option for employers with fewer than 50 employees whose business viability would be impacted due to the FFCRA employer requirements.

In DOL guidance (Q58 & Q59) released this past weekend, the exemption would relieve qualified small businesses from providing emergency paid sick leave and paid expanded family and medical leave for reasons only related to school closings and child care unavailability. All employers, even those with fewer than 50 employees, are still required to provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for employees under the new Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act when an employee is unable to work or telework and meet one of the criteria listed here.

DOL releases required FFCRA model notice


As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), employers with fewer than 500 employees must post a Department of Labor (DOL) 
model notice informing employees of their rights to emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid family and medical leave for reasons linked to COVID-19. A summary of the legislation was provided in a previously issued Benefit Bulletin.


The DOL also posted frequently asked questions to help employers comply with the posting requirement. For employers who have employees working remotely, the DOL advises the notice be emailed, mailed or posted on an employee internal or external website. There is no requirement to provide the notice to recently laid-off individuals or new job applicants. Otherwise, the notice must be posted in conspicuous places in the workplace where employee notices are customarily posted.

Click here to view entire document


Department of Labor(DOL)/Health and Human Services (HHS) publication Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 is now available in English & Spanish

GovPredict built a map showing every state’s response to the coronavirus / COVID-19. It’s a free resource as a public service.


For those wanting to help, here are 6 ways you can make a difference

  • Donate PPE Supplies. SAIA is urging all our member companies who have extra PPE supplies (N95 masks, gloves, safety glasses, Tyvek suits) to please donate to local hospitals right away!! Many hospitals are days away from completely running out of PPE supplies for front-line medical personnel. We cannot let this happen, so we urge our members with a surplus of PPE to donate it to your local hospital. Your company’s donation could really make a difference!
  • Can you or someone you know sew? National retailer JOANN Fabrics and Craft Stores released a video tutorial on how to make face masks. The retailer encourages people to drop off them at store locations, where they will be donated to local hospitals. Some JOANN’S are providing free mask making kits, call your local JOANN’S near you
  • Contact Your Representatives. Click here to learn how
  • Donate Blood. Supplies are critically low, and blood products are still needed. It is safe, easy and takes relatively no time. Plus, you get free snacks!
  • Offer a helping hand. Consider delivering food or calling a neighbor isolated by COVID-19. Check sites like NextDoor to join a volunteer group in your area. 
  • Donate to the COVID-19 General Relief Fund.
  • Spread the word. Share fundraisers with your network to bring awareness to causes that matter to you. You can see hundreds of COVID-19 related fundraisers at GoFundMe centralized hub

The federal government is taking steps to stem the spread of COVID, updates to actions taken can be found below: