Members of the Safety and Health Code Board,
The Precast Concrete Association of Virginia (PCAV) represents companies in the precast concrete industry that produce essential products to support the infrastructure needs of the Commonwealth. On behalf of the PCAV, I oppose adopting a Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus that Causes COVID-19, 16VAC25-220.
In addition, I am firmly opposed to any amendment to include other flus, viruses, cold or other communicable diseases in any permanent standard. There is no one-size fits all plan to combat a wide variety of infectious illnesses.
The ETS is burdensome, obsolete, difficult to enforce, costly in time and money, and lacks the flexibility to adapt to current science and innovation. I am strongly opposed to the adoption of these as a Permanent Standard for what is a temporary health emergency.
The construction industry remains committed to the safety of our workers and the citizens of the Commonwealth. I welcome the opportunity to work with all stakeholders to develop any necessary policies regarding the health and safety of workers in the precast concrete sector of the construction industry.
Thank you for the opportunity to publicly comment.
Vanessa L Patterson
Vanessa L. Patterson
“Dedicated to the Growth of the Precast Concrete Industry”
1 U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Virginia
2 U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Virginia
3 2019 United States Census Bureau