COVID-19 Resources For CCA Members

 

State Revises “Safer At Home” Temp Monitoring Guidelines After Industry Expresses Concerns

As the state transitioned last week from “Stay At Home” to “Safer At Home”, there were some inconsistencies between the guidance we had been using as an essential industry, and the new guidance. The most concerning was the new guidance appeared to require that all employers take the temperature of all employees at each site. CCA worked with other industry stakeholders to communicate the concerns with this guidance and was successful in getting changes made over the weekend.

Click here for the revised general guidance. Rather than requiring employer on-site screening, the new guidance will state the following: "Best practice is to implement a temperature check station at the entrance to the business. If this is not feasible, employee will check for symptoms at home and report symptoms either electronically or on paper per the system created by the business"

CDPHE is currently working on construction-specific guidance and we will share that as soon as it is available  

Please contact Tony Milo at tmilo@ccainfo.org if you have any questions of need assistance with the revised guidance.

Gov. Polis Provides Update on Transition to Safer at Home

Governor Jared Polis this week provided an update on Colorado’s transition to Safer at Home and discussed how this will impact Coloradans. The Governor also discussed the Executive Order and Public Health Order from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that outlines Safer at Home requirements. 

“The Stay-at-Home order has done just what we wanted it to - slowed the spread of the virus and bought us time to expand the capacity of our health care system. We are in this for the long haul, and Coloradans need to be prepared to follow social distancing requirements in the weeks and months ahead,” said Governor Jared Polis. “If Coloradans let up over the next few weeks, if we fail to take this new phase seriously -- we might have to face staying at home again and all of our gains will be lost. I cannot stress this enough - we must continue to stay home as much as possible, wear facial masks  when out, and be cautious and careful. We are nowhere near being back to normal, but we will get through this together.”

In March, the Governor outlined a number of goals for the Stay-at-Home order which included:

  • Slowing the spread of the virus
  • Buying time to build health care capacity
  • Buying time to acquire masks, gloves, ventilators, etc.
  • Buying time to grow testing capacity & obtain supplies.

 

The state continues working to increase testing capacity and acquiring more critical personal protective equipment and supplies, but Colorado’s Stay-at-Home order has met the short-term goals the Governor identified last month.

Safer at Home is meant to provide a more sustainable way of living for Coloradans, while managing the spread of the virus to ensure our healthcare system has the capacity to manage an influx. Goals of this period include:

  • Managing the spread of the virus (R0 between 2 and 1)
  • Accessing to world-class health care for every Coloradan that gets sick
  • Finding a more sustainable way to live 
  • Helping more Coloradans earn a living, while protecting health and safety
  • Minimizing secondary health effects (mental and behavioral health impacts)

 

The Safer at Home Executive Order is set to expire 30 days from April 27, but can be amended or extended at any time. 

Changes happening during Safer at Home will be phased in, with different changes going into effect April 27, May 1 and May 4. 

Monday, April 27
Retail businesses can open for curbside delivery. Real estate home showings can resume. Elective medical and dental procedures may resume if facilities are following required safety protocols. 

Friday, May 1
Retail businesses can phase-in a public opening if they are implementing best practices. 

Personal services can open if they are implementing best practices.

Monday, May 4
Offices can reopen at 50% reduced in-person staffing capacity, if best practices are being implemented to protect the health and safety of employees. Businesses are encouraged to allow employees to continue telecommuting at higher levels if possible. Child care facilities can also expand or reopen if they are following Safer at Home requirements.  


View the Governor’s presentation and find the Frequently Asked Questions document. View the Executive Order and view the Public Health Order. Watch the Governor’s press conference and watch ASL

Here’s what all contractors need to do now: 

  1. You should implement site specific COVID19 plans for each of your projects. 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.
  2. You should provide all essential employees travel documents that they can show to authorities if they are questioned. For a sample travel letter, click here.
  3. You should document steps your company is taking to comply with the State Executive Order and protecting employees by implementing CDC guidelines
  4. For additional resources visit AGC of America.

White House - Guidelines for Reopening

Nationwide Coronavirus Safety Stand Down on April 9, 2020

Click here to see CCA Members participating the national stand-down.

New CDPHE Guidance for Construction Sites
Important To Read and Share with Everyone Who Will Be On Site

New guidance from CDPHE has been issued that talks about the requirement for social distancing and other measures on project sites. Click here for the guidelines.

On social distancing the guideline states:

Maintain a 6-foot distance between employees wherever possible: Construction teams should make every effort to limit activities that cannot be performed within 6 feet of distance between workers. However, some core construction activities may require some proximity to complete (e.g., concrete pours, utility potholing, work in cranes, drainage pipe construction, among others). In these cases, construction crews must employ other aggressive measures to limit contact. Examples include requiring employees to face away from each other, the use of supplemental Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) like face shields or respirators, minimizing the number of people on a team, and retaining consistency within work teams to limit contact with parties external to that team.

It is imperative that all Contractors share this with their employees, subcontractors, suppliers, and anyone else authorized to be on the site.

CCA Providing Social Distancing Payroll Stuffer (in English and Spanish)
and Jobsite / Office Poster

For the payroll stuffer in English, click here.
For the payroll stuffer in Spanish, click here.

For the Job-site / Office Poster, click here.

AGC of America Provides Sample COVID-19 Safety Plan

NEW! AGC of America released a new coronavirus safety kit today. The kit includes safety tips and a host of other resources firms can use to help protect workers, and the public, from the spread of the coronavirus. You can download that kit here. It is absolutely essential that all firms that are still taking every possible precaution. And if you have any questions, please contact Kevin Cannon at kevin.cannon@agc.org or Nazia Shah at nazia.shah@agc.org.  All CCA Members are members of AGC America.  CCA is the Colorado infrastructure chapter of AGC America.

CCA Member COVID-19 Safety Plans


Hand Washing Station 

United Companies

       

Here is a simple solution for the hand washing challenge we face out in the field. Just fill out of the closest water source and have soap available.

  • 1- ½ bulk head union with buna gasket,
  • 1- ½ “ hose bib with male thread.
  • 1 - 5 gallon bucket.
Aerosol Transmissible Disease Exposure Prevention Plan



CCA Offering Weekly Updates Via All Member Webcast

Weekly CCA All Member Zoom Meeting, Fridays at 9:00 a.m.  Please copy and paste the instructions below into your calendar to have easy access to the webinar / call.

Topic: Colorado Contractors Association ALL MEMBER Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting meet each week on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. 

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Recorded Meeting

Risk Management Committee Recorded Meeting

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: https://colorado811.org/covid-19-impact/ .  You may need to refresh the page to ensure you are seeing the most current information.

AGC WebEd 

Recordings and slides in their series: Navigating the Outbreak: Factors that Construction Companies Need to Consider, as They Strive for Business Continuity.

SBA Disaster Loan Program Available to Colorado Businesses

An SBA Section 7(b) Economic Injury Disaster Loan provides up to $2 million to help business with fewer than 500 employees pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid due to the loss of revenue caused by a declared disaster. The loans cannot be used to cover lost profits. The loans are issued directly by the SBA, not your local bank.

The interest rates for the loans are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for not-for-profits. The SBA determines terms on a case-by-case basis, based on each borrower’s capacity for making monthly loan repayments. The maximum loan term is 30 years.

The loans also offer a one-year deferment on payments. This means that the first payment isn’t due until a year after the official date of the loan. However, interest starts accruing on the loan the moment the funds are disbursed.

Small businesses can apply for the loans at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. The SBA usually provides assistance in the field after natural disasters, but to comply with social distancing, all assistance is being moved online. Online webinars and training videos will provide businesses with information on how to complete the applications. Staff that usually would be on location will be working to support applicants virtually.  

Areas eligible for SBA disaster loans can be found on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page on the SBA website. As of March 20, those areas included Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and certain counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small - Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Click the links below to learn more about the following programs:

Watch On Demand Webinar: COVID-19 Legislation Explained 

RubinBrown Partner Tony Nitti explains the latest legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic during this special webinar which is now available for rebroadcast. In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the President and the U.S. Congress have passed specific emergency legislation, including Notice 2020-18, Families First Coronavirus Relief Act and The CARES Act. Tony Nitti explores the details of each bill and how they could affect you, your family, and your business. 

The webinar recording and slide presentation are available here.

Additional Resources

CCA Members Helping Out



Kraemer North America's employee David Naibauer’s wife and crew in the Littleton Adventist ICU.  In addition to the 1/2 masks Kraemer North America provided glasses, filters and tyvex suits to the crew. They also provided respiratory protection for CCA's Randy Drennen’s brother.  Kraemer also provided 2 - 1/2 mask respirators and filters to a surgeon.


Jay Kade, International Fidelity Insurance Co., has personally donated to the Food Bank of the Rockies, The Parker Task Force, and The Denver Rescue Mission.