Newsletter 0053


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Members, Colleagues and Friends,
First and foremost we hope everyone is healthy and well. We've heard some construction work sites are still up and running and we expect everyone is working extra safe these days. Many of us are isolated and participating in 'social distancing' for the moment.
We'd like you to take a moment to read the messages on how to prepare for the Coronavirus era in construction from the National Hispanic Construction Association and our friends and partners at Gilbane Construction. This information is lifesaving so we hope it is of value to you.
We're also sending a message from DC government sent us by DMPED Chief & Mayor Bowser's Chief of Staff, John Falchichio, regarding assistance being made available to small businesses in this time of crisis. Many of our members might want to look into this and take advantage of the offer.
Finally, with a heavy heart, we must inform everyone that our GALA fundraiser this year at the unique and intriguing DC Heliport has been postponed indefinitely. We hope to plan for a new date once the worst of this health emergency has passed.
Again, everyone stay safe and God Bless you all!!
Jose Sueiro
Managing Director - Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Assoc.
NHCA Special Announcement

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published 
"Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace.   The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).   
The document provides practical guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, and contains information on safe work practices and appropriate personal protective equipment based on the risk level of exposure.   In addition to the guidance, OSHA recently launched a COVID-19 webpage.
For further information about Coronavirus, please visit the HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage on 
Gilbane Shares Best Practices In This Unprecedented Coronavirus Crisis

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting everyone around the globe. As one of America’s leading builders and developers, safety is always our priority and that is especially true as we all confront this pandemic together. Like others, we have been working hard to ensure our people are informed and prepared to take care of themselves and their families through this time of need.

We are continuously monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the COVID-19 virus and are following guidance from local authorities. While every individual should assess their own risks and plan accordingly, we want to share what we have been doing as a company to protect the health and well-being of our people.

Here are the major actions that Gilbane has taken and will continue to take to actively address the outbreak of COVID-19 across our global family business.

  • Communicate and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of illness
  • Utilize a consistent protocol for assessing workers' health and refer to the CDC risk assessment chart as a precautionary guide
  • Create a dedicated, 24/7 COVID-19 Crisis Hotline and email for all employees to use as needed
  • Educate employees on Telemedicine screening options
  • Keep employees continuously informed through a Frequently Asked Questions forum
    Here are some items we included:
    • Definition of the Coronavirus and Prevention Guidelines – per CDC
    • A guide for personal wellness with health benefit summaries and contacts
    • Workplace scenario planning in the event an employee is exposed to or diagnosed with the virus
    • Telecommuting options for those affected by school closings, family illness, community quarantine impacts, and more
    • Current travel policies, personal travel recommendations, and a link to the CDC Traveler site
    • Resources from the CDC including this What to do if you are sick with COVID-19 guide
    • A link to the company’s short-term disability application
  • Communicate with clients and inform them of the actions being taken to maintain safe operations on their behalf
  • Communicate detailed guidelines to subcontractors/suppliers to reinforce the importance of housekeeping and other wellness procedures
  • Monitor and understand the impacts of supply chain challenges to business continuity plans
  • Convene leaders continually throughout the day to share information and update resources for employees to help them stay informed, remain calm, and focused on their well-being

Our caring philosophy is guiding our actions during this pandemic and helping us stay focused on the health and safety of everyone. We hope this information is helpful as you take similar steps across your organizations and within your communities.


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By Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Association 2019