Keeping workers and businesses safe!
There is a lot of good information being shared throughout the roofing industry on how employers can make adjustments to their businesses for the COVID-19 pandemic and measures that you can implement to promote and protect the health and safety of your employees.
You can continue to work. Residential and Commercial Roofing fall under the construction classification and are considered an essential service, with a few exceptions like Pitkin, Routt and San Miguel Counties. Please email Debbie if you know of others.
Working on your behalf:
CRA, NRCA and several National and State Associations like ourselves have drafted and delivered letters at the Federal and State level to legislators, making the case that "roofing" be included in any definition of "essential services" at the federal and state level so that our members may continue to operate their businesses. The letter asks the administration to provide clear guidance regarding what an essential industry and essential worker is and makes it clear the roofing industry should specifically be cited in any guidance as essential. Click to view a copy of the letter CRA sent to Governor Polis.
In April, CRA drafted and sent a letter to the Governor requesting that "all mechanic’s lien rights and statutes be tolled from March 15 through July 15, 2020."
In April, CRA signed on to a joint letter with several other Colorado trade associations where we highlighted an opportunity to both the Governor and Mayor Hancock asking "local and state governments to support Colorado businesses and their employees by releasing retained construction payments due to construction contractors for work properly performed, particularly for projects that have been substantially completed and where the buildings have been occupied." We further ask that "public officials prioritize progress payments to contractors for satisfactorily completed work".
NRCA has produced a video highlighting the values and importance of our industry—especially given these uncertain times. This message is coming from the national level, but still very relevant for Colorado's roofing industry. Please feel free to share with your customers, family and friends …. because the public needs to know the heart and character of our industry.
CRA has served the roofing industry as a trusted partner to our members for over 40 years. Rest assured we continue to work for your best interest and will have your back through this. Work smart, be careful and we will all get through this together.
Be sure to review our Covid-19 information and resources below and to check back often for updates.
CRA Board of Directors
IMPORTANT REMINDER... We as an industry are fortunate to be able to continue operating our businesses here in Colorado when so many other businesses have been forced to close. To protect your employees, your customers and the general public, it is imperative that you require your employees to work safely and within the guidelines set up by the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Colorado. We in the roofing industry must follow these guidelines to ensure that we are doing our part to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19!
Essential Work Hall Pass - Compliments of HENDRICK PHILLIPS SALZMAN & SIEGEL, P.C., here is a draft letter for companies to give to employees who are performing construction services.
In addition to the resources below, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) also has an excellent resource page you should check it out too.
NRCA has been surveying contractors to help gauge the ongoing implications of the COVID-19 crisis on the roofing industry; here are the results: April 9, 2020 | March 24, 2020 | Take the Current Survey
Masks Required! - 04/17/2020 - Workers in Critical Businesses must wear face masks -- no longer a suggested, but is now mandated. Gov. Jared Polis signed executive order on Apr 17. See order here. Expires May 17 unless extended.
STAY-at-Home Orders - Extended
Adams & Arapahoe Stay-at-Home - Part of Tri-County Health Agency extended until May 8; does include commercial and residential construction as an essential service. Douglas County, which is also under the agency’s jurisdiction, will not be extended (see below).
Boulder County Stay at Home Order extended until May 8; does include commercial and residential construction as an essential service.
Broomfield City and County extended until May 8; does include commercial and residential construction as an essential service.
Denver's Stay at Home order extended until May 8; does include commercial and residential construction as an essential service.
Jefferson County Stay at Home Order extended until May 8; does include commercial and residential construction as an essential service.
SAFER-at-Home Orders (Statewide)
Douglas County Safer-at-Home - will move to Safer at Home consistent with state orders – beginning April 27th.
Eagle County - Construction businesses must
Pitkin County (Aspen area) Contractors are welcome to submit a COVID-19 Site Safety Plan for their permitted construction site beginning on Thursday, April 23rd, allowing for construction to restart no sooner than Monday, April 27th.
Routt County (Steamboat) - Essential construction services policy is more stringent than the State of Colorado and is effective 03/29/2020, please check out the Covid-19 Construction Site Management Plan Requirements to see if your project still qualifies as essential. There is no end date for Routt's new construction policy.
San Miguel County - Roofers need to provide San Miguel County Public Health and Building Department staff with information needed to make a determination if you qualify to commence or resume activities that are allowed under the current Public Health Orders. Please read the County Guidelines and Requirements document, complete the request form, and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Arvada - all Arvada facilities will continue to remain closed to the public through Sunday, April 26, 2020 including in-person building permitting and contractor licensing services. Online permitting through arvadapermits.org will be available during this time and they will process permit applications as quickly as possible however, due to reduced staffing, delays should be expected. During this time inspections will be limited to inspections needed to restore electrical and gas utilities and inspections related to new construction. Arvada will not be performing inspections to existing homes during this time.
Boulder County - New Social Distancing Requirements for all Boulder County Building Permits. Click here view March 25, 2020 notice.
City of Boulder - On April 23, the City of Boulder announced it would extend its closure of all city buildings and facilities through June 1 in an effort to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Denver - Social distancing and hygiene requirements for construction sites. To protect the health and safety of Denver inspectors and the community, inspections will only be performed at sites that have proper protocols in place. Click here view document.
Summit County - New Social Distancing requirements and protocols. Click here view Covid-19 notice.
Shop Towel Safety Mask
With shortage of N95 masks, using blue shop towels in homemade face masks can filter particles 2x to 3x better than cotton. Click here below to see how it's done.
CRA Safety Webinar Handout | April 21
Please see a copy of our Webinar Presentation Handout on Covid-19 Response for Colorado roofing industry.
OSHA offers guidance for preparing workplaces for coronavirus. Resources are available for employers and workers.
Guidance for Construction Workforce for COVID-19 (Eng) (updated 4/22/2020)
Guidance for Construction Workforce for COVID-19 (Spa) (updated 4/22/2020)
COVID 19 EXPOSURE PREVENTION, PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE PLAN describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the job site, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be used, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if a worker becomes sick. Please feel free to download and save this document and posters below to utilize and customize it as you see fit.
English CISC COVID-19 Exposure Prevention Preparedness and Response Plan Ver 2 (updated 4/22/2020)
Spanish CISC COVID-19 Exposure Prevention Preparedness and Response Plan Ver 2 (updated 4/22/2020)
CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC)
Keeping workers engaged!
Whether you have an employee in quarantine, you've qualified for the paycheck protection aid, etc., we encourage you to use this opportunity for ONLINE virtual training and webinar education to keep workers engaged while not on the job/jobsite or working from home. Check out several resources below:
Estimating Edge - Remote estimating webinar. Several date options available through May 18.
GAF CARE Webinars - CARE offers professional, non-biased educational programs to the roofing industry.
Malarkey Roofing - Video Library
RoofersCoffeeShop.com - Several resources available on their Read Listen Watch page - from webinars to articles, podcasts and more. Check it out!
SFY Compliance - Virtual Tool Box safety talk video training.
TAMKO - New Training Webinar on Shingle Styles Visualizer
WSRCA - Training Webinar: Commercial Sales - Going From Contact to Contract in a Virtual World - Thursday April 30th.
Dept of Labor (DOL)
Families First Coronavirus Response Act | Paid Sick Leave Notice POSTER- All employers with fewer than 500 employees must display this new poster in a conspicuous place in the employer's main office.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
The Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
HOW TO FILE FOR A LOAN - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan. This guide provides questions you may be asking - and what you need to know. Click here to view the guide.
Tax Deadline for Individual Returns Extended to July 15 - the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
Other Key Colorado Links
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
COTNEY CONSTRUCTION LAW
04.27.20 HPSS Law eBlast - Paycheck Protection Program Replenished
04.20.20 HPSS Law eBlast - OSHA Provides Guidance on When a COVID-19 Illness is Recordable
04.08.20 HPSS Law eBlast - information on finalized DOL COVID-19 Regulations Clarifying Paid Leave under Families First Coronavirus Response Act including employees subject to Stay at Home or Shelter in Place Oorders, employees experiencing symptions of COVID-19, Small Business exemption and documentation requirement.
04.01.20 HPSS Law eBlast - information on programs available to provide financial assistance to contractors under the CARES Act.
03.31.20 HPSS Law eBlast - Information on Dept of Labor Clarifies small business exemption for new paid sick leave requirements.
03.20.20 HPSS Law eBlast - Information on COVID-19 Coronavirus - Labor and Employment Implications of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA), Tax Credits for Paid Sick Leave.
03.19.20 HPSS Law eBlast - Information on COVID-19 Project Concerns and Contract Provisions, Delays and Extensions of Time, Force Majeure - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Price Volatility and Increased Costs Due to COVID-19.
03.17.20 HPSS Law eBlast - Information on COVID-19 Coronavirus Frequently Asked Employment Law Questions and Answers, Employee Travel / Working from Home, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) considerations, OSHA Implications.
FFCRA Tax Credit - This article focuses on the dollar-for-dollar tax credits given to employers that arise from payments of these qualified wages under the FFCRA.
The Coronavirus Crisis Doesn’t Have to Lead to Layoffs
An article by the Harvard Business Review that talks about alternatives and options and choices. Read here.