Updated April 6, 2020 - This page will be continuously updated as more information becomes available.
MBA has formed a task force comprised of various industry partners to continually monitor and share industry recommendations and best practices. The group is comprised of MBA staff, contractors, building owners, labor leaders, health officials, and others. The task force is addressing issues facing our industry as they continually develop and will report to our membership regularly.
MBA also continues to collaborate with our members, labor partners, and other associations across Pennsylvania, including CAWP, GBCA, KCA, and GCAP, to share best practices and develop solutions to help our industry operate safely in this COVID-19 environment.
COVID-19 Contractor Resources
AGC Nationwide Coronavirus Safety Stand Down - Thursday, April 9, 2020
Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Plan for Construction - March 29, 2020
Recommended Safety & Health Response Plan for COVID-19 Exposure Mitigation
Published by the General Contractors Association of Pennsylvania, with a lead role by the Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania, the following is designed to assist construction projects with implementing an effective COVID-19 response plan for their jobsites. This information is based on current understanding as of the effective date of this plan and may need to be updated as our knowledge and understanding evolves.
Governor Wolf put the shutdown into effect on March 19, 2020, at 8 p.m. Enforcement began at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020.
- UPDATED Industry Operation Guidance (PDF) - March 24, 2020 - Construction is not permitted to take place with the exception of “emergency repairs and construction of healthcare facilities.”
Despite new and likely continuing clarification and increased exemptions, it still falls to the facility/owners if they chose to continue projects in light of their exemption. For example, a healthcare project which is multiple years from completion and adding capacity to the healthcare system will likely not resume work immediately, so please check with your construction manager and/or owner to determine if your project is to proceed.
- Life-Sustaining Business Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Waiver Process Form - Deadline: April 3, 2020, at 5 p.m.
- UPMC Construction Projects Governor’s Order Memo (PDF) - 3/20/2020
- MBA's Project Shutdown Guide (PDF) - This guide will assist you in closing your projects due to the State ordered shutdown. While it is not an all-inclusive, one size fits all guide, we hope it will help in this unprecedented time.
- Preparing for a Slowdown/Shutdown (PDF) - Contractual, Legal, and Insurance Considerations - Provided by AGC Oregon Columbia Chapter Legal Operating Committee
- Procor Solutions + Consulting Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers
CDC recently updated the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to provide updated information on cleaning and disinfection, best practices for conducting social distancing, and strategies and recommendations that can be implemented now to respond to COVID-19. Additional resources include:
- Recommended COVID-19 Response Plan for Construction Employers (PDF) - Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America
- Pennsylvania Department of Health
- City of Pittsburgh Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections (PLI) Guidelines for Construction Activity During Governor’s COVID Emergency Order (PDF) - Revised April 3, 2020
- Allegheny County asks companies what personal protective equipment they could donate for first responders
“The county has set up an email address — firstname.lastname@example.org — to alert them to the potential personal protective equipment that they might have among construction companies and the building trades or other uses that may be able to be used in the COVID-19 emergency ahead.”
- Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) COVID-19 Temporary Procedures and Policies for Construction Projects - March 27, 2020
- Governor Wolf Announces Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses
The program will assist small businesses with loans of up to $100,000 for working capital. Small businesses are those with 100 or fewer employees. The loans are contemplated to be 3-year interest-free loans (with the exception of agricultural producers, which is 2%) with no principal payments due in year one. The funding is available to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA) Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA).
- U.S. Small Business Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources - Including the “Economic Injury Disaster Loan”
- National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) Considerations for Union Contractors in the Coronavirus Era by AGC of America
U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division
- COVID-19 and the American Workplace
- Required Poster - Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (PDF)
- Updated Q&A
- Questions 4, 38, 39, 58, and 59 are in reference to small business (fewer than 50 employees) obligations/actions.
- Questions 23 and 27 address worksites closed before, on, and after the April 1, 2020 effective date of the FFCRA.
- Fact Sheet for Employers
- Fact Sheet for Employees
It is perfectly normal to have feelings of anxiety. There is an unusual amount of pressure on all of us. But remember, you are certainly not alone. Talk to a family member, a friend, or a co-worker about what you are feeling and what they are feeling. Be sure to get the phone number of your employee or member assistance program. They have trained professionals that will help you through these difficult times.
- Tips for Coping with the Coronavirus
- Toolbox Talk on Mental Health Concerns Related to COVID-19
- If you need help coping, you can also text PA to 741-741
AGC of America has updated their Coronavirus (COVID-19) website with valuable resources and updates. The new topic-specific navigation allows you to quickly find the news and information that you are looking for, including Safety, Health & Environmental Resources; Advocacy Efforts; Economic Impacts; Contractual Impacts; Infrastructure Impacts; Labor, HR & Paid Leave Impacts; Risk Management Information; Tax Impacts; Technology Guidance; and Workforce Development Impacts.
- Proactive Measures for Addressing COVID-19 - Includes a pre-screening questionnaire for job sites, as well as information on preventing and responding to a suspected or confirmed positive case of COVID-19.
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: An Analysis for the Construction Industry - Revised March 30, 2020
- AGC has been urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to declare construction an essential industry. DHS has released new guidance that does just that: DHS Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response Version 2.0 - March 28, 2020
Labor and Employment
- Employee Exposure Considerations and Response Plan - White Paper from Henderson Brothers, Inc.
- MBA Headquarters is closed under Governor Wolf's “non-life-sustaining business” shutdown order.
- MBA Staff are working remotely and are available to seamlessly serve the needs of our members. We can be reached by calling 412.922.3912 or you can email MBA Staff.
- Upcoming Events - We have postponed our events until further notice. We will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local health departments, to determine when we can begin to lift these measures and return to regularly scheduled networking and education.
- Committee Meetings / In-Person Meetings - All in-person meetings have been suspended. MBA committee meetings will be held via conference calls. Committee members will be contacted with call-in information.
Our priority is the health and safety of our industry, co-workers, communities, family, and friends. We believe that it is our duty to actively participate in the effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus, as we continue to lead the industry and build the region.