This document presents updated guidance on COVID-19 safety and health practices for Energy Efficiency (EE) workers, based on the most recent information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please note these guidelines and requirements may change over time, depending on national and/or regional conditions with regard to COVID-19.
Currently, the CDC evaluates the risks associated with contracting COVID-19 and becoming severely ill based on a combination of factors called “Community Level.” This Community Level rates the risk in each county in the United States as Low, Medium, or High. It is based on:
- New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days
- Percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients
- Total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days
The Community Level rating is used by local health officials, companies, and individuals for making decisions about which prevention strategies to use to minimize infection risk. These strategies include staying up-to-date on vaccines, testing, wearing masks, and social distancing.
With this update, individual personal protective requirements, such as masks, will no longer be mandated for EE workers. Program administrators will continue to monitor Community Level risk and reserve the right to reinstate more stringent guidelines as conditions warrant.
If the Community Level in any county in these states where EE work is conducted becomes High, new Guidelines may be issued that may require certain measures to ensure protection of workers and customers. If and when such requirements are issued, it will be the responsibility of the contractor to confirm compliance of employees with these requirements.
IMPORTANT: All energy-efficiency work should be performed in compliance with applicable local and state COVID-19 orders and guidelines in effect at the time the work is done, if they are different from the Guidelines presented here.
IMPORTANT: Employees, contractors, and subcontractors are strongly encouraged to get vaccines and boosters, as recommended by the CDC.