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Returning to Work: Construction Environment

“According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), much of the construction industry has been identified as critical infrastructure and essential business. According to CISA, these are sectors “whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof”.

The construction industry serves as the backbone for many supply chains, construction, and specialty contracting organizations and have adapted rapidly to the changing health and safety challenges that SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 have introduced.

Construction firms have taken risk management frameworks used to control high risk work activities and shifted that same mindset and framework to the health-related risks of COVID-19. Even though construction markets remained somewhat open under critical infrastructure, construction projects have implemented unique solutions in order to adapt and manage worker health for return to work as well as managing schedules with an impacted workforce.

With stay at home and shelter in place restrictions beginning to lift, construction companies are faced with difficult questions that must be addressed as they transition back to normal operations.”