Framers Share Ideas for Keeping Essential Workers Safe

Originally published by the following source: SBC MagazineApril 1, 2020
by NFC Staff


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.

For example, Nomad Framing recently posted to their LinkedIn page regarding new handwashing stations their workers were enjoying on a Katerra jobsite as well as the steps they are taking to sanitize tools and equipment.

Instead of banning the food truck that usually visits their jobsite, leadership at Ace Carpentry took the time to address ways to increase overall hygiene in the process. Now, instead of one person showing up to ladle soup and take money, the truck is arriving with prepacked meals and an additional worker to focus on handling the money. In addition, they requested that utensils be provided in individually wrapped plastic packages. While it might have been easier to cancel the truck, this member felt it was more important to keep his workers on the jobsite where there is more control over the situation.

Another suggestion from more than one NFC member is to create a weekly company newsletter to provide employees with regular reminders about the recommended safety measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 – hand-washing, coughing/sneezing etiquette, procedures for cleaning tools, what to do if you are sick, etc. – as well as provide an opportunity to remind them to reach out if they are in need of anything. In addition, one member suggested checking with your health insurance provider to see how they may be modifying their services to assist with COVID-19 related care (waiving co-pays, providing telecare, etc.).

Do you have a suggestion or idea to share with other framers as you navigate the COVID-19 outbreak while functioning as an essential business in your area? Please take a moment to share it here and we’ll continue to pass along ideas to our readers.


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