HUD Secretary Carson to Conduct Webinar with NAHB Members Tomorrow
Join the NAHB for an exclusive webinar featuring Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Federal Housing Commissioner Brian Montgomery.

Tuesday, April 28
10:00 am CST

The webinar will address HUD and FHA initiatives in response to the economic crisis caused by coronavirus including:
 
  • Updates on critical housing and mortgage insurance programs
  • HUD's actions and plans from the nation's top housing policy officials
  • HUD's efforts to address the needs of housing market stakeholders – builders, developers, remodelers, homeowners, renters, and home buyers
  • HUD and FHA operations and policies developed or expanded in response to the current economic environment
  • Single-family and multifamily mortgage forbearance, rental assistance, and policies designed to support the housing market
  • Initiatives at FHA and Ginnie Mae, as well as grant programs, public housing and HUD's broad range of efforts to strengthen the housing industry

This live, member-only webinar be followed by a Q&A.
U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert to Help Keep Construction Workers Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect construction workers from exposure to the coronavirus.

Measures that can help protect employees working in construction include:
  • Encouraging workers to stay home if they are sick;
  • Training workers how to properly put on, use/wear, and take off protective clothing and equipment;
  • Allowing workers to wear masks over their nose and mouth to prevent them from spreading the virus;
  • Continuing to use other normal control measures, including personal protective equipment, necessary to protect workers from other job hazards associated with construction activities;
  • Advising workers to avoid physical contact with others and directing employees/contractors/visitors to increase personal space to at least six feet, where possible. Where work trailers are used, all workers should maintain social distancing while inside the trailers; 
  • Promoting personal hygiene. If workers do not have immediate access to soap and water for handwashing, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol;
  • Using Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals from List N or that have label claims against the coronavirus; and 
  • Encouraging workers to report any safety and health concerns.
NAHB Updates Job Site Coronavirus Safety Guidance for Construction
The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) has published important updates to its  guidance  for construction employers, employees and contractors on coronavirus exposure prevention, preparedness and response. NAHB is a key member of CISC.
The  Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction  describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the job site, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be used, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if a worker becomes sick. The plan served as the basis for materials provided for the COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down held April 16.

The updates in Version 2 of the plan include some significant changes and additions as more data have become available on the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • New guidance on the use of face coverings, including masks and cloth coverings (bandanas, etc.)
  • A new section, Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Employers, based on new CDC guidance
  • Specific procedures for screening and allowing visitors onto job sites
  • An appendix on the procedures for monitoring the temperature of workers, including next steps if a high fever is found
  • Additional guidance on ride sharing, and the use of common drinking and eating sources
Your HBA Staff, Board and other volunteer Members,
continue to work diligently to advocate on behalf of all HBA Members
to keep the construction industry moving so our community has safe housing.

Please visit the HBA COVID-19 web page for updates
This information is not intended to provide legal advice, nor be the authority on COVID-19
updates, and we cannot guarantee real-time updates on every matter. We provide this
information as a courtesy for you to use in conjunction with your due diligence.