Contractor Safety Tips Related to COVID-19

Per California and Florida, despite the current state and municipal policies set in place to curve the impact of COVID-19, the majority of residential construction is still considered essential business as of March 24, 2020. Therefore, many home improvement and home repair projects can still take place. 

Please note, as of 3/31/2020 residential and commercial construction restrictions do apply in the following California counties: Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, and San Francisco; click here for more information.

When you are out on the job with a property owner, we suggest you adopt risk management procedures for the property owner(s) and your safety. Below are a few standard best practices:

Personal Responsibility

  • Take steps to protect yourself, as outlined by the CDC guidelines.

  • If you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness or other, don’t go out on the job.

  • Do not share tools or personal protective equipment such as gloves, eye protection, etc.

  • Follow all safety policies of your business, the CDC recommendations, state, and local authorities.

Prepare Before On-Site Visit

  • Meet with property owners and stakeholders via virtual calls/meetings (e.g., Zoom) or phone.

  • Have the property owner submit their PACE application before the on-site visit.

  • Use remote proposal tools whenever possible (e.g., Sighten, Aurora, etc.).

  • Use the property owner’s mobile device to do a virtual walkthrough and take first pass measurements.

  • If possible, deliver a remote proposal and close the deal remotely. If a site visit is required, complete as much of your SOW/proposal ahead of time.

  • Ensure the property owner that you can meet outside of their home to finalize any paperwork.

  • Notify the property owner that you will use personal protection as needed and/or required.

Social Distancing

  • Discourage hand-shaking and other contact greetings. 

  • Make zero physical contact with the property owner.

  • Keep a min. of the 6-foot distance between co-workers and property owners.

  • Avoid gatherings of 10+ people, including meetings, breaks, and lunches.

  • To limit the number of people on a job site at one time.

  • Ask property owners to keep household pets away from the work area.

  • Utilize payments over the phone or online, instead of taking cash or check on site.


  • Utilize disposable gloves, wash hands frequently, and avoid touching your face.

  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or elbow; Then wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

  • Disinfect reusable supplies, tools, and equipment.

  • Disinfect touched surfaces multiple times on a job site.

  • Remove all trash for the property, and safely dispose of the materials.

  • Do not use a common water cooler - bring your own water.

  • Sanitize shoes when entering/leaving a job site. Consider using shoe booties.

  • Change work clothes before arriving home. Be sure to wash clothes in hot water and soap.

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