Energy Trust is committed to helping our trade allies navigate through the changing landscape related to the coronavirus pandemic. Below is a summary of links to small business resources for contractors.
COVID-19: Job health, safety resources for contractors from Oregon CCB Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order—issued in light of the COVID-19 outbreak—requires all businesses that continue to operate to follow social distancing guidelines. This means contractors need to take proactive steps to maintain social distancing on jobsites. The most current guidance can be found on the Oregon OSHA website.
At a minimum, contractors that continue to operate should:
- Designate an employee or officer to establish, implement and enforce social distancing policies consistent with the guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.
- Review the job health, safety resources for Oregon contractors document developed by CCB and OSHA.
- Incorporate ongoing COVID-19 safety planning and practices specific to their jobsite risks into their projects.
- Continue to evaluate and assess worksite risks in light of the latest guidance from the CDC and OHA.
Questions regarding COVID-19 jobsite safety and enforcement should be directed to Oregon OSHA.
Construction Worksite Safety: Resources to help contractors incorporate COVID-19 safety planning and worksite-specific safety practices into their projects. These links are provided as informational resources, and contractors should continually evaluate specific risks associated with a particular job site in light of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oregon Health Authority and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Any guidelines should be read in the context of official guidance as well as the specific circumstances of your job site:
- OHBA Free Training: COVID-19 Job Site Safety Practices
- OSHA: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- OHBA: COVID-19 Job Site Practices
- IBEW: COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines for Construction Trades
- NECA: Managing COVID-19 In the Workplace
- OSHA: COVID-19 page
- Oregon Health Authority (OHA): COVID-19 page
- CDC: Guidance for Workplaces and Employers
- CDC: Guidance on What to Do If You Are Sick
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act : The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
Oregon Work Share Program: Work Share provides an alternative for employers and workers who may be facing the prospect of a lay off situation. With Work Share, instead of reducing staff, an employer reduces the hours of work for a group of workers. Partial Unemployment Insurance benefits are then paid to supplement workers’ reduced wages.
Oregon Small Business Resource Navigator: Business Oregon, alongside the Oregon Employment Department, the Oregon Secretary of State, and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services compiled information to assist Oregon small businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.
USDA Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19: USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Resource list for Washington businesses and workers: List of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus.