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U.S. Publishes Revised “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” Guidance

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published on March 28 revised guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers (“Revised CISA Guidance”).  The Revised CISA Guidance still includes a listing for wood products but with the following slightly adjusted language: 

Workers who support sawmills and the manufacture and distribution of fiber and forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood and fiber products. (See pg. 7)

The revised guidance continues to have language on supply chains as follows:

It also includes workers who support crucial supply chains and enable functions for critical infrastructure. The industries they support represent, but are not limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works. (See pg. 1-2)

Two notable additions in the Revised CISA Guidance related to construction are:

Workers performing housing construction related activities to ensure additional units can be made available to combat the nation’s existing housing supply shortage. (See pg. 15)

Workers who support the supply chain of building materials from production through application/installation, including cabinetry, fixtures, doors, cement, hardware, plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling, refrigeration, appliances, paint/coatings, and employees who provide services that enable repair materials and equipment for essential functions. (See pg. 14)

NAM reports that 20 states have adopted the CISA guidance in some form.  For those states that have not yet issued stay-in-place orders, NAM continues to work with Governors’ offices to press for the adoption of the CISA guidance.  CPA is continuing to follow this closely and will continue to update members as new information becomes available.  See Revised CISA Guidance.  More Info: Jackson Morrill

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