Framers Council

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to skyrocket, healthcare researchers around the world are working tirelessly to discover new life-saving medical innovations.

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, it is anticipated that a large portion of the workforce will be asked to work from home for their own protection and for the protection of others.

According to a recent press release, OSHA has postponed the 7th annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, originally scheduled for May 4-8, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be rescheduled this summer.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provides small and midsize (under 500) employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related to COVID-19.

While OSHA, the CDC, and other organizations are providing clear guidance on how to handle the COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace in general ways (see Resources page on NFC’s website), it’s ideas from NFC members and other readers that are often the best at addressing specific needs on the jobsite.

Virginia’s Arlington County Permit Office (building department) recently announced virtual inspections as a safe and efficient alternative to in-person inspections that enable prompt service, productive follow-ups, and more specific scheduling. 

The NFC Steering Committee has communicated on a regular basis to discuss the challenges we face related to Coronavirus. The challenges vary from state to state, but all present issues that could significantly impact your business and the framing industry.

In heavily populated areas we have already seen job closures and demobilizations. As local and state governments react to the spread of the virus it will inevitably impact businesses around the country, so now is the time to prepare.

Michael Levitt, a Nobel laureate and Stanford biophysicist, began analyzing the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide in January and correctly calculated that China would get through the worst of its coronavirus outbreak long before many health experts had predicted.

The following video provides a very concise explanation as to why it is so important to “flatten the curve” when it comes to the COVID-19 Coronavirus contraction rate.

As businesses in every industry navigate these unprecedented times, the National Framers Council (NFC) is committed to providing framers with updates and industry specific information.