As a Safety professional in the construction industry for the last 20 years, my dedication and duty to my workers is to provide a safe work environment to all of them. We have followed all CDC, DOLI and Government guidelines as well as the VA temporary standard, to insure we practice social distancing, wearing of masks on all projects, hand washing stations, hand sanitizer, cleaning of equipment and education on practices to apply in their homes. All of the things I have stated are things we reinforce everyday.
To now come up with a permanent standard does not in my opinion do anything but give the state a way to make more money by inspecting business's and fining them for what ever reasons they can find. This does not help make things safer, it does not make employees feel safer and it surely does nothing to help combat and prevent this awful disease.
I strongly object to this standard being made permanent and hope we all can get thru this safely.