WASHINGTON — The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) has urged its members to join a multi-industry effort to “stand down” for workplace safety awareness in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. NLBMDA issued the following statement:
“NLBMDA has a long history of commitment to health and safety and that is more important now than ever,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA president & CEO. “This stand down will reaffirm our members’ dedication to a safe workplace and ensure that employers and employees are educated on the steps needed to protect all individuals. We are proud to once again join the National Association of Home Builders and others in the construction industry in this important initiative.”
As part of the stand down, NLBMDA members are being asked to pause all work for at least 10 minutes during the week of Jan. 11-15 to communicate coronavirus safety precautions, such as maintaining a distance of no less than six feet with others at all times, cleaning and sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis and ensuring the proper sanitation of common surfaces and equipment. NLBMDA has also compiled the important health and safety information in the COVID-19 Action Resource Center, located on the NLBMDA website.
A similar industry-wide stand down was held in April, 2020.