Construction Considered Essential Workers During the Coronavirus

The federal government recently released a list of critical infrastructure industries whose workers are “essential” and should continue normal work schedules during the coronavirus. The list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continue critical infrastructure viability. Illinois considers construction essential, too. According to Executive Order No. 12, Essential Infrastructure includes, but is not limited to…Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen, and other trades including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations. Construction is essential for a community’s success.…
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Getting your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

With all the talk about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we put together a list of strategies to help keep your office and employees safe.   Recommended COVID-19 strategies for employers: Keep workplaces clean and hygienic: • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label. • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use. Promote regular and thorough handwashing: • Place posters that encourage hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, and staying home when sick, at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to…
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