Friends –
As we continue to work our way through these unprecedented times, our #1 goal is to continue to provide you with critical, timely information. We’re also working to make sure our information sharing is easy for you to access and navigate. We’re making two (2) significant changes:
  1. All of our recent and future webinars are now located in one section of the website. You can view them all HERE
  2. We’ve located all of our COVID-19 related Merit Messenger emails on our website and also listed what each one covers so you don’t have to click and scroll through them. You can find them HERE
We’re also thinking ahead and making sure we’re being proactive and giving you the tools and resources you need to keep moving ahead. As we inch closer to ALL construction again being deemed essential, our team is focused on helping you get ready. Over the course of the next few weeks you’ll see more information and webinars about re-opening sites and the steps needed to do so safely.   We’ll also start to give you guidance on welcoming back to your workforce COVID-19 positive people and how to help them, your company and your employees continue to work safely.  

We understand clearly that you’ll need to be focused on getting your business back on its feet. That means it's our job to take the research and information gathering off your plate. We’ve proudly already started that process.
Our first step is providing you with an overview of what needs to be done to get COVID-19 people back to work. You can find a detailed list of recommended next steps HERE . We encourage you to share this with key members of your leadership, to keep it at hand and refer back to it when needed.
We look forward to continuing to be your go to resource. Your first, and only, stop for information that’s critical to your on-going success.

Be healthy. Stay safe.

Brian Sampson
President, Associated Builders and Contractors, Empire State
In This Issue:
  • Governor Cuomo Issues New Executive Order on Face Coverings
  • New York State Department of Health Issues Interim Guidance on Face Coverings
  • CDC Guidance on Reusing Face Masks
  • ABC Action - Urge Congress to Fund Additional Small Business Relief
  • Empire Chapter Resources- Returning Employees to Work After a COVID-19 Positive Test
  • Empire Chapter Resources- COVID-19 Guidance for Employers and Employees in the workplace
  • OSHA 10 Training with Jason Ashlaw
  • Associated Builders and Contractors Announces National COVID-19 Safety Stand-down
  • Upcoming and Previously Recorded Webinars
  • COVID-19 Podcast
  • COVID-19 Web Trainings
Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Requiring All People in New York to Wear a Face Covering in Public
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo has issued an Executive Order requiring all people, over the age of 2, in New York to wear a face covering or mask to cover their nose and mouth when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. The Executive Order will go into effect on Friday, April 17th.

New York State Department of Health Issues Interim Guidance on Employers to Provide Essential Workers with Masks
Governor Cuomo has issued an Executive Order directing employers to provide essential workers with masks, free of charge, to wear when directly interacting with the public. The hope is to prevent those who have the virus, but no symptoms, from infecting others.

The New York State Department of Health has issued Interim Guidance on Executive Order 202.16 Requiring Face Coverings for Public and Private Employees Interacting with the Public During the COVID-19 Outbreak. Click here to read the document.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued the following guidance on Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs). Decontamination and subsequent reuse of FFRs should only be practiced as a crisis capacity strategy. This document summarizes research about decontamination of FFRs before reuse.

CDC recommends  wearing cloth face coverings in public settings. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  For guidance on cloth face coverings, click here.
Urge Congress to Fund Additional Small Business Relief
With nearly $350 billion in small business aid estimated to run out, elected officials in Washington need to increase funding for the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program – right away. On April 7, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought requested $251 billion in additional funding for PPP loans . However, Democratic leadership in Congress has blocked efforts to pass a clean bill to simply increase funds for the PPP and is pushing to include requests unrelated to small businesses.

ABC encourages its members to reach out to their representatives urging them to pass this critical aid and to ensure the PPP has enough funds to provide small businesses with the relief needed during this pandemic.
ABC Helps to Author Strategy for Safe, Strong Recovery as Part of Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups
Associated Builders and Contractors President and Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Bellaman today issued the following statement regarding the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups:

“ABC is honored to be collaborating with the White House and other industry leaders as a member of the construction industry group for the Great American Economic Revival in order to continue to safely deliver and re-open construction projects that have been temporarily shut down due to COVID-19.

“Ensuring the safety and health of our nation’s workforce is vital to a strong recovery, which was echoed by industry leaders on Wednesday's White House call. ABC members are committed to the health and safety of the workforce and continue to leverage existing and establish new industry best practices that allow us to implement enhanced measures recommended by local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, we are encouraged by the commitment to the ongoing development and deployment of effective and efficient testing, which can further augment world-class safety practices. 

“To ensure our economy recovers and remains strong, we must also maintain employment levels through the extension of the Paycheck Protection Program. This vital lifeline has preserved millions of jobs and will ensure the stability of the workforce as we move through the crisis, as well as maintain the vitality of our supply chain, which is largely comprised of small businesses. Another strategy discussed was the enactment of a substantial infrastructure package to address the much-needed repair and modernization of our nation’s transportation infrastructure. ABC is committed to working with the administration and lawmakers to create the conditions for infrastructure projects that would provide the most value for the country—funded appropriately and designed and built efficiently and effectively.

“On behalf of our 21,000-plus members, we thank the administration and congressional leadership for their continued efforts to address this health crisis.”
Guidance for Returning an Employee to Work After Recovery from COVID-19
The Empire Chapter has put together guidance from both the Centers for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health on the best practices for bringing an employee back to work, following their recovery from a positive case of COVID-19.

Guidelines for Employers and Employees Returning to Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As New York State prepares to reopen businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Empire Chapter is pleased to offer our members COVID-19 practices at the office and on the jobsite for both employers and employees.

This 10-hour Video training course is a convenient way for workers to learn about workplace safety, hazard avoidance, workers' rights, filing an OSHA complaint and more.

This training is interactive with class and instructor, Jason Ashlaw. You will need to have access to any web-enabled device (like a smartphone or a laptop).

Dates: April 21 & 22, 2020
Time: 8:00am -1:30pm
Must attend both days!

$100 per person training fee

Keep Your Workers Trained and on the Payroll

The Empire Chapter hopes our members are staying healthy and safe during the COVID-19 crisis. We understand that many members may be looking for ways to keep their workforce productive during these ever evolving times.

As always, we can assist with online training and web based learning on a number of different safety topics, including:

OSHA 10 / OSHA 30 / Construction Industry
Asbestos/ Lead & Mold awareness
Electrical Safety
Fall Protection
Lockout / Tagout
Hazardous Communication
Ladder safety
Electrical Safety
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Silica Awareness
Work Zone Safety
Work Place Safety

If you are interested in discussing or setting up training for your employees, please contact Amy Platenik:  or call 585-363-1657
Associated Builders and Contractors Announces N ational COVID-19
Safety Stand-down on Thursday, April 23rd
Associated Builders and Contractors is asking members to participate in COVID-19 Safety Stand-downs next Thursday, April 23.
We believe having a stand-down is a vital opportunity to persuade employers and workers in construction to ensure their behavior keeps them safe and slows the spread of the virus.
Click here for Tool Box Talks and suggestions for hosting and promoting a COVID-19 Safety Stand-down or you can use other resources that your company may have developed. The stand-down can be held digitally, simply by distributing the materials via text or email message. If they are held in person, please be mindful of social distancing guidance during the event.

Finally, we encourage everyone to use the hashtag, #COVID19SafetyStandDown for sharing stories and photos on social media to spread awareness of the merit shop construction industry's stand-down efforts on social media.  
Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT
 Speakers: Matt Abeles, ABC National; Jeff Sample, eSUB; Karl Sorensen, Blue Collar Labs

Which technologies can help your business succeed during the coronavirus pandemic—and immediately improve your bottom line when you are back up and running at full capacity? Hear about collaborative technologies that will improve productivity and learn which solutions could work best for different contractors. Plus, discover simple tech solutions you can implement to jumpstart and help scale your business your business after we overcome the COVID-19 challenge.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Panelists:  Philip Oakes, Narva Associates; Peter Ostroskey, National Association of State Fire Marshals; Joel Pickering, LendLease

Moderator:   Greg Sizemore, ABC National


A panel of fire safety and construction experts will discuss the necessary actions needed to prepare and secure your project from fires and other hazards during a shutdown, as well as the subsequent remobilization when work begins. The discussion will include the roles and responsibilities of owners, site safety managers and fire service personnel.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:  Gary Clevenger MS, CSP, RRE, CNA; Paul Gouge, CNA; Terry Smith CNA

Moderator:   Mike Bellaman, ABC National


Cyber criminals often take advantage of significant current events to increase activity. The global pandemic and sudden increase in teleworking has opened the door for bad guys to strike. CNA’s risk control experts will offer simple and effective guidance to equip workers with the ability to recognize and defeat an attack.

Direct Advisors has spoken with thousands of participants regarding retirement planning, and while most of that time is spent planning how to get dollars into their retirement plan (e.g., how much to save, how to invest), it is equally important that participants understand how that money will come back out. We’re all saving for a reason, and that is to eventually use this money. This podcast will explore what options you can offer your employees and if your retirement plan is designed efficiently and correctly.

The Empire Chapter is offering a library of recorded webinars from both ABC National and our Empire Chapter Professional Services Committee. To view previous recordings, click here. Previous topics, include:

*To access ABC National’s recorded webinars you must apply for a login
Cornerstone Training Institute
Offers Three Web Based
COVID-19 Training Courses
2 Hour COVID-19 Awareness
This brief awareness level training is geared for employees that will be returning to the workplace and will be responsible for light cleaning and disinfection in their work space. The objective of this course is to raise the awareness of COVID-19 with factual information and simple steps that employees can take to avoid spreading the disease within the workplace and spreading it home
$65/pp (group discounts always apply)

April 16 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
April 17 8:00 am - 10:00 am

4 Hour COVID-19 Disinfection Worker Certification
This half day session is geared toward janitorial, custodial, cleaning and remediation contractors and employees that are working diligently with the main focus of deep-cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and entire facilities. This training touches on Hazard Communications and Personal Protective Equipment, however, it is highly recommended that individuals that attend the class have some additional experience and training in a remediation field. This course isn't intended to meet and OSHA requirements.
$105/pp (group discounts always apply)

April 22 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
April 22 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

8 Hour COVID-19 Disinfection Supervisor Certification
This in depth, full day interactive seminar is the perfect event for building & grounds managers, property managers, construction project managers, custodial managers, remediation managers, and many more. We will cover in depth, the importance for creating and implementing an effective cleaning and disinfection regimen. We will discuss the various classifications of exposure (per OSHA) and how to manage this within your facility. The program will discuss what situations you might consider bringing in a professional decontamination/disinfection contractor, such as if there is a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace. The multitude of disinfection methods will be discussed in depth. We will also discuss a way to effectively communicate to all building occupants about the serious measure that the facility is taking.
$175 (group discounts always apply)
April 20 8:00 am - 3:30pm
April 21 8:00 am - 3:30pm

To register, call: 585-319-3625 email: