Getting back to work...


In construction we put safety first in everything we do. Today is no different. As both information about the virus and public policy continue to change, we will continue to update our policy and practices to keep our Team and our Communities Safe. 

Best Practices


Personal Hygiene

  • Wash your hands properly and frequently
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with your elbow
  • Take your own temperature every morning
  • Carry an individual bottle of hand sanitizer


Keep the Space

  • If you are sick, STAY HOME! 
  • Take personal vehicles to job sites, avoid carpooling
  • Do not gatherer in groups on or off site
  • Avoid stacking trades, plan for a few people in each area

Using PPE Protects your TEAM and you during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Using PPE

  • Keep your Face Covered, Wear gloves
  • Keeping your face covered protects your Team
  • Properly clean or dispose of all PPE
  • Do not share PPE, tools, drinks, etc.

Working Safely

COVID-19 Response & Action Plan


Guidelines for Working

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) and reduce the potential risk of exposure to our workforce and visitors, we are providing the following guidelines for Team Members to be followed at all times: 

  • Practice social distancing onsite. Do not congregate in lunch areas. Maintain 6’ of separation.
  • When working within the 6’ Separation Distance - please utilize a simple respiratory mask consisting of tightly woven breathable cotton fabric(preferred) or other tightly woven, breathable fabric blend, in any color of pattern.
  • Follow proper Sneeze and cough “etiquette”, use your elbow. 
  • Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face, 20 Seconds with Soap.
  • Utilize disposable hand towels and no-touch trash receptacles.
  • Increase routine environmental cleaning (tools, PPE, and other surfaces).
  • Workers shall not share hand tools or personal protection equipment (PPE).
  • We will follow a “zero tolerance” policy for employees coming to work with any type of illness/symptoms for the duration of this Public Health Emergency

COVID-19 Health Survey

All Team Members will be required to complete the following survey and certify that their answers are truthful and accurate. Anyone displaying symptoms per established guidelines will be removed from site immediately. Team Members will affirm they are complying daily at the time they punch in to work. 

Have you had contact with someone who is being investigated for, or confirmed as, having COVID-19?

□ Yes □ No

Have you experienced cold or flu-like   symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing) in the last 14 days or been in close contact with someone experiencing these symptoms?

□ Yes □ No If yes, what dates:  ________________

If you answered yes to any of the above, notify your supervisor, remove yourself from this site, and consider following up with your primary care provider or your State Department of Health for further direction. 

I understand that my participation on this site is “voluntary” during this COVID-19 crisis and that no adverse actions will be taken on the part of F.A. Rohrbach LLC., if I choose not to continue at this time. 

I acknowledge I have read and understand this directive, including the attached Best Practices for Working Safely and I have answered the above questions to the best of my knowledge. 


Sign                         Print Name    Date

A copy of this form will be kept on file with F.A. Rohrbach, LLC. Each day at Punch In, using the T-Sheets application, Team Members will reaffirm that their answers on this form have not changed and that they are in compliance with the Company’s COVID-19 Policy which is publicly available at 


Real Information


Centers for Disease Control

St. Lukes University Health Network

St. Lukes University Health Network

Our nation's authority on COVID-19. Please see this site for formal recommendations on living and working safely and official policy updates. Here are national resources for our Safety and Health.

St. Luke's University Hoppital educates the community about Coronoavirus COVID-19

St. Lukes University Health Network

St. Lukes University Health Network

St. Lukes University Health Network

Our leading regional Health Care system is providing local, up to date information for the community. Here are local resources for the Lehigh Valley and our surrounding communities.

Pennsylvania responds to Coronavirus COVID-19. Statewide resources available from Governor Wolf.

Pennsylvania Responds

St. Lukes University Health Network

Pennsylvania Responds

 All Pennsylvanians have an important role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives. Here are resources to help individuals, families, and businesses do their part. 



Hospital Preparedness

Pennsylvania Responds

 Pennsylvania Aggregates & Concrete Association is an excellent source for up to date PA construction information. Here are resources for Construction and Construction Materials companies. 


The Seltzer Group

Hospital Preparedness

Hospital Preparedness

Information about managing new risks imposed by COVID-19. A range of important topics. In particular, we recommend Happy Stories, Tales of Hope, and Where you can Make a Difference.


Hospital Preparedness

Hospital Preparedness

Hospital Preparedness

Mitigation efforts help curtail the spread of COVID-19 so our hospitals can treat patients. This Public Dashboard has information about cases and hospital preparedness across Pennsylvania.

Some helpful tips for getting back to work.

How To: Face Covering (pdf)


PA Construction Guidance (pdf)


COVID-19 Summary Policy (pdf)


Company Policy

COVID-19 Safety Policy

The following addendum has been added to the F.A. Rohrbach Company Safety Program. 

Need for a Plan

We take the health and safety of our employees very seriously. With the spread of the coronavirus or “COVID-19,” a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the we all must remain vigilant to protect its personnel and to help mitigate the outbreak in the public at large. In order to be safe and maintain operations, we have developed this COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan to be implemented, to the extent feasible and appropriate, throughout the Company and at all our jobsites. The Company’s Human Resource Team and Safety Committee will monitor the related guidance that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), and other authorities having jurisdiction continue to make available.

This Plan is based on information available from the CDC, OSHA, and various authorities having jurisdiction at the time of its publication. The current environment and the manner in which the authorities are addressing, however, is fluid. Accordingly, this policy is subject to change based on further information provided by the CDC, OSHA, and other public officials. The Company may also amend this Plan based on its strong desire to protect employees and operational needs.


All managers and supervisors must be familiar with this Plan and be ready to answer questions from employees. Managers and supervisors must always set a good example by following this Plan and any reasonably risk mitigation efforts put into place by the Company. This involves practicing good personal hygiene and jobsite safety practices to prevent the spread of the virus. Managers and supervisors must encourage this same behavior from all employees. 

Employees play an important role in protecting each other from the COVID-19 outbreak. The Company is advising every one of our employees to help with prevention efforts while at work. As set forth below, the Company has instituted various housekeeping, social distancing, and other best practices at our jobsites. Given the importance of employee participation in these efforts, all employees will be required to read and sign this policy in order to acknowledging it.

Team Members

Employees play an important role in protecting each other from the COVID-19 outbreak.The Company is advising every one of our employees to help with prevention efforts while at work. As set forth below, the Company has instituted various housekeeping, social distancing, and other best practices at our jobsites. Given the importance of employee participation in these efforts, all employees will be required to read and sign this policy in order to acknowledging it.

Basic Infection Prevention Measures that must be followed include:

  • Practice Safe Distances (“Social Distancing”) – Maintain a minimum of 6’ clearance between individuals at all times.
  • Utilize good personal Hygiene – Wash hands thoroughly and often with running water & soap (in the absence of running water & soap utilize alcohol-based hand wipes or hand sanitizer with greater than 60% alcohol). When feasible hand washing stations, hand wipes, and hand sanitizer will be provided by Company.
  • Self-monitor for signs / symptoms of the COVID-19 virus (fever, achiness, dry cough, shortness of breath, etc.) If symptoms exist, notify your employer or direct supervisor immediately and remove yourself from the workplace. 
  • Stay home if you are sick – Do not put others at risk.
  • Practice Respiratory Etiquette – Cover coughs & sneezes with your elbow not your hand; and wear a protective mask over your nose and mouth any time you are on Company property or a jobsite. Where possible, ROHRBACH will provide such face masks to ROHRBACH employees.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Do not share cell phones, tablets, computers, desks, office supplies, or other items which could transmit the virus.
  • Avoid taking breaks and lunch near others (maintain 6’ of separation).
  • Utilize technology whenever possible – rely on virtual communication like cell phones, text messaging, etc. in lieu of in person gatherings / meetings.
  • Know the COVID-19 symptoms:
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Shortness of Breath, difficulty breathing
  • Chills, Body Aches, Sore Throat, Headache, Diarrhea, Nausea/Vomiting and Runny Nose

If you have any of these symptoms, STAY HOME, call the Team Call Off Line, and call your Doctor. 

Job Site Protective Measures

The Company has instituted the following protective measures at all jobsites:

Employees or visitors to any Company property, including job sites, will have taken their temperature and recorded in a log. Any employee of visitor recording a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be permitted to enter the jobsite or other Company property. Any employee/contractor/visitor showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to leave the site, immediately. 

  • Workers must avoid physical contact with others and shall direct others (coworkers/contractors/visitors) to increase personal space to at least six (6) feet, where possible. Where work trailers or jobsite offices are used, only necessary employees should enter, and all employees should maintain social distancing while inside.
  • Employees will be encouraged to stagger work breaks and lunches, if practicable, to reduce the size of any group at any one time to less than ten (10) people. Employees should limit the use of coworkers’ tools and equipment. To the extent tools must be shared, the Company will provide alcohol-based wipes to clean tools before and after use. When cleaning tools and equipment, consult manufacturing recommendations for proper cleaning techniques and restrictions. All employees are expected to clean tools and equipment used during their work shift when they are done using them.
  • Employees are required to wear face masks but use of an N95 mask in particular is not required. Employees are encouraged to limit the need for N95 respirator use, by using engineering and work practice controls to minimize dust. Such controls include the use of water delivery and dust collection systems, as well as limiting exposure time.
  • Employees are encouraged to minimize ride-sharing. While in vehicles, employees must ensure adequate ventilation. 
  • In lieu of using a common source of drinking water, such as a cooler, employees should use individual water bottles brought to the jobsite by employees each day. Employees bringing their own drinking water is the best method to prevent the spread of the virus. 
  • All project required meetings will be held via virtual communication, if any In-person meetings are required, participants must remain at least six (6) feet apart. 
  • All job site gatherings are to take place virtually where possible. In the event of a required in person meeting, it must be limited to less than 10 people and participants must remain at least six (6) feet apart. 
  • ROHRBACH Daily Field Reports to include all notes pertaining to public / worker safety as it relates to Infectious Disease concerns. ROHRBACH to add a COVID-19 heading to the Daily Report Form and report on issues relating to COVID-19 that arise on the jobsite.
  • All Sub-contractors will be responsible (as it relates to COVID-19) for the safety & well-being of their own employees, that is to include the screening, monitoring and reporting of the quality and wellness of their workforce daily to the ROHRBACH Site Superintendent. 
  • In addition to the Hard Hats & task required PPE, face masks are now a required standard PPE requirement for this project. 
  • Elevator usage will be limited to one person only and stair tower usage will need to limit the need for passing of one another on the stairs.
  • Site deliveries will be permitted but should be properly coordinated in line with the employer’s minimal contact and cleaning protocols. Delivery personnel should remain in their vehicles if possible.

PPE & Work Practice Controls 

  • Perform daily Work Task Assessments, this should include discussions regarding social distancing, access to the workspace, material and trade contractor requirements.
  • In addition to regular PPE, Gloves and Eye Protection are also suggested.
  • The following Work Practice Controls should be followed:
  • Wear required face masks,
  • Keep dust down by using engineering and work practice controls, specifically using water delivery and dust collection.
  • Limit the exposure time to the extent possible. 
  • Isolate workers in dusty operations by using a containment structure.
  • Institute a rigorous housekeeping program to reduce dust levels on the jobsite. 
  • ROHRBACH to post COVID-19 signage prominently throughout the project site as a reminder for COVID-19 awareness and procedures.
  • Ongoing work tasks will need to be scheduled so that workers can maintain the six (6) feet individual space requirement. Work shifts and break times will be staggered where practical to limit interaction between individuals.

Exposure Response Plans

Employee Exhibits COVID-19 Symptoms

If an employee exhibits COVID-19 symptom, the employee must remain at home until he or she is symptom free for 72 hours (3 full days) without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants). The Company will similarly require an employee who reports to work with symptoms to return home until he or she is symptom free for 72 hours (3 full days). To the extent practical, employees are required to obtain a doctor’s note clearing them to return to work. It is within the sole discretion of ROHRBACH to determine if an employee poses a health risk due to COVID-19 to ROHRBACH employees or others on the jobsite.

Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 will be directed to self-quarantine away from work. Employees that test positive and are symptom free may return to work when at least seven (7) days have passed since the date of his or her first positive test and have not had a subsequent illness. Employees who test positive and are directed to care for themselves at home may return to work when: (1) at least 72 hours (3 full days) have passed since recovery; and (2) at least seven (7) days have passed since symptoms first appeared. ROHRBACH reserves the right to require a note from an appropriate health care provided clearing an employee to come back to work in the event of a possible COVID-19 exposure or illness.

Employees who test positive and have been hospitalized may return to work when directed to do so by their medical care providers. The Company will require an employee to provide documentation clearing his or her return to work.

Employee Has Close Contact with an Individual Who Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

Employees who have come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 (co-worker or otherwise) will be directed to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that individual. Close contact is defined as being within six (6) feet for a prolonged period.

If the Company learns that an employee has tested positive, the Company will conduct an investigation to determine co-workers who may have had close contact with the confirmed-positive employee in the prior 14 days and direct those individuals who have had close contact with the confirmed-positive employee to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that employee. If applicable, the Company will also notify any sub-contractors, vendors/suppliers or visitors who may have had close contact with the confirmed-positive employee. If an employee learns that he or she has come into close contact with a confirmed-positive individual outside of the workplace, he/she must alert a manager or supervisor of the close contact and self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that individual. 

OSHA Recordkeeping

If a confirmed case of COVID-19 is reported, the Company will determine if it meets the criteria for record-ability and report-ability under OSHA’s recordkeeping rule. OSHA requires construction employers to record work-related injuries and illnesses that meet certain severity criteria on the OSHA 300 Log, as well as complete the OSHA Form 301 (or equivalent) upon the occurrence of these injuries. For purposes of COVID-19, OSHA also requires employers to report to OSHA any work-related illness that (1) results in a fatality, or (2) results in the in-patient hospitalization of one or more employee. “In-patient” hospitalization is defined as a formal admission to the in-patient service of a hospital or clinic for care or treatment.

OSHA has made a determination that COVID-19 should not be excluded from coverage of the rule – like the common cold or the seasonal flu – and, thus, OSHA is considering it an “illness.” However, OSHA has stated that only confirmed cases of COVID-19 should be considered an illness under the rule. Thus, if an employee simply comes to work with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but is not a confirmed diagnosis, the record-ability analysis is not necessarily triggered at that time. 

If an employee has a confirmed case of COVID-19, the Company will conduct an assessment of any workplace exposures to determine if the case is work-related. Work-relatedness is presumed for illnesses that result from events or exposures in the work environment, unless it meets certain exceptions. One of those exceptions is that the illness involves signs or symptoms that surface at work but result solely from a non-work-related event or exposure that occurs outside of the work environment. Thus, if an employee develops COVID-19 solely from an exposure outside of the work environment, it would not be work-related, and thus not recordable.

The Company’s assessment will consider the work environment itself, the type of work performed, the risk of person-to-person transmission given the work environment, and other factors such as community spread. Further, if an employee has a confirmed case of COVID-19 that is considered work-related, the Company will report the case to OSHA if it results in a fatality within 30 days or an in-patient hospitalization within 24-hours of the exposure incident

Rohrbach COVID-19 Company Policy

We are continually adapting this policy as new information and guidance becomes available.