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COVID-19: General Safety Guidelines

Industry partners have taken steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by implementing guidelines and policies laid out in the Texas Joint Workforce Safety Plan. Below are the general guidelines agreed to by TxDOT, the AGC of Texas, TXAPA, the FHWA, and other industry partners. These guidelines will be used on TxDOT projects in a reasonable and practical manner:
  • Practice “social distancing” as much as possible.
    • All personnel have the responsibility to remind each other to stay at least 6 feet apart.
  • Communicate the COVID-19 precautions/guidelines in both English and Spanish (a bilingual communications link is included in the resource list of this document).
  • Increase proactive communication measures between all parties regarding schedule, daily activities, etc. to reduce/minimize worker exposure.
  • Minimize on-site personnel such as subcontractors, work crews, QC personnel, and inspection staff to those required for that day's activities.
    • If work is postponed or cancelled, immediately notify appropriate parties.
  • Do not congregate during lunch or breaks. Practice social distancing and staggered lunch breaks to eliminate group gatherings.
  • The first line of communication should be phone, rather than in-person.
  • Use of video conferencing/conference calls is the preferable method for conducting discussion-based meetings.
    • If an in-person meeting is absolutely required and cannot be rescheduled or attended remotely, the meeting is limited to a maximum of 10 people while maintaining social distancing of 6 feet or more between all individuals and meeting outside whenever possible.
    • No handshakes.
  • Do not share iPads, tablets, pens, or clipboards for signing or any other purpose.
  • Take pictures as proof of attendance at status meetings, tailgate meetings, etc.
  • Sharing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is strictly prohibited.
  • For Vehicles, Equipment, and Tools:
    • Limit the number of people riding in a vehicle together.
    • Wipe down and disinfect shared vehicles after each shift.
    • As much as possible, do not share tools or equipment.
      • If a tool or piece of equipment must be shared, the parts of it that are touched should be sanitized between uses.
The Texas Joint Workforce Safety Plan in its entirety, including detailed guidelines for employee health and safety, personal hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting, and returning to work, can be found at texasasphalt.org/texas-joint-workforce-safety-plan-covid-19.

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