NLBMDA recently announced its support for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) effort for companies to halt work for at least 10 minutes on Thursday, April 16, 2020 for a COVID-19 job site safety stand down to educate workers on what they should do to keep themselves safe from COVID-19.

NAHB cites the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent designated of construction of single-family and multifamily housing as an “Essential Infrastructure Business,” allowing construction to continue in places under stay-at-home orders. While this guidance isn’t binding, it is possible that more workers will return to jobsites in the coming week as states follow the guidance.

As part of the safety stand down, both NLBMDA and NAHB are asking its members to pause all work for at least 10 minutes to relay COVID-19 safety precautions, such as maintaining a distance of no less than six feet with others at all times, cleaning and sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis and ensuring the proper sanitation of common surfaces and equipment.

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