February 26, 2024 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Public Works Provides Specific Guidelines for Construction Industry

As the northern hemisphere prepares to spend another spring fighting the spread of COVID-19, public works officials in Los Angeles County are busy updating regulations and guidelines for area residents and local businesses. Among them are existing guidelines for construction sites across the region.

While the majority of the information consists of general health and safety protocols in the fight to suppress the spread of the virus, some of the advice is specific to the construction industry. That means that, in addition to general labor experience and OSHA certification, construction site workers and managers will need to be up-to-date on best practices. Failure to do so could lead to delays and cost overruns.

Here’s a breakdown of L.A. County’s guidelines for construction projects during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Designate a COVID-19 Supervisor

Public Works officials recommend having a dedicated compliance officer on-site at all times. Described as a “COVID-19 Supervisor”, he or she is tasked with enforcing health-related protocols.

Recognize high-risk areas and situations

Certain areas and situations represent elevated health risks compared to others. Site supervisors are expected to identify these hotspots and take appropriate measures to reduce the chances of viral transmission. 

Provide ample signage

Similar to signage meant to express physical safety precautions, construction sites across Los Angeles County should have signs reminding workers to wash their hands, maintain appropriate social distancing, and wear masks when working indoors in close proximity to others. These signs should be in Spanish as well as English.

Discourage shared use of tools and equipment

Since this rule is probably difficult if not impossible to practically enforce, construction site personnel are encouraged to disinfect tools and equipment prior to sharing them with others. Wear gloves at all times and avoid touching your face after handling shared resources.

Maintain a log of workers and visitors

By keeping track of who’s coming and going, construction site managers can minimize the spread of disease and prevent unnecessary delays. That’s because, in the event someone who’s been on the site tests positive, they can easily narrow down the list of potentially exposed personnel. In doing so, they prevent non-exposed workers from mingling with those who are while also acting to keep the project from completely shutting down due to one or two infections.

These protocols are meant to slow the spread of viral infection. However, there’s a practical business reason for following the county’s guidelines for construction sites: cost. Failure to adhere to health and safety protocols can lead to fines, lawsuits, revoked licenses, and possibly jail time. That amounts to money lost and money spent. Besides, refusing to take public health seriously is a rotten thing to do as a person.

Once the vaccines become readily available to the general public, construction site supervisors are encouraged to schedule employee vaccinations as soon as possible. With vaccination sites cropping up across the county and more on the way, doing so should be no problem by the time summer rolls around.

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the pandemic first struck the United States. As Southern California and the rest of the country prepares to go through another spring of social distancing, finding safe things to do, and mask-wearing, let’s hope it’s the last one!

in News
Related Posts

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Calls Special Board of Education Meeting

February 26, 2024

February 26, 2024

SMMUSD Gathers to Address Time-Sensitive Resolutions In a press release sent on Saturday, February 24, The Santa Monica-Malibu School District...

 39th Independent Spirit Awards Celebrates Independent Cinema in Santa Monica

February 25, 2024

February 25, 2024

Santa Monica Pier Hosts Annual Awards Ceremony Amid Pro-Palestinian Protest The 39th Independent Spirit Awards ceremony, another precursor to the...

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Consider Landlords’ Challenge to Rent-Control Laws

February 25, 2024

February 25, 2024

New York Landlords’ Bid to Challenge Rent-Control Laws Fails The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a significant property rights...

Ocean Park Triplex Hits Market Again After 36 Years at $1.6M

February 25, 2024

February 25, 2024

The property presents an enticing opportunity for owner-users or developers For the first time in over 36 years, this triplex,...

Cher Drops Price of Her Seven-Bedroom Malibu Mansion by $10M

February 25, 2024

February 25, 2024

The legendary singer bought the parcel for $2.95 million over 30 years ago By Zach Armstrong Music icon Cher has...

(Video) Baltaire’s DJ Brunch is Ready to Make Your Weekend Fabulous

February 23, 2024

February 23, 2024

Baltaire is America’s Favorite Neighborhood Steakhouse. A Contemporary Restaurant in Brentwood With Classic Genes, Baltaire Is Where to Enjoy Brunch...

During Lean Times for the City, Certain Staff Members Slated to Get Hefty Raises

February 23, 2024

February 23, 2024

Proposed Equity Adjustments Raise Questions Amid Budgetary Concerns The next Santa Monica City Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday,...

Blue Bus Seeks Input on How to Improve Service

February 22, 2024

February 22, 2024

Through Brighter Blue, Big Blue Bus Aims to Develop a Strategic Plan for Implementing System Enhancements Over Five Years Santa...

Amid Delays, House of Pies Sets New Opening Date for Venice Spot

February 22, 2024

February 22, 2024

For About a Year, the Development’s Construction Has Seemingly Been Inactive By Zach Armstrong House of Pies, a popular L.A....

(Video) Russian River’s Pliny the Younger 2024 at Father’s Office in Culver City

February 22, 2024

February 22, 2024

Russian River’s Pliny the Younger 2024  at Father’s Office in Culver City. The ticket got you two pours of the...

Culinary Bliss Awaits: Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival Debuts in Santa Monica

February 21, 2024

February 21, 2024

Santa Monica Pier Welcomes the Inaugural Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival Santa Monica is set to become the birthplace...

Indulge Your Cookie Cravings and Support Local Scouts: Girl Scout Cookie® Sales Now Open

February 21, 2024

February 21, 2024

Multiple Ways to Purchase Iconic Cookies and Make a Difference You can satisfy your Girl Scout Cookie® cravings this season...

Popular Coffee & Tea Franchise Opens Another Santa Monica Spot

February 21, 2024

February 21, 2024

The News Comes Four Months After the Announcement of Its Third Santa Monica Outpost By Zach Armstrong Coffee Bean &...

Bruce Lurie Gallery Unveils “Give Us Our Flowers” Exhibition

February 21, 2024

February 21, 2024

Philoche’s painting style incorporates vintage subjects to convey a tribute to the resilience of human spirit.  Bruce Lurie Gallery presents...

Portraiture Masterclass with Renowned Photographer Coming to Venice Beach

February 21, 2024

February 21, 2024

Participants will explore the boardwalk alongside Alan, honing their creativity and engaging with the local community. Renowned photographer Alan Shapiro...