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.
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
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
Additional Covid-19 Resources
The Center for Construction Research & Training (CPWR) has also published resources on their website: https://cpwr.com/covid-19
COVID-19 Response Webinars
to view the April 13, 2020 Covic-19 Response Webinar
to view the April 27, 2020 Covid-19 Response Webinar
to view the May 11, 2020 Covid-19 Response Webinar