The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has released federal guidance that recognizes “workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood products” in its list of essential workers.
Further, the DHS list has now been updated to include supply chains of Essential Industries. Added to the section on Critical Manufacturing is: Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains, and for supply chains associated with transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base. Additionally, workers needed to maintain the continuity of these manufacturing functions and associated supply chains.
In version 3.0 of CISA’s list, residential construction and the supply chain for construction are both included in the list of essential industries.
In response to a request from the National Association of Manufacturers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided this letter and additional guidance on safe manufacturing operations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
As an extra precaution for all of our industry workplaces to consider, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released updated “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.” The guidance outlines steps workplaces can take to reduce workers’ risk of exposure, as well as how an outbreak may affect workplaces.
As in-person education events have been cancelled or postponed across the nation, AWC has been reaching out to the building code and structural engineering community to offer assistance, as we are equipped to provide remote education quite easily. In addition to AWC’s complimentary eCourses and monthly complimentary webinars, AWC is also delivering complimentary continuing education webinars that allow obtaining required continuing education credit, especially popular now that many are confined to their homes.