COVID-19 Resource Center

NASTT is supporting members through the disruption of COVID-19 by compiling tools and resources from associations and regulatory agencies that help keep members informed and stay safe and in business. This page will be updated by Wednesday each week. Submit your suggestions to chook@nastt.org.

Updated 5/6/20. Newest items are posted on top of each section.

Gas & Energy

PHMSA Guidance on Enforcement  (Source: American Gas Association)
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Office of Pipeline Safety issued a statement to gas and hazardous pipeline, underground natural gas storage and liquefied natural gas facility operators and PHMSA state partners regarding regulatory requirements and resource constraints. Posted 4/14/20.
 
COVID-19 Mitigations for Offshore Energy Operations (Source: API)
The Offshore Operations Committee issued a revised and updated document on COVID-19 Mitigations for Offshore Energy Operations. Posted 4/14/20.

Construction, Infrastructure

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Return-to-Work Guidance for Construction, Manufacturing Industries & More (Source: OHS Online)
Businesses in retail, construction, manufacturing and package delivery should review recently issued industry-specific guidance from Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) as shelter-at-home orders expire and employees return to work. (Posted 5/6/20)

Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) Recommendations: COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan for Construction (Source NUCA)
The CISC plan describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the job site, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be used, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if a worker becomes sick. English | Spanish (Posted 5/6/20)

The Law: Construction Industry Impacts in the COVID-19 World
(Source: ASCE News)
Restrictions are impacting construction jobsites throughout the world. Modern construction contracts commonly contain provisions addressing the risks of delays resulting from a force majeure. The legal landscape is changing daily. Posted 4/22/20.

How Likely is Infrastructure Spending Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak? (Source: Municipal Sewer & Water)

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have voiced support for more infrastructure spending as a part of the next COVID-19 relief bill -- a $2 trillion plan to rebuild infrastructure as Phase 4 of the nation’s coronavirus relief plan. Posted 4/14/20.

Guidance on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response (Source: CISA)
The CyberSecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has developed, in collaboration with other federal agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector, an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list to help State, local, tribal and territorial officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Posted 4/14/20.

Public Safety Canada Designates Critical Infrastructure Workers Essential (Source: Public Safety Canada)
Public Safety Canada has developed a set of functions deemed essential in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to help provinces/territories, Indigenous communities, and municipalities protect their communities while maintaining the reliable operation of critical infrastructure services and functions. Posted 4/14/20. 



Plumbing

Guidelines to Protect Workers in Plumbing and HVAC Systems (Source: International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials)
All plumbers and HVAC service technicians working on these systems are strongly recommended to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including a full face shield worn over safety goggles, impermeable gloves, and protective clothing…. Assume that everything inside that system is contagious. Posted 4/14/20.

Implications for Plumbing Industry (Source: IAPMO)
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials have published a white paper outlining the implications of the COVID-19 virus for those who work in the plumbing industry and what steps can plumbers take to stay safe. Posted 4/8/20.



Re-Opening & The "New" Normal

Disaster preparedness in the midst of COVID-19 (Source: Stantec)
Stantec offers strategies to consider for strengthening community resilience against the compounding threats we are faced with: identification of new or retrofitting shelter sites, preparing for virtual operations, reviewing existing disaster response protocols, mutual aid agreements, supplier contracts, and preparing for a quick and successful return of people to their homes. (Posted 5/22/20)



Trenchless Industry Leadership / Overall Impact

Utility & Communications Construction Update (Source: FMI)
Dan Shumate,  managing director with FMI Capital Advisors reports, “With all of the current challenges, we do expect underground contractors to remain relatively busy throughout this time. Most of the work for 2020 is already contracted and much of it is for regulated improvements of existing infrastructure.” (Posted 5/6/20)

Strategies for Developing a Safe Return-to-work Plan Following the Pandemic (Source: Stantec)
The transition back to the office can be one of success by adapting and customizing these guidelines. (Posted 5/6/20)

Underground Construction and Related Industries Respond to Coronavirus (Source: UC Online)
NASTT joined 3,000 other organizations to urge Congress and the Trump Administration to provide emergency aid for associations in critical need of support. Underground Construction reports on how the underground construction industry is responding. Posted 4/22/20.

How Business Leaders in Trenchless Industries Can Respond to COVID-19
(Source: PwC)
In its report on COVID-19 What US Business Leaders Should Know, PwC provides general guidance and discusses issues and steps to consider in response to COVID-19 for engineering and construction, power and utility, energy, utilities and mining, industrial manufacturing companies and more covering: crisis management and response, workforce, operations and supply chain, financial reporting, and tax and trade. Posted 4/22/20.


Will COVID-19 Impact the Trenchless Technology Sector? 
(Opinion. Source: Trenchlesspedia)

Trenchless technology sectors dealing with utility installation and trenchless rehabilitation may experience delays in their current and upcoming projects due disruption in the supply chain, material procurement delays and layoffs. Posted 4/14/20.

Regulations, Tax, Government, Licensure

PE Licensure: Testing Cancellations & Updates (Source NCEES)
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) reports that the the format of the October 2020 exam administration will be modified. In addition, Pearson VUE is opening several temporary test centers throughout the country to address backlogged testing demand. Examinees are encouraged to confirm specific requirements for their testing location in advance of their appointment. (Posted 5/22/20)

PE Licensure: States Issue Continuing Education Waivers (Source NSPE)
The following states have issued waivers for continuing education licensing requirements: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. The National Society of Professional Engineers is providing a state-by-state summary of continuing education requirements for Professional Engineers(Posted 5/22/20)

EEOC Updates Guidance on COVID-19 and Compliance with Antidiscrimination Laws
(Source: Workforce Bulletin)
On April 9, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its latest guidance for employers on how to ensure compliance with their obligations under federal antidiscrimination laws during the COVID-19 pandemic. Posted 4/22/20.

SBA Publishes New PPP Guidance for the Self-employed and General Partners (Source: Journal of Accountancy)
The U.S. Small Business Administration issued a new interim final rule Tuesday that supplements the guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) providing specific information on calculating the maximum loan amount for individuals with self-employment income who file a Form 1040, Schedule C. Posted 4/22/20.

Treasury Provides FAQs on Paycheck Protection Program (Source: US Treasury) 
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This document will be updated on a regular basis by the US Treasury. Posted 4/14/20.

Tax Help for Taxpayers, Businesses, Tax-exempt Organizations and Others (Source: Internal Revenue Service)
Official IRS information about the COVID-19 pandemic and economic impact paymentsThe page is updated quickly when new information is availablePosted 4/14/20.

USDOT Declaration on Commercial Vehicle Drivers Transporting Emergency Relief (Source: USDOT)
The USDOT issued an expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide #COVID19 outbreak. Posted 4/8/20.



Water, Wastewater, Water Utilities

Blue-Ribbon Panel to Evaluate Hazards to Wastewater Workers During Pandemic (Source: Municipal Sewer & Water)
To ensure the protection of wastewater workers during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, the Water Environment Federation is convening a blue-ribbon panel of experts to evaluate information on biological hazards and safety precautions. (Posted 5/6/20)

Reduction in U.S. Water Utility Revenue May Result in $32.7 Billion Economic Hit  (Source: AMWA)
AMWA collaborated with AWWA and Raftelis to produce The Financial Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on U.S. Drinking Water Utilities, which projected COVID-19 could cause a $14 billion drop in water revenue and lead to $32.7 billion in economic losses.  (Posted 5/6/20)

Continuity Through the Coronavirus and Beyond: Managing Water and Wastewater Utility Risks During COVID-19 (Source: Xylem)
This whitepaper focuses on providing greater visibility, continuity and resilience to critical water and wastewater utility systems. (Posted 5/6/20)

Purdue University Research: Considerations for Large Building Water Quality after Extended Stagnation
(Source: Purdue University)
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread building shutdowns, but also emergency restoration of water to previously closed medical facilities and homes. Several serious building drinking water safety risks exist. The U.S. National Science Foundation funded Purdue University researchers to rapidly address this serious public health concern. Posted 4/22/20.


The Water Professional's Guide to COVID-19 
(Source: Water Environment Federation)

It is important that water sector professionals keep informed on the attributions of this virus and any measures needed to protect both workers and public health. Posted 4/14/20.

UA Study Looks at Survival of Coronaviruses in Water and Wastewater (Source: The University of Arizona)
The UA study offers helpful information, demonstrating that transmission of coronaviruses tend to be limited in the aqueous environment due to the fact that they are rapidly inactivated in water and wastewater at ambient temperatures. Posted 4/14/20.

Continuity of Operations for Water Utilities (Source: WEF)
The Water Environment Federation released a podcast on March 23 on Continuity of Operations During the Coronavirus Pandemic to assist water utilities as critical and essential services. Posted 4/8/20.

Initial Impact on Water Utilities (Source: AWWA)
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) surveyed water utilities and other sector organizations March 10-16 to gauge the initial impacts of COVID-19 and actions being taken to manage risk and plan for contingencies. Posted 4/8/20.

Clean Water Act Regulatory Issues in a Pandemic (Source: WEF)
The Water Environment Federation podcast provides reminders about regulatory issues under the Clean Water Act as utilities work to maintain compliance. Posted 4/8/20.

Recommendations for Contractors and Individuals in Wastewater Sewer Work (Source: NASSCO)
The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) outlined recommended measures for all contractors and individuals involved in wastewater sewer work. Posted 4/8/20.