Protecting your Business and Workers During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Statewide Stay-At-Home Order is In Effect March 26 – April 11. Construction, Mining, and Manufacturing Continue to be Essential Services.
On March 26, the Governor announced a statewide Stay-At-Home Order effective through April 11, 2020. Mining and construction are considered exempt and work should move forward throughout most of the state. Exceptions are in any home rule city or county that implements a more restrictive order. Thankfully most local orders have been very similar to the State and Denver order, identifying construction as an essential service. CRMCA has been advocating with all government agencies to keep mining and construction working through this crisis.
New guidance from CDPHE was issued on April 1, 2020 that directly addresses requirements for social distancing and other measures specifically regarding construction. Use this link to access the guidelines.
What should you do at your business?
- Implement site specific COVID-19 plans. These plans must include how anyone on the site must comply with CDC guidelines and the Executive Order requiring social distancing. For a best practices document that can serve as a guide for creating your specific on-site plan, click here. For a Spanish language version of the best practices guidance, click here.
- Provide all essential employees travel documents that they can show to authorities if they are questioned. For a sample travel letter, click here.
- Document steps your company is taking to comply with the State Executive Order and protecting employees by implementing CDC guidelines.
- Learn more about the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other Equal Employment Opportunity Laws as they relate to COVID-19.
All ACI certifications and trainings through May 12 are postponed and plan to be rescheduled for a later date. Go to the registration page to view upcoming certifications. At this time, we are planning to reschedule these certifications and we will communicate those dates when we have more information. If you have any questions regarding how these changes may impact you or your employees please contact JT Mesite (720-272-6592) or Emma Dolan (720-297-9902).
In confirmation with ACI, waiver of the expiration will be allowed on a temporary and individual basis as needed. ACI believes the Examiner of Record (EOR)/Specifier is the proper individual to review a technician’s credentials and determine if a waiver is warranted/appropriate on a temporary basis. This can then be documented in the project files along with an explanation referencing recertification difficulties due to COVID-19 disruptions.
This temporary form created by the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association (CRMCA) is for currently certified individuals near or at their certification expiration date in Colorado who are unable to get certified because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow the instructions on the form to submit your extension request. If approved, the form will be returned for your distribution to the appropriate project entities. This form will not provide the approval for previously uncertified personnel.
H.R. 6201: How the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Potentially Impacts Your Company
The legislation provides affected individuals with paid sick and family leave and create tax credits for affected employers, expands food and nutrition services, allows for emergency state unemployment insurance grants and increases Medicaid funding to states. The paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the FFCRA apply to certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees. Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for exemption from the requirement to provide leave due to school closings or child care unavailability if the leave requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern. For further detail, please see the links below.
How is OSHA operating?
Measures for protecting workers from exposure to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 depend on the type of work being performed and exposure risk, including potential for interaction with infectious people and contamination of the work environment. Employers should adapt infection control strategies based on a thorough hazard assessment, using appropriate combinations of engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent worker exposures. Some OSHA standards that apply to preventing occupational exposure to COVID-19 also require employers to train workers on elements of infection prevention, including PPE.
OSHA is relying heavily on guidance from the Department of Labor. View the agency’s resources for businesses.
Federal Lending and Grants
View this document for guidance on federal lending and grant opportunities. Including:
- Paycheck Protection Program
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
- SBA Express Bridge Loans
- Other important information
- View or download the presentation from the webinar “Managing Mining and Business Activities Under Shifting Agency Guidelines” presented on March 26 by Jackson Kelly’s Karl Kumli.
- Colorado 811 Locate Issues
- The Governor-appointed Colorado Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission has issued this letter to clarify both the responsibilities of facility owners to continue responding to locate requests and the options available to excavators should they encounter a facility owner who will not or cannot respond to locate requests.
- Colorado 811 has been providing updates on which facility owners have suspended or limited locating services. You may need to refresh the page to ensure you are seeing the most current information.
CRMCA staff is working remotely. If you have questions or need assistance from the association please contact us using the information below.
Todd Ohlheiser – firstname.lastname@example.org; 303-882-6879
JT Mesite – email@example.com; 720-272-6592
Annelise Shepherd – firstname.lastname@example.org; 804-241-0605
Emma Dolan – email@example.com; 720-297-9902
Opportunity to Present Remote Educational Seminars
CRMCA is offering members the opportunity to participate and present remote educational seminars. We are looking for topics in the following areas:
- Health and Safety
- Environment and Sustainability
- Concrete Innovation and Technology
- Equipment and Manufacturing
- Regulatory Updates
- Other pertinent topics
If you are interested in hosting a webinar for the CRMCA membership, please reach out to Annelise with your topic and availability.