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COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the United States and Canada. Federal, state and local governments are taking steps to slow the spread of the disease by limiting crowds in public settings, such as schools, churches, office buildings, public transportation, and sporting events.
 
However, many Operating Engineers have been deemed “essential” workers and continue to report to their respective job sites.  The health and safety of our members is always a top priority, but it is more important than ever that we provide members with the most current resources available.  Below are some helpful tools and guidance for IUOE Local leaders that put health and safety measures front and center.
 
Click HERE to view IUOE General President James T. Callahan's message on Covid-19 Response.
 

COVID-19 Response Training

The IUOE National Training Fund is a long time participant in the National Institute of Environmental Health Science Worker Training Program (NIEHS WTP). The NIEHS has a Workplace Training Tool for delivery to frontline workers.
 
The Essential Worker Training Tool is a PowerPoint presentation that can be used to provide workplace training on COVID-19. It is designed to increase health and safety awareness for essential workers to prevent potential exposure. Click HERE to download.
 
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences web site also has a multitude of resources that may be helpful: https://tools.niehs.nih.gov/wetp/covid19worker/
 

Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

On March 16th, President Trump issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states in part that:
 
"If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule."
 
In a subsequent memo issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), many jobs performed by Operating Engineers in both the public and private sector have been classified as “essential critical infrastructure workers.”
 
 

Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has provided updated information to workers and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.
 
Employer Paid Leave Requirements
 

LINK:  https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

This link includes workplace posters detailing workers’ rights: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20200326
 

Additional Covid-19 Resources

The AFL-CIO web site has a great deal of information for workers dealing with COVID 19:  https://aflcio.org/covid-19
 
The Center for Construction Research & Training (CPWR) has also published resources on their website:  https://cpwr.com/covid-19
 
           

COVID-19 Response Webinars

Click HERE to view the April 13, 2020 Covic-19 Response Webinar
 
Click HERE to view the April 27, 2020 Covid-19 Response Webinar
 
Click HERE to view the May 11, 2020 Covid-19 Response Webinar