The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) has urged its members to join a multi-industry effort to “stand down” for workplace safety awareness in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“NLBMDA has a long history of commitment to health and safety and that is more important now than ever,” Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA president and CEO, said in a statement issued by the association. “This stand down will reaffirm our members’ dedication to a safe workplace and ensure that employers and employees are educated on the steps needed to protect all individuals. We are proud to once again join the National Association of Home Builders and others in the construction industry in this important initiative.”

For the stand down, the NLBMDA is asking members to pause all work for at least 10 minutes during the week of January 11-15 to communicate COVID-19 safety precautions, such as maintaining a distance of no less than six feet, cleaning and sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis.

The association also compiled important health and safety information on its COVID-19 Action Resource Center page of its website. A similar industry-wide safety stand down event was held in the spring of 2020.