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SIX BAY AREA COUNTIES RE-OPEN FOR CONSTRUCTION CREWS AFTER FOUR-WEEK SHUT-DOWN
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May 1, 2020              INDEPENDENT ROOFING CONTRACTORS OF CALIFORNIA, INC.                 WWW.IRCC.ORG
PLEASE NOTE:  We take our contractor's concerns regarding this nationwide 'health control' crisis seriously.   For any concerns regarding current requirements,  please contact John Upshaw at 209-232-7633. 
The office continues to be open as defined in 'essential' services list , data management related to 'certifications' connected to 'construction' services;  however,  Julie (Temp work Phone Direct:: 209-319-6006) and TJ (Temp work Phone Direct:: 209-552-1296) have chosen the option of working at home during the current 'shelter in place' protocols.  We will be forwarding calls to them.  And, we will follow-up on emails and other requests per usual.   Phone availability:  8:30 a.m to 3:00 p.m..   (JU and Lorelei: between 8:00 and 5:00 pm). 

But Stringent New Compliance Rules for "Large" Projects 

NEW! Bay Area County COVID 19 Restrictions on Construction Work: Opens Six Key Counties After Tough Five-Week Shut Down 5/1/2020

The San Francisco Bay Area stay-at-home order has been modified,  and includes an opening up of construction work in the six counties that have been shut down for all crafts (includes roofing) for the last 5 weeks.  These are:  Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, as well as the City of Berkeley.   (Link to new rule)
 
The rule now allows for all construction to proceed, but with a new mandatory safety protocol for both “Large Construction Projects” and “Small Construction Projects”.
 

“Large Construction Projects” will require the following:
 
Assign a COVID-19 Safety Compliance Officer (SCO) to the jobsite and ensure the SCO’s name is posted on the Site-Specific Health and Safety Plan. The SCO must:
 
  1. Ensure implementation of all recommended safety and sanitation requirements regarding the COVID-19 virus at the jobsite.
 
  1. Compile daily written verification that each jobsite is compliant with the components of this LCP Protocol. Each written verification form must be copied, stored, and made immediately available upon request by any County official.
 
  1. Establish a daily screening protocol for arriving staff, to ensure that potentially infected staff do not enter the construction site. If workers leave the jobsite and return the same day, establish a cleaning and decontamination protocol prior to entry and exit of the jobsite. Post the daily screening protocol at all entrances and exit to the jobsite. More information on screening can be found online at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html.
 
  1. Conduct daily briefings in person or by teleconference that must cover the following topics:
    1. New jobsite rules and pre-job site travel restrictions for the prevention of COVID-19 community spread.
    2. Review of sanitation and hygiene procedures.
    3. Solicitation of worker feedback on improving safety and sanitation.
    4. Coordination of construction site daily cleaning/sanitation requirements.
    5. Conveying updated information regarding COVID-19.6. Emergency protocols in the event of an exposure or suspected exposure to COVID-19.
 
  1. Develop and ensure implementation of a remediation plan to address any non-compliance with this LCP Protocol and post remediation plan at entrance and exit of jobsite during remediation period. The remediation plan must be translated as necessary to ensure that all non-English speaking workers are able to understand the document.
 
  1. The SCO must not permit any construction activity to continue without bringing such activity into compliance with these requirements.
 
  1. Report repeated non-compliance with this LCP Protocol to the appropriate jobsite supervisors and a designated County official.
 
The project must also have a COVID-19 Third-Party Jobsite Safety Accountability Supervisor (JSAS) for the jobsite, who at a minimum holds an OSHA-30 certificate and first-aid training within the past two years, who must be trained in the protocols herein and verify compliance, including by visual inspection and random interviews with workers, with this LCP Protocol.
 
  1. Within seven calendar days of each jobsite visit, the JSAS must complete a written assessment identifying any failure to comply with this LCP Protocol. The written assessment must be copied, stored, and, upon request by the County, sent to a designated County official.
 
  1. If the JSAS discovers that a jobsite is not in compliance with this LCP Protocol, the JSAS must work with the SCO to develop and implement a remediation plan.
 
 
  1. The JSAS must coordinate with the SCO to prohibit continuation of any work activity not in compliance with rules stated herein until addressed and the continuing work is compliant.
 
  1. The remediation plan must be sent to a designated County official within five calendar days of the JSAS’s discovery of the failure to comply.
 
Here is Alameda County’s Order for reference. The six bay-area counties are basically the same.
 
 
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