Government Affairs Monthly Update

Ryan Makinster

Ryan Makinster is the BIA’s Government Affairs Director. Ryan has more than 18 years of non-profit administration, public relations, communications, and government relations experience. You can reach Ryan directly via email or call 360.694.0933.

The Government Affairs Committee meets on the second Monday of the month in the BIA office at 3:30 pm.

Stay Vigilant. Stay Safe.

On Friday, April 24, Governor Inslee adopted the construction stakeholder group proposal and issued an addendum to his initial Proclamation 20-25.  Only certain activities including low risk construction projects per the Proclamation 20-25 Addendum (Phase 1) are allowed until the Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation is no longer in effect. Currently the stakeholder group is meeting regularly to decide on appropriate protocol for Phase 2. Our industry is well represented in the stakeholder group and Greg Lane, Executive VP of BIAW, was the driving force behind us getting back to work.

As we work to expand allowed construction to new projects while limiting the requirements we must abide by, one thing is paramount: We must continue to abide by the protocols and requirements set out in Proclamation 20-25 Addendum and remind our fellow builders, developers, and subs do the same.

Many of you have contacted me to ask questions about compliance so I know you have been doing your part to make sure we can continue to work, but all it takes is a few bad apples to paint us all with a negative brush. Governor Inslee has already explicitly said that if there is a problem with compliance, not only will we not move into Phase 2, but may lose the progress we have made.

As Tracy Doriot, BIAW First VP has stated, “All it takes is one hot spot to show up in the construction industry and we are done.” Stay Vigilant. Stay Safe.


Office Protocol

The question of office support and protocol has become more common in the past week.  If you have staff positions that are essential to support the operations allowed under the Phase 1 order, and their functions cannot be performed from home, they can be in the office. However, a different set of protocols is required to be followed. Please review DOSH Directive 1.70 and make sure you are strictly adhering to the protocols in office environments.


Model Homes

In addition to questions regarding office protocol, we have also received several questions regarding model homes/showing homes. These fall under the restrictions governing real estate activities that are outside of the Phase 1 construction regulations, so we don’t have any guidance documents or protocol recommendations. We suggest working with CCAR to find out what specific protocols are required for those interactions.


City/County Protocol (& Closures)

Have a question about specific protocols and processes each jurisdiction is working under? Check them out here.

These pages are updated as soon as new information becomes available.

2020 Auction for Action Cancelled

It was a tough decision, but after much consideration the Building Industry Group board of directors has chosen to cancel the 2020 Auction for Action. Due to the high level of uncertainty around the event, the members felt that it would be better to pursue other revenue streams to support out political action for the year.  Please keep an eye out, we will be announcing a new fundraising campaign soon.

Did you received PPP funds or have applied and waiting? Wondering what new accounting this will require?

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I’m a remodeler. Do we have to follow a 10-foot or 6-foot distancing rule?

If you share any space with the homeowners, you and your employees must practice a 10-foot distancing rule. This can easily be avoided by isolating your workspace from the area of the house where your clients are. Like the procedures to limit dust or other contamination of the living space.  If you are unable to fully isolate your project space 24-7, you must practice the 10 foot distancing rule and make sure to disinfect the area when you re-enter after not maintaining control of the space (evenings, weekends).


Who is responsible for providing PPE, GC, or Sub?

The employer is responsible for providing PPE for their employees; however, the GC is responsible for making sure everyone on site follows all the Phase 1 requirements.  We suggest having extra of all required equipment in case someone arrives on site without it.


I am an electrician; can I work on a project if I didn’t have a contract or didn’t sign a contract before March 25th?

Yes, if the project had a permit or contract in place before March 25th.  The order qualifies existing construction by the project, not the individual work done on the project.


The project has been considered essential since March 25th; we don’t need to follow the new rules, do we?
Yes, as of Friday, May 1, all construction must comply with the Phase 1 requirements.


Who is responsible for temperature checks and screening?

The direct employer is responsible for daily temperature checks and screening, although the GC is responsible for project compliance (see previous question).  We suggest you have your subs do the daily temperature check and screening for their employees and send you an e-mail or text confirmation before they arrive on site.  Another tip: you or your subs can have their employees take their temperature and complete screening by phone prior to leaving for work that day. You just must record they complied with the screening process, but not their temperature or answers.


Can employees carpool?

They cannot carpool under Phase 1. Under Phase 2, it is discouraged but can be done if stringent PPE protocols are followed.


Will masks still be required under phase 2 if social distancing is followed (6’ separation)?

Yes, cloth facial coverings must be worn by every employee not working alone (with no chance of human interaction). Fully enclosed cabs of heavy equipment qualify as working alone.

Past Monthly Updates

May 2020