The Construction Industry, Waste, & COVID-19

a group of construction workers at a project

The coronavirus pandemic has been a near-constant threat since the beginning of the year, with no ending in sight being seen in the near future. The toll in America has been heavy, to say the least. As a result, industries all across the U.S. and the world have had to adapt to the changing landscape. 

Construction is certainly one such industry that has had to change to keep people safe and secure. Construction often requires people to work in very close proximity to each other, so the very way construction companies have been forced to work is different from how it has worked before. 

In the latest Rapid Disposal blog, we discuss the ways in which construction, waste, and the coronavirus have intersected and changed the industry. 

How The Industry Has Adjusted 

Since the pandemic was initially announced, construction companies have looked for ways to optimize their operations and fend off the virus as construction workers work. To combat the virus, companies have devised some practical and clever ways to adapt. Some of those ways include: 

  • Increased telework wherever possible
  • Social distancing protocols 
  • Cleaning and sanitation protocols 
  • Improved supply chains 

Of course, it has taken some time for the industry to adjust, which has in turn led to some difficulties for some companies. However, most companies by now have adjusted to the demands of the pandemic and found ways to keep their teams from succumbing to the virus. 

One of the biggest issues that arise when construction companies are working is waste. Waste can, unfortunately, be a way that workers can come into harmful contact with materials and each other, leading to a potential outbreak amongst the staff. With that in mind, a protocol for handling waste may also need careful planning to keep workers safe. 

Construction Waste & COVID-19 

For some people, construction waste has been somewhat of an afterthought. However, it’s an incredibly important aspect of construction that deserves its own focus. 

The reason that waste needs to be a factor that is addressed is that the coronavirus can actually be active and transmissible for a certain period of time on surfaces. That period changes as the material changes, but it can range from a day to five or more. If workers are too callous in their handling of waste, it could spell disaster. 

To help with that danger, we’ve compiled a few simple tips to help out your team: 

  • Sequester different types of waste in an organized way if possible 
  • Encourage frequent sanitation
  • Change PPE as often as possible
  • Only use as many workers as are necessary

By following these simple but effective tips, you can give your staff the best chance of staying healthy. 

Choose Rapid Disposal, LLC For Quality Waste Management

If you are looking for a team that knows how to deal with waste, Rapid Disposal is the best in El Paso. We’d be happy to help you keep your operation running smoothly, no matter what. Give us a call today to learn more about our services! 


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