Letter from NCHBA: Jobsite Safety Tips

March 19, 2020

NCHBA Builders Members,  

We must do our part to keep our projects safe for anyone we need on our jobs. Our livelihoods,but more importantly our lives, and the lives of our clients and their families depend on these safety measures.  

For our employees, tradespeople, and vendors we need to take extra precaution on our jobsites to ensure that we are not spreading the virus. Scale back the number of workers that are on the job at one time, especially if they are confined to the interior of the house. Make sure everyone is washing up as often as possible. Clean surfaces after each trade has worked in a room.  

For our building officials and inspectors, please keep in mind that they are willing to continue performing inspections as long as they feel safe doing so. Several jurisdictions are willing to perform some inspections where possible via Facetime, Skype, or through pictures to minimize contact with the public. By now you all know how this virus spreads and what we need to do to keep that from happening. Think about what measures you can take to ensure their safety while they are on your jobsite. Do not visit their offices without an appointment. Call ahead.

Here are some tips to keep your job-site safe for building officials, tradespeople, employees and vendors.  
1.     Clean door handles and surfaces often.
2.     Prop doors open when possible to keep people from touching them. Clean door handles regularly.
3.     Provide wipes, soap and water for cleaning.
4.     During some inspections you may need to clear the jobsite of workers for a short period of time while an inspector and the superintendent are performing the inspection.
5.     Use personal protective gear if people are working in close proximity to one another. Stay 6 feet apart.
6.     In cases where an inspector typically tests outlets, lights, valves, gauges, etc. You do it for them while they watch. Minimize their contact with the components in your home.
7.     In cases where you do have a deficiency that needs corrected, the inspector may allow you to take the corrective measures and send them a picture of the corrected item. This will limit their exposure to the jobsite.
8.     Take care of the little things, they are usually the most important.

Mark Martin, NCHBA President