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NYCA Updates COVID-19 Resources Webpage to Reflect HERO Act Protocols

Published on: September 23, 2021

New York City, NY – Governor Kathy Hochul announced the designation of COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease under the HERO Act on September 6th, prompting new protections and standards for New York businesses. To help construction companies navigate these HERO Act protocols, New York Construction Alliance, the only open-shop construction association dedicated exclusively to New York City and its metropolitan area, has updated their website to provide important information for employers in the industry.

Under this updated guidance, the New York State Department of Labor, in consultation with the NYS Department of Health, has developed a new Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Standard, a Model Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan, and more industry-specific model plans for the prevention of airborne infectious disease.

Businesses and other entities can either adopt the applicable policy template provided by the NYS DOL or establish an alternative plan that meets or exceeds the standard’s requirements. The NYS DOL-provided plan for the construction industry can be accessed at New York Construction Alliance’s website under COVID-19 Resources. An Exposure Prevention Plan must be disseminated to all team members, and a hard copy must be posted in a prominently visible worksite or office location, accessible during all work shifts.

Further, open-shop construction firms will be required to designate a supervisory employee responsible for monitoring updates to federal, state, and local guidance around preventing the spread of COVID-19. All workers must be verbally told of updates to the plan and where the plan can be found. New York Construction Alliance will continue to provide updates of policy changes and other important safety updates as they are released.

About New York Construction Alliance

New York Construction Alliance is the region’s premier association of construction managers and general contractors. Members of the association construct high-rise and interior projects, renovations, conversions, and various types of work on many of the region’s best-known developments. Membership in the organization is comprised of open shop contractors who adhere to strict standards of ethics and jobsite safety and are committed to ensuring a strong construction industry in the New York region. To learn more about the association and benefits to its members, visit www.nyconstructionalliance.org.