from Milene C. Apanian, Esq., Abdulaziz, Grossbart and Rudman
Two major events have happened impacting construction activities in Northern and Southern California.
City of Los Angeles has issued a Safety Announcement on March 31, 2020.
The order requires construction industry employers to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure
control plan, and states that failure to comply with the guidance shall be deemed as creating an unsafe
condition and may result in withheld inspections or shutting down the jobsite until conditions are corrected.
The announcement states in part:
1. Practice social distancing by maintaining a minimum 6-foot distance from others.
2. Preclude gatherings of any size, and anytime two or more people must meet, ensure minimum 6-foot
3. Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks as
appropriate for the activity being performed.
4. The owner/contractor shall designate a site specific COVID-19 Supervisor to enforce this guidance. A
designated COVID-19 Supervisor shall be present on the construction site at all times during construction
activities. The COVID19 Supervisor can be an on-site worker who is designated to carry this role.
5. Identify “choke points” and “high-risk areas” where workers are forced to stand together, such as
hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, and buses, and control them so social distancing is maintained.
6. Minimize interaction when picking up or delivering equipment or materials, ensure minimum 6-foot
7. Stagger the trades as necessary to reduce density and maintain minimum 6-foot separation social
8. Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, work tools, and equipment. If
necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use.
9. Post, in areas visible to all worker, required hygienic practices including not touching face with unwashed hands or with gloves; washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, cleaning, and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, machines, shared tools, elevator control buttons, and doorknobs; covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; as well as other hygienic recommendations by the CDC.
10. Place wash stations or hand sanitizers in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.
11. Require anyone on the project to stay home if they are sick, except to get medical care.
12. Have employees inform their supervisor if they have a sick family member at home with COVID-19.
13. Maintain a daily attendance log of all workers and visitors.
For more information about LA Department of Building & Safety’s order visit https://ladbs.org/docs/defaultsource/publications/misc-publications/construction-site-guidance.pdf
City of San Francisco restricts Construction activities on March 31, 2020
San Francisco now allows only the following construction activities:
1. Projects immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of Essential Infrastructure;
2. Projects associated with Healthcare Operations, including creating or expanding Healthcare Operations, provided that such construction is directly related to the COVID-19 response;
3. Affordable housing that is or will be income-restricted, including multi-unit or mixed-use developments containing at least 10% income-restricted units;
4. Public works projects if specifically designated as an Essential Governmental Function by the lead
5. Shelters and temporary housing, but not including hotels or motels;
6. Projects immediately necessary to provide critical non-commercial services to individuals experiencing homelessness, elderly persons, persons who are economically disadvantaged, and persons with special needs;
7. Construction necessary to ensure that existing construction sites that must be shut down under this Order are left in a safe and secure manner, but only to the extent necessary to do so; and
8. Construction or repair necessary to ensure that residences and buildings containing Essential Businesses are safe, sanitary, or habitable to the extent such construction or repair cannot reasonably be delayed;
For more information about San Francisco’s order, visit: