We urge you to read these guidelines and share with your crews. Failure to comply will result in the project being shut down until compliance can be attested. Some key highlights from the guidelines include:
We strongly encourage all contractors review their contracts' Force Majeure clauses for both current and future projects. Consult your attorney and your bond underwriter. Regardless of what happens with the current pandemic, construction disputes are expensive and time consuming, and could lead to a claim against your performance bond. A little bit of work upfront will keep both your employees and your balance sheet healthy.
Generally, we have seen some confusion between something that is recordable versus reportable for OSHA purposes. Review this article for questions and answers that hopefully address employer concerns about recordkeeping and reporting to OSHA COVID-19 employee illnesses. Additionally, NUCA is putting together a webinar to shed more light on this topic in the coming days.
NUCA has released a ToolBox Talk on keeping the workplace safe during this crisis, available here.
Additionally, the NUCA pandemic flu page contains a wealth of information to use and consider, such as a sample pandemic flu plan for their company, official USDOL and OSHA links to workplace safety and regulatory information, COVID-19 informational resources from national business organizations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, legal discussions from the National Law Review on regulations affecting business operations, and select articles discussing construction business operations during this emergency.
Business owners can apply to the SBA for low-interest emergency loans of up to $2 million to provide working capital. Additional information and the application can be found here. Should legislative updates affect these loans, we will update the membership regularly.
Microsoft announced that it will offer businesses Office 365 licenses free for six months. Microsoft is making this offer to Rhode Island businesses without restriction, a unique benefit for our state. The Office 365 E1 program includes web-based Microsoft Office applications, resources to support telecommuting such as meetings and instant messaging, as well as remote file sharing. Microsoft is also willing to assist with the set up of these technologies. You can leverage these benefits for your business here.
If there are additional ways that NUCARI can serve you as a member, we welcome your ideas and the opportunity to support you. Please contact us.
Please take note that amendments have been made to the RI Procurement Regulations requiring that all vendors who wish to bid on non-Department of Transportation (DOT) public works projects with an estimated value of $1,000,000 or higher must be prequalified by the Division of Purchases prior to bid. The prequalification packet is included below.
The documented amendments, a guide to completing the new packet, and FAQ are also available for review here.