Covid-19 Safety on Construction Sites


As NYC moved into Phase 1 of reopening on June 8th, the DOB has outlined additional guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety on construction sites. The DOB guidance reinforces the New York State Interim Guidelines on construction activities during the covid-19 public health emergency including, but not limited to, the following compliance highlights:

  • Safety plan specific to the site which must be posted on site where it can be easily seen. This plan needs to include a copy of the affirmation to the State.

  • Visible COVID-19 safety measures signage reminding personnel to adhere to proper hand hygiene, physical distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfecting protocol.

  • Onsite communication plan for employees and visitors (please check NYS INTERIM GUIDANCE for details).

  • Onsite correctly completed and updated contact tracing logs of every person who may have had close contact with others on site to ensure effective contact tracing.

  • Readily available hand hygiene stations, using either:
    • Soap, running warm water, and disposable paper towels; or
    • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer where hand washing stations are not practical

  • Onsite properly completed and updated cleaning and disinfection logs.

  • Visible signage indicating required maximum 50% capacity for tightly confined spaces (e.g., elevators, hoists).
    • 50% capacity must be posted within the cab AND at each landing

Property owners and contractors are required
  • to have a designated site safety monitor and
  • to ensure their sites are in compliance with social distancing protocols
Workers and anyone onsite must wear acceptable face coverings appropriate for their task. For further guidance on appropriate face coverings, see the State’s Department of Health guidance and OSHA guidelines for personal protective equipment.

For more information, check the DOB Construction Restart List, read Phase-1 NYC Construction Restart and check information on the Restart on the Department's website.