The entire team at AGC wishes to commend you for your monumental efforts during this pandemic. We are so proud to represent the best and brightest in this industry, and so proud of the commitment you all make to safety every single day. This has been a long battle, and the fight against COVID-19 isn’t over yet, so we are here to help you navigate the changing landscape of COVID-19 mandates and orders.
As this is a nuanced and dynamic situation between federal mandates, state mandates, local mandates as well as Labor and Industries (L&I) guidance.
Worker protections guidance from L&I on employer expectations (all industries) can be found here.
For how this works in the employment setting, here is what is still required per the Labor and Industries document referenced above:
Ensure that unvaccinated workers wear a mask while working indoors in non-public settings. *
Verify vaccination status before lifting mask requirements and be able to show the process used for verification.
Keep employees with possible or confirmed cases of COVID-19 from working around others.
Provide handwashing facilities and supplies.
Train employees on workplace hazards including COVID-19.
Assess workplace for hazards, including COVID-19 and, where appropriate, take additional steps to protect unvaccinated workers.
Notify workers in writing of close contact with COVID-19 positive individuals.
Report COVID-19 outbreaks of ten or more employees (on worksites exceeding 50 workers) to Labor and Industries.
* Workers indoors do not have to mask when no hazard exists, such as in a private office, in their own workspace without exposure to others, or behind barriers. However, if an unvaccinated worker needs to go into a common area, pass others in hallways, etc, they will need to mask. But Labor and Industries and Governor Inslee have been clear that workers outdoors do not have to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status.
We have worked diligently to update resource documents that will assist your company with compliance efforts on these revised requirements.
As always, as your AGC Director of Safety, I stand ready to assist you with specific questions, so please don’t hesitate to contact me or executive vice president David D’Hondt if we can be of assistance!