What Happens When Your Contracting Business Needs to Work on Projects But Can’t Stay Socially Distant?

States are gradually coming back to life, after weeks or months of putting most processes on hold. This means getting back to the jobsite, in some form. The trick is that you’ll need to follow the rules, and what they are may change over time. At this point, you can expect to see the same social distancing guidelines continue, with periodic increases in restrictions as needed. But what if your job requires you to work with others in ways that don’t meet the requirements? Here are a few things to consider.

Identify Trouble Spots
Most construction sites tend to be fairly large spaces. This means that in a lot of cases, you’ll have one person who is working dozens of yards away from the nearest worker. This is good because you’re much less likely to risk spreading disease this way. However, this also means that there will be a couple of spots on site where a lot of people move through. This includes:

When your area is under strict orders for social distancing, you will need to minimize the number of people who can be in these spaces at any given time. Having a plan that is clearly visible helps everyone to understand the requirements and follow them.

Practice Offsite Safety
The way that a virus spreads is that someone who has contracted it or is a carrier comes in contact with others and spreads the virus to them. This means that the way workers get to the jobsite can increase everyone’s risk. As a way of minimizing the likelihood that anyone coming to the site will spread the virus, encourage workers to avoid carpooling taking public transit. They should also practice proper sanitation once they arrive, by washing their hands and putting on the appropriate PPE.

Increase Sanitation
There are several industries in which people are required to come in close contact with each other. You can use their practices as a guide to help formulate your own. For example, the way that healthcare workers minimize the spread of viruses and bacteria is by practicing high levels of sanitation and wearing as much protective gear as they need for the task at hand. Of course, you’re not likely to be seeing a lot of sick people every day on the jobsite. But you can still take care to ensure the cleanest site possible. Make it easy for people to wash their hands between tasks and wear masks or gloves as appropriate.

Look for Alternatives to Certain Tasks
Before COVID-19, there were probably a lot of practices or habits that you had each day that seem unnecessary or even reckless now. For example, businesses in most industries would encourage all members of the team to gather together for a standup meeting to briefly discuss the plan for the day. While it is important for you to check in with employees, subcontractors and your clients, there are many alternatives that can work almost as well and dramatically minimize your risk. You might consider:

A little extra investment may also make your workflow more efficient.

Raise Safety Standards in Close Quarters
There are going to be some instances in which you simply cannot do a job if the two people working on it must be six feet apart. For example, glass is difficult to transport by equipment and it can be very heavy for one person to install. In instances like this, you should consult OSHA standards to help you figure out what is required to promote safety at a specific time. You should also plan to use strict guidelines on sanitation and PPE use. For example, if you wouldn’t ordinarily wear a mask because you’re located far from other workers and the state rules allow it, you may want to wear masks to do this particular task.

Minimizing trouble on the jobsite is part of making your contracting business a success. The right preparation for the licensing exam is another. To discover the benefits of guided preparation, contact CSLS today!