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COVID-19 Resources

The National Demolition Association remains open for business. Over the next few weeks our office will maintain normal office hours while our employees work remote. Additionally, I want to assure you that we will be monitoring legislation, industry resources and news and deliver you the most up-to-date information available on COVID-19.

We encourage you to bookmark this page and reference the material contained as you navigate COVID-19.

For the latest in legislative and regulatory COVID analysis visit Advocacy News. For the latest on NDA advocacy to the Adminstration, Congress and Federal Agencies visit Press Releases & Comments.

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NDA Events and COVID-19 – The National Demolition Association is paying close attention to the rapidly changing situation related to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We understand that concerns for health, safety and the impact on meeting attendance, among other issues, are affecting our members.

Below is information for NDA members regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak with links to guidance and resources from the federal government and insdutry to best prepare your company and employees to handle the novel coronavirus. NDA will continue to update this page as more information is available.


 

Business Continuity

Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructire Workers During COVID-19 Response - DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Guidance released Version 2.0 of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response (Guidance). The Guidance makes it clear that construction activities are included in its list of essential critical infrastructure workers. While not a federal directive, this recognition is critical to encouraging and supporting state and local jurisdictional determinations to maintain construction and remediation operations, including supply chains, as essential critical infrastructure.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Flow Chart - The CARES Act tasks the Small Business Administration with overseeing the distribution of millions of dollars in loans and grants to help small businesses survive the pandemic. It also provides additional funding for SBA’s Resource Partners to provide advice and training to help small businesses respond to the unprecedented challenges in communities throughout the country. The CARES act has assistance in the form of loans, grants, and credits.  Your best resource is your bank or lending institution.

Construction Project Impact (COVID-19) - From Lockton Companies, construction industry specific items to consider in the event of a shutdown as well as links to resources.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Coronavirus 101 – Information from the on coronavirus transmission, symptoms, prevention, testing and treatment.
  • Coronavirus FAQ – The CDC answers frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus.
  • Coronavirus Situation Summary – Daily updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the United States and across the world.
  • Travel Guidance – Information from the CDC regarding travel guidance and advisories.

COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan for Construction - This plan from the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) outlines steps every construction employer and employee can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.  The plan describes how to prevent worker exposure, protective measures on the jobsite, personal protective equipment and work practice controls, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if a worker becomes sick. 

Included in the plan two letters: Essential Industry Employees who are traveling to construction jobsites and Employee Notification if a confirmed case of COVID-19 occurs at work, as well as a COVID-19 Checklist for Employers and Employees and a COVID-19 toolbox training talk.  This resource if fully customizable. (Spanish version can be found here). 

National Governoors Association - For the latest updates on national guard activations, restricted travel and other state-specific resources and actions, see the National Governors Association webpage. For information on state emergency/public health emergency declarations (All States/Territories) visit the State Action Tracking Chart (update daily).

Small Business Administration Loan Program - Companies that are interested in assistance pleasr visit the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program website. The program provides targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Click here for an overview of the SBA. SBA has developed Lender Match, a free online referral tool that connects small businesses with participating SBA-approved lenders within 48 hours.

  • 7(a) program offers loan amounts up to $5,000,000 and is an all-inclusive loan program deployed by lending partners for eligible small businesses within the U.S. States and its territories. The uses of proceeds include: working capital; expansion/renovation; new construction; purchase of land or buildings; purchase of equipment, fixtures; lease-hold improvements; refinancing debt for compelling reasons; seasonal line of credit; inventory; or starting a business.
  • Express loan program provides loans up to $350,000 for no more than 7 years with an option to revolve. There is a turnaround time of 36 hours for approval or denial of a completed application. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.
  • Community Advantage loan pilot program allows mission-based lenders to assist small businesses in underserved markets with a maximum loan size of $250,000. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.
  • 504 loan program is designed to foster economic development and job creation and/or retention. The eligible use of proceeds is limited to the acquisition or eligible refinance of fixed assets.
  • Microloan program involves making loans through nonprofit lending organizations to underserved markets. Authorized use of loan proceeds includes working capital, supplies, machinery & equipment, and fixtures (does not include real estate). The maximum loan amount is $50,000 with the average loan size of $14,000.

U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Loan Guide to Help Small Businesses - The U.S. Chamber has created a guide to help small businesses, independent contractors, gig economy workers and other qualifying individuals prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  • Interactive map to show the aid available on a state-by-state basis. To view the interactive map, please click here.

Employee

Coronavirus Toolbox Talk - Sample toolbox talk for companies to use in daily safety talks.

COVID-19 Check List - Actions to take and check list for josite control to prevent infection.

COVID-19 Guidance: NDA Demolition Safety Talks - NDA sample toolbox talk for companies to use in daily safety talks. The toolbox talk is availble in our safety app.

Resource Guide (COVID-19) - Compiled by our human resource partner, Affinity HR.  - The resource guide, meant to help preparedness, policies, and procedures, offers practical advice such as:

  • How to handle paid time off policies for your salaried and hourly workforces
  • Creative ideas for paid time off sharing
  • Salary allowances and practical work from home ideas
  • Legal considerations for individual illness or work stoppage
  • A variety of sample policies for you to copy and paste

OSHA/Department of Labor

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released guidance to provide information to employers about requirements for emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave established by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). As a reminder, the FFCRA requires all employers with fewer than 500 employees to offer up to 12 weeks of paid leave for absences related to COVID-19.

The law goes into effect on April 1, 2020. Requirements are subject to 30-day non-enforcement period for good faith compliance efforts.

FFCRA Poster - US DOL released a downloadable poster that outlines details of the new, temporary, paid sick and family medical leave programs established as part of the federal response to the coronavirus.  Beginning March 25, employers should print and post this poster at each office and jobsite.

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Recommendations from OSHA on workplace safety as well as mandatory safety and health standards.

OSHA Standards – OSHA standards and directives (instructions for compliance officers), including recording workplace exposures to COVID-19, and other related information that may apply to worker exposure to novel coronavirus.

Legal Considerations

Force Majeure - From Apollo General Insurance Agency, this document briefly reviews the rights and obligations to contracts and the requirements that must be met for the Force Majeure clause to take effect.

Force Majeure Clauses - This article explains ways contractors can seek to protect themselves is by including a “force majeure” clause in their contracts.

Legal Guidance Document (COVID-19) - The COVID-19 outbreak risks disrupting demolition projects in many different ways.

  • Now is the time to prepare your company for addressing delay and disruption impacts to your active jobs from a legal standpoint. 
  • This guide from McAlpine PC lays out basic principles to bear in mind for giving your owners/GCs notice of impacts, and outlines legal options you may have if your jobs are seriously impacted or even shut down.
  • Always consult with your lawyer for legal advice relevant to your company’s actual situation, but this guide may help you flag key issues to be aware of and discuss with your attorneys.

Temporary Construction Site Shutdown - From Lockton Companies, builders risk and general liability loss control measures for a temporary jobsite shutdown.

Executive Leadership

Employer Information – Interim guidance for businesses and employers from the CDC to plan and respond to novel coronavirus.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (COVID-19) - Prerecorded Webinar – In this prerecorded session NDA partner, Affinity HR Group discussed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The Act established two new federal laws: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family & Medical Expansion Act. The webinar reviewed the provisions of the new laws, what they cover, what they don't, and what employers need to know.

Topics include:

  • How to comply with the new Families First Act
  • Issues relating to telecommuting
  • Impacts of "Remain in Place" requirements, definitions of "essential businesses" and more

How to Plan (COVID-19) - Prerecorded Webinar - NDA partner, Affinity HR Group has compiled some important information for you to consider in the prerecorded webinar. Issues discussed in this webinar:

  • Advise on how to manage sick, vulnerable and at-risk employees
  • Offer suggestions on establishing various PTO & sick leave scenarios
  • Cover work-from-home, leave-of-absence and other temporary workplace policies
  • Review federal and state laws that may impact your preparations

Donate

Donate PPE – Urgent request from the University of Washington (UW) Medicine health system in Seattle, WA. Seattle is at the forefront of the COVID 19 pandemic and is seeing a growing shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE is the limiting factor to being able to deliver life-saving treatment. University of Washington (UW) Medicine health system is in desperate need of;

  • N95 respirators (all sizes);
  • Tyvek suits (all sizes);
  • Nitrile gloves (all sizes);
  • Clear plastic face shields to cover N95;
  • Half face respirators and N100 /or P100 cartridges (all sizes).

If you are able to donate or sell these supplies, click here.

FEMA: How to Help - Information and links regarding FEMA's charitable efforts and how your company can assist in the effort.

GetUsPPE.org - Empowering communities to get PPE to the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mask Match - Mask Match matches people who have face-mask supplies with hospitals in dire need of them. Send your N95 masks to healthcare workers who need them now.

Additional Resources

Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources – From construction trade association Associated Builders and Contractors coronavirus resources and Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources.

COVID-19 Guidance for Construction Employers - From labor union LIUNA safety resource, Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund. The Fund has developed recommended actions and guidance that construction employers and workers can follow to limit the spread of the virus and reduce risk on construction sites.

NDA Business Partners

Affinity HR Group

McAlpine PC

Please note these resources do not constitute legal advice. Many of these resources may be subject to interpretation and companies should consult with their own counsel.

We appreciate and thank you for your patience as we navigate this evolving situation. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions on upcoming events or resources, info@demolitionassociation.com, 202.367.1152.


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