In order to serve our members during this moment of uncertainty The South Florida AGC has aggregated information regarding COVID-19 from Federal and State agencies, local municipalities, public health professionals and industry experts. We will be updating this page as information becomes available.
Internally all events in March and April have been suspended. We are doing this to conform with recent guidance from the CDC regarding events of 50 people or more and to ensure the health and well being of event attendees. This includes our Board of Directors Induction Gala hosted by Nielson Hoover Group, 2nd Wednesday Safety Session, First Friday Luncheon, Contractors Only Dinner, and Contractors & Clays hosted by Nielson Hoover Group.
The AGC was formed in 1918 to serve as a conduit between the Federal Government and the Commercial Construction Industry. Your membership and support of our association is why we continue to fulfill that role over 100 years later. This crisis is going to impact us in unexpected ways over the next several months. This association’s job is to help you deal with the uncertainty we are all facing.
The construction industry is the 5th largest employer in the state of Florida. We have an opportunity to impact how badly this disease affects our community and by extension our businesses. Let’s get through this together.
Carlos A. Carrillo, Executive Director
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The Latest South Florida AGC Novel Coronavirus Industry Updates
- Inspections: Amendment No. 1 to Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 14-20 (pdf)
- This order amends order 14-20 which can be found here on our resource page: https://sfagc.org/corona
- County Employees will begin providing inspections again
- Procedures for virtual and on-site inspections are laid out
- Architects & Engineers will no longer be able to provide limited inspection services
- Face Coverings: Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 20-20
- People working on construction sites are to wear a mask
- The order clearly states that N95 respirators should be reserved health care workers, police, fire, and emergency personnel
- Attached please find a guide submitted by members of our safety community discussing the difference between masks and respirators and the additional OSHA requirements that come into play when using respirators. I sent it yesterday but I am attaching it again because it is important.
- WE EXPECT BROWARD COUNTY TO ISSUE A SIMILAR ORDER LATER TODAY
CDC Issues Guidance on Essential Workers Exposed to COVID-19
- CDC's guidance on this issue pales in comparison to what many industry members have been doing upon hearing a worker has tested positive
- Find the guidance and links to worksite posters here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-workers/implementing-safety-practices.html
- This order will surely add to the confusion of what "Mask" means. Thanks to an anonymous members of our safety community we have a document which will outline the differences between a mask and a respirator which you should know.
- Expect to see increased scrutiny on your jobsites in City of Miami
Find the order here. Nuisance/Dust Mask vs. N95 Mask/Respirator
Bal Harbour Village:
Yesterday at 5 pm Bal Harbour Village issued an Emergency Order impacting the construction industry. PLEASE READ THE ORDER IN ITS ENTIRETY if you are working in city limits as it is detailed.
- All interior and exterior work in occupied building is suspended for the duration of the emergency order
- certain projects meeting this criteria will be allowed to continue with approval of the Village Building Official
- Construction activity at unoccupied structures is allowed to continue so long as they comply with a list of best practices listed in the order
Nicklaus Children's Hospital/N95 Masks:
Nicklaus Children's Hospital needs N95 Masks, especially small and medium sizes. If you have N95 Respirator Masks that you would want to donate to help children with pre-existing conditions. Please contact me immediately: Carlos@sfagc.org
AGC of America COVID-19 Safety Materials available in English and Spanish:
- Many of you have read the Miami Herald article referencing a potential shut down in City of Miami. We have spoken with the City and can assure you that there are currently no plans for a city wide shut down of commercial construction. What you can plan to see is increased enforcement by City of Miami Personnel.
- We know that our member firms have done an incredible job of adapting to the challenges created by the Novel Coronavirus. Keep enforcing social distancing on your jobsites and pay special attention to lunch and break time.
- Read the pledge and send me your logo if you want to sign on to it: Joint Construction Industry Pledge (pdf).
- Use AGC of America’s safety resources. See below
City of Ft. Lauderdale:
- Though City of Ft. Lauderdale’s City Attorney represented a potential stoppage of certain construction projects in the South Florida Business Journal nothing official has been issued by the City.
- We expect to see an official statement later in the week which will allow permitted projects without a C.O. to continue. It is expected that projects going on in inhabited buildings will be stopped.
- Once an official statement is issued we will share it with you all
AGC of America COIVID-19 Stand Down:
- AGC of America is asking construction firms to take part in a National Safety Stand-Down tomorrow, April 9th
- Use this link to access information for use during the Stand Down: AGC of America COVID-19 National Safety Stand-Down
- IMPORTANT: Follow the current recommendations for social distancing by separating your workforce into groups of ten (10) or less people and maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between persons.
- PLEASE! Do not be the jobsite that winds up on Facebook because there were workers huddled up together while conducting a safety event promoting social distancing!
Nicklaus Children's Hospital/N95 Masks:
- Nicklaus Children's Hospital needs N95 Masks, especially small and medium sizes. If you have N95 Respirator Masks that you would want to donate to help children with pre-existing conditions. Please contact me immediately.
The City Attorney is interpreting the term "Open Jobsites" found in the Governor's Executive Order to mean Open Air Jobsites instead of jobs with Open Permits. This means any commercial construction occurring in an enclosed structure is to shut down. Work in a building that has been topped off but is not completely enclosed is ok.
Town of Surfside:
Town of Surfside had been essentially shut down for a couple of weeks but they just now issued an update to their Emergency Notice specific to construction
- Review Town of Surfside Emergency Measure No. 5
- They make the following argument which I expect to become a trend: WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County Order 7-20, and Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-91 do not prohibit a local municipality from prohibiting or restricting construction as a non- essential service or business and adopting more stringent regulations than Miami-Dade County, and this Order is issued consistent with the directives in Miami-Dade County Order 7-20.
Village of Key Biscayne:
Same as Surfside, Key Biscayne made it official
Miami-Dade County Service & Procedure Update
Find an update to Miami-Dade County's permitting and inspection services by clicking link below:
Governor DeSantis also announced that he ordered the Florida Secretary of Transportation to expedite $2.1 Billion in transportation projects throughout the state specifically mentioning the I-395/I-95 Design Build Project which will be accelerated by four weeks.
The Latest AGC of America Coronavirus Industry Updates
Construction Firms Are Protecting Their Workers and the Public
AGC of America and construction contractors understand that the only way to work amid the current pandemic is to work safely. Few industries are as well suited to protecting workers as the construction industry. Contractors are used to following complex and ever-changing safety rules and finding ways to make inherently dangerous work safe. The coronavirus has forced firms to change the way they operate to maintain that commitment to safety. This explains why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Administration has identified construction as one of the sectors is encourages state and local officials to allow to continue operating.
To Continue to Operate, You Must Continue to Operate Safely
A Note from AGC of America CEO Stephen E. Sandherr
I have always been extremely proud that one of the defining characteristics of the commercial construction industry is your unwavering commitment to the safety and health of every construction worker. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, your workers and the American public are relying on you to continue that commitment to safety.
AGC COVID-19 Updates
AGC of America has assembled general guidance and links to information from federal agency partners and health organizations.
The Associated General Contractors of America will continue to monitor the situation and update the information on this page accordingly.
US DOL PUBLISHES NEW FEDERAL PAID LEAVE GUIDANCE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT
Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance.
This information to provide information to employers about meeting their requirements to offer emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.
PANDEMIC HAS HALTED OR DELAYED PROJECTS FOR 28 PERCENT OF CONTRACTORS, SURVEY FINDS; NEW SENATE RELIEF BILL WILL PROVIDE SOME HELP FOR INDUSTRY
Coronavirus-caused Slowdown Contrasts with January Figures Showing a Majority of Metro Areas Added Construction Jobs; Officials Note New Infrastructure Funding and Paid Family Leave Fixes are Needed
The coronavirus pandemic has caused more than one out of four contractors to halt or delay work on current projects, according to a survey released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AGC RELEASE (.PDF)
SHUTTING DOWN CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IS AN UNNECESSARY STEP, WILL HARM ECONOMY & UNDERMINE RECOVERY EFFORTS, CONSTRUCTION OFFICIALS SAY
Construction Firms Are Already Taking Steps to Protect Employees, Most of Whom Already Wear Protective Equipment, While Halting Work Will Undermine Efforts to Add Hospital Capacity
The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to steps being taken to put in place arbitrary halts to construction activity in certain parts of the country: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AGC RELEASE (.PDF)
This COVID-19/Corona Virus Resource Page is intended to give members of the construction industry a place for information and expert analysis that is timely and pertinent. Here you will find notices from the CDC, OSHA, State of Florida, and local Municipalities along with articles from industry experts.
CDC Corona Virus Resource Page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
CDC’s Florida Guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/FL_Community_Mitigation.pdf
OSHA’s Coronavirus Resource Page: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
- Enforcement Directives: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/standards.html#directives
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Resource Page: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/
Broward County Coronavirus: https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/default.aspx
Miami-Dade County Coronavirus: https://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/home.page
City of Miami Coronavirus: https://www.miamigov.com/Notices/News-Media/COVID-19-Updates
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DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in linked articles are not those of The Associated General Contractors of America South Florida Chapter nor of its members. They are being shared for informational purposes only. If you have an article which you feel merits inclusion on this list please email Carlos Carrillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.