GOHBA statement on residential construction sites and COVID-19

During this critical time individual companies are making the decision that’s best for their home buyers, employees and contractors. Members are doing their upmost to protect the health and safety of those working onsite while at the same time providing the homes that families across the city are counting on to live in – some of whom don’t have alternative accommodations if that home is not ready for them in time.

Health authorities have determined that construction sites can remain open with the proper protocols in place, and firms are distancing trades, changing their work schedules and minimizing the number of people on site at any given time. At the same time, members are dedicated to the safety of municipal staff and inspectors, and will follow all city-directed protocols during site visits. In order to assist members with protecting everyone on site, GOHBA encourages the use of best practices laid out in the following resources:

Ottawa Public Health

Ontario Ministry of Health

Health Canada

Every firm should be communicating with their employees and trades a minimum of once per day to ensure they are well informed on COVID-19 and the measures that are in place on-site to prevent transmission and protect workers.

To assist in these communications members are encouraged to use IHSA’s COVID-19 Links & Resources as well as the Ottawa Public Health information page for Employers, which includes:

  1. SIGNAGE to alert workers of any signs & symptoms of acute respiratory illness
  2. POSTERS promoting hand-washing and respiratory hygiene.

Jobsite Measures

RESCON has developed a list of best management practices for construction health and safety on site during the #COVID19ON pandemic. Please see attached.

The Ottawa Construction Association has created a proposed protocol for firms/contractors to adopt with respect to site access (screening, data collection) and on-site protection measures (individual hygiene, job site cleaning, social distancing). Please see attached.