COVID-19 Resources Available to Navigate the “New Normal”

Pavement Coatings Technology Council offers COVID-19 resources help pavement maintenance professionals navigate the “new normal.”

The Pavement Coatings Technology Council (PCTC) is doing everything it can to support pavement maintenance professionals nationwide throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Our industry is comprised of several small businesses and, today, many business owners face uncertainty surrounding the stay-at-home orders, travel restrictions and economic impact of this unprecedented event. PCTC can help by providing relevant and helpful resources for contractors and applicators. Take a look through the following tools from organizations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and more to learn how your business can prepare and adapt.

The CDC Interim Guide for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 showcases best practices for preparation in the age of the coronavirus. Crucial information includes guidelines on readying workplaces for an outbreak, reducing transmission among employees and maintaining healthy business operations.

For those who may be uncertain about where their state stands in terms of essential business practices and shelter-in-place mandates, especially as these recommendations change over time, The MultiState Associates Guide to Stay-at-Home Orders: What is Considered an “Essential Business”? can serve as a clarifying tool. Organized by location and updated daily, the resource offers details on legislation passed at the state-level and what these guidelines mean for business operations. Similarly, The MultiState Associates State and Local COVID-19 Response Information outlines regulatory activity related to COVID-19 in addition to travel restrictions issued by state.

The OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 contains health recommendations for maintaining a safe environment for employees during the pandemic. OSHA also offers valuable insight about which jobs are classified at lower, medium or high exposure risk to help business owners make informed decisions about worker protection. For a more concise resource, pavement maintenance professionals are encouraged to explore the OSHA Alert to Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus, which includes general practices for minimizing risk.

In addition to following official recommendations, the Council urges professionals to leverage health policies that promote the well-being of customers and employees. PCTC’s Establishing a Policy on Reducing the Spread of Disease fact sheet can guide business owners through crafting a sound wellness plan to help applicators feel secure within their own companies and communities. Remember, ensuring your business and its workers are protected is of utmost priority during this novel pandemic.