TXIA is working to curate and produce resources for our irrigation professionals to be utilized during the national pandemic of Covid-19 virus. Please check back often as we are adding additional resources as they become available.
Note: Irrigation is deemed an essential industry (i.e. service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, essential activities, and essential businesses). See resources below for operating during the shutdowns as an essential industry.
UPDATED RESOURCES (May 1, 2020)
The Environmental Protection Agency has released new Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes in conjunction with the CDC. Within this resource you will find a quick reference document including ways to develop, implement and maintain cleaning protocols. Additionally, a more detailed explanaition is included with many helpful links to aid you in this process.
The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has provided Enforcement Guidance for Reporting Cases of COVID-19 Cases in an updated Enforcement Memo. This resource includes guidance and resource links.
Access the Governer's Strikeforce to Open Texas to stay up to date on the latest Texas opening guidelines. They have a great list of reopening checklists including one for employers and employees. Governer Abbott also has a page that publishes update for Texas small businesses where you can sign up for COVID-19 Related Updates for Texas Businesses.
Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce:
In collaboration with other federal agencies and the private sector, CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) developed an initial list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help State and local officials as they work to protect their communities. Please see the Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response* for details.
*Updated 3/30 for inclusion of landscapers (which is inclusive of irrigation professionals)
Sample document for Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce proof:
Utilize the sample proof letter for your crew establishing them as essential critical infrastructure workforce. Insert your company name and any pertinent business services in the letter in order to make valid for your company. You should also attach a copy of the Memorandum on Identification of Essential Creitical Instracture Workers During COVID-19 Response from above.
COVID-19 Recommended Business Practices:
Recommended Business Practices w/TXIA logo (.pdf)
Recommended Business Practices for use with your company logo or letterhead (.docx)
CDC Stop the Spread of Germs Workplace Poster:
Small business guidance and loan resources:
State of Texas
Small business FAQs on COVID-19 from the National Federation of Independent Business:
Great resource for small business FAQs on COVID-19! FAQs on business closure, workplace safety, general public health, federal paid leave, wage & hour questions, employment law questions, and financial questions.
TCEQ's update on licensees and applicants:
The TCEQ is practicing flexibility for licensees and applicants who are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. More information on expiring licenses and licensure exams can be found on their Occupational Licensing COVID-19 Response webpage.
CDC's COVID-19 Website
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
OSHA COVID-19 Website
OSHA Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
The above resources and basic guidelines are provided as a service under the presumption there is limited exact resources and no exact guidance to prevent the contraction or spread of COVID-19. The TXIA neither makes any guarantees nor takes any responsibility for circumstances outside the association’s control. When in doubt, please consult the state and your local entities and the CDC for complete guidance for businesses and employers.