In order to protect the construction sector and its workers from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the CNESST committee for COVID-19 construction sites was created. The committee was created with the help and involvement of the public health department as well as union and employer organizations in the construction sector.
This committee was set up for the following reasons:
The creation of this committee is linked to the resumption of activities in the construction sector. The CNESST will follow the evolution of COVID-19 in Quebec and publish regular updates to keep companies in the sector informed about best practices and solutions.
If you are a construction worker or if you have a construction company, you can consult the daily checklist that the commission has developed in order to ensure the application of appropriate measures on site.
Employers in the construction industry are responsible for taking the necessary preventive measures to protect workers and ensure their safety and health. As for workers, they must also take good measures to protect their health and safety and that of those around them.
If a company does not comply with government standards and advice regarding the COVID-19 context, a CNESST inspector could order the temporary closure of the workplace until the necessary modifications are made.
Hygiene measures to be implemented on construction sites >>
Every day, the employer must make sure to check the health of all his workers. To do this, he must ask each employee a few questions when he arrives at the workplace:
If the worker answers yes to any of these three questions or if he experiences symptoms, he should return home. The answers to these questions are confidential and must be protected by the employer.
The public health department authorizes return to work if the following 3 conditions are met:
Employers are responsible for implementing the necessary measures to maintain a social distance of 2 meters between each worker at all times. To do this, it is important to control the presence of workers in the workplace to ensure that there aren’t too many workers at the same time in the same place.
During a short period of time, it is possible that the minimum social distance can’t be respected. If this is the case, the worker must make sure to cough in his elbow and refrain from touching his face. As for transportation to work, the vehicle occupancy rate should be reduced to 50%. The CNESST also recommends avoiding face-to-face meetings and encouraging virtual meetings.
If emergency work (electricity, plumbing, etc.) must be carried out, you must respect the minimum social distance of 2 meters. Also, make sure to wash your hands frequently and clean your tools when you leave the premises.
No, PPE (mask, gloves, etc.) is not necessary, except in the case of a specific situation. However, workers should wash their hands frequently and refrain from touching their faces.
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