Coronavirus Resource Center
Central South Carpenters' Chief of Staff, Craig Wright, has an important message for all members: https://youtu.be/DfsE6od0p2g
OSHA: OXYGEN LEVELS AND MASKS:
Q. Does wearing a medical/surgical mask or cloth face covering cause unsafe oxygen levels or harmful carbon dioxide levels to the wearer?
A. No. Medical masks, including surgical masks, are routinely worn by healthcare workers throughout the day as part of their personal protective equipment ensembles and do not compromise their oxygen levels or cause carbon dioxide buildup. They are designed to be breathed through and can protect against respiratory droplets, which are typically much larger than tiny carbon dioxide particles. Consequently, most carbon dioxide particles will either go through the mask or escape along the mask's loose-fitting perimeter. Some carbon dioxide might collect between the mask and the wearer's face, but not at unsafe levels.
Like medical masks, cloth face coverings are loose-fitting with no seal and are designed to be breathed through. Workers may easily remove their medical masks or cloth face coverings periodically (and when not in close proximity with others) to eliminate any negligible buildup of carbon dioxide that might occur. Cloth face coverings and medical masks can help prevent the spread of potentially infectious respiratory droplets from the wearer to their co-workers, including when the wearer has COVID-19 and does not know it.
FACTS ABOUT MASKS: OSHA generally recommends that employers encourage workers to wear medical masks or cloth face coverings at work to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. OSHA recently issued frequently asked questions (FAQ) guidance to address inaccurate claims that these masks and face coverings cause unsafe oxygen or harmful carbon dioxide levels for the wearer. Get the facts here.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, multiple state are extending unemployment benefits. See details for each state, here: https://money.com/coronavirus-state-unemployment-benefit-extension/?xid=applenews
BENEFITS FUNDS OFFER RELIEF TO MEMBERS: From a one-time withdraw from your retirement to helping keep medical coverage, check out these relief efforts: https://bit.ly/2Z4LI7E
GET RELIEF: The CSCRC Relief Fund is activated for members affected by COVID-19. Please click here to see if you are eligible: https://bit.ly/2y1juyR
YOUR LIFE IS WORTH IT: Central South Carpenters' Chief of Staff Craig Wright has an important message for every brother and sister in our Council. Please watch this short video: https://youtu.be/gJ-DiNooi50
GET QUESTIONS ANSWERED: Remember, if you have a question about COVID-19 and how it affects your work, we want to hear from you. We now operate a virtual "Ask-the-Council" program, where you can simply text your question and we will get an answer to you as soon as possible. Please text the word QUESTION to 844-682-7272 (844-68-CSCRC) to get started.
Re-Openings and Paused Re-Openings: Due to rising COVID-19 case counts, several states in our region are pausing or reversing plans to re-open. Click here for details about your state's status and restrictions. Be aware city and county orders are affecting many areas as well. Check with your local governments to find out if additional rules apply. Check it out: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/states-reopen-map-coronavirus.html.
Face mask maintenance: Face masks are a part of everyone’s life right now, including construction job sites. If you wear a reusable cloth face covering, it’s important to keep it clean. Per OSHA, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on washing face coverings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wash-cloth-face-coverings.html. OSHA also suggests following those recommendations, and always washing or discarding cloth face coverings that are visibly soiled. Read more tips and information about cloth face coverings here: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/covid-19-faq.html#cloth-face-coverings and here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html. WEAR THE MASK CORRECTLY: OSHA released a new video and poster (shown on the right) that shows how to properly wear and remove a respirator. The video and poster are also available in Spanish.
How to Stay Healthy at Work: As more of our members get back on the job, we know safety measures like keeping 6 feet apart are challenging. But it is important to practice social distancing and protect yourself in other ways like:
General Information about the Unemployment Insurance Program: https://www.dws.arkansas.gov/unemployment/
To file a UI claim online: https://www.ezarc.adws.arkansas.gov/
To file a claim by telephone number: https://www.dws.arkansas.gov/unemployment/ark-line/
Arkansas State Health Department: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/
General Information about the Unemployment Insurance Program: https://www.louisianaworks.net/hire/vosnet/Default.aspx
To file a UI claim online: https://www.louisianaworks.net/hire/vosnet/Default.aspx
To file a claim by telephone number: Call 1-866-783-5567
Louisiana State Health Department: http://ldh.la.gov/
General Information about the Unemployment Insurance Program: https://www.mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims/claims-information/
To file a UI claim online: https://www.mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims/claims-information/
To file a claim by telephone number: 1-888-844-3577
Mississippi State Health Department: https://msdh.ms.gov
General Information about the Unemployment Insurance Program: https://www.ok.gov/oesc/Claimants/
To file a UI claim online: https://unemployment.state.ok.us/W2.aspx
Oklahoma State Health Department: https://www.ok.gov/health/
General Information about the Unemployment Insurance Program: https://www.twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-services
To file a UI claim online: https://www.twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-services#applyForBenefits
See these additional tips for Texans
Texas State Health Department: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/
HEAR FROM THE EST: Please watch this video message from EST Engels about help for members during this crisis: https://youtu.be/O9CF4X2npyE
Please watch this short video message from Jason Engels, the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Central South Carpenters, about COVID-19 and its effects on all of us. Click here.
Health Funds: http://www.centralsouthcarpenters.org/MemRetirement.xml
Council Representative Contact: http://www.centralsouthcarpenters.org/Council.xml
The CSCRC is following state and federal guidelines to reduce virus transmission and expansion in the workplace.
We will continue to provide all forms of service and support to our members.
Offices will remain open, but we encourage you to visit the office only if necessary and to use the phone or email for routine questions. Find your contact info here: http://www.centralsouthcarpenters.org/Council.xml
If you must visit a Council or Local office, please wash your hands and complete hand sanitization upon entry to the building.
Representatives will continue to make job site visits.
All training centers are temporarily closed. We will update all members when training resumes.
Eligible UBC members can now use the CITF's Learning Management System to take an online course to be trained in ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment). UBC members who are trained provide much needed expertise in this crisis to ensure that proper protocol is followed and proper containment measures are being taken. Check out the courses "ICRA: Best Practices in Health-Care Construction" and "COVID-19 Preparedness Qualification" here: https://www.carpenters.org/resource-hub/for-our-members. You'll need a computer or tablet to take the course, and if you have trouble logging in, reach out to your Local Union to verify your email address.
Members are urged to take the online COVID-19 Preparedness Qualification courses: https://bit.ly/3dXVwVX
Training credentials renewal expiration dates have been extended. Click here for details: https://bit.ly/33JcPVM
All training centers are closed in all five states until further notice.