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April 2020

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Essential Critical Workforce Guidance


There has been confusion at the federal, State and local levels as to what operations, businesses and services that could continue during the COVIC-19 crisis based on being identified as “essential and critical” for our country. Efforts by design and construction organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have urged the administration to issue guidance and exemptions clarifying sectors and services that could continue during the crisis.

On Saturday March 28, 2020 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) released version 2.0 of their " Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce". The document is attached for your reference.

The document has been developed with federal agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector. The purpose is to identify the essential and critical infrastructure sectors vital to the stability of functions critical to public health, safety and economic and national security of our country.  

Critical Guidance - Not Federal Directive
Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 crisis. Critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility to continue operations. It is important to note that the document is guidance in nature and should not be considered as a federal directive.

State and Local Flexability
This is not intended to be an exclusive list of essential and critical infrastructure sectors, workers, and functions that should continue during the COVID-19 response across all jurisdictions. Each state and region has the ability to make adjustments to essential workforce categories based on their own conditions, status, requirements and discretion.

The document identifies operations, services and workers typically essential to continued critical infrastructure viability. This includes construction, staffing operations, maintaining, repairing, and others including workers that support supply chains and functions for essential and critical infrastructure workforce.

16 Essential and Critical Infrastructure Sectors
  1. Chemical Sector
  2. Commercial Facilities Sector
  3. Communications Sector
  4. Critical Manufacturing Sector
  5. Dams Sector
  6. Defense Industrial Base Sector
  7. Emergency Services Sector
  8. Energy Sector
  9. Financial Services Sector
  10. Food and Agriculture Sector
  11. Government Facilities Sector
  12. Healthcare and Public Health Sector
  13. Information Technology Sector
  14. Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector
  15. Transportation Systems Sector
  16. Water and Wastewater Systems Sector

Government & Owners Responsiblities

State and local governments are responsible for implementing and executing response activities, including decisions about access and reentry, in their communities. Infrastructure owners and operators should comply with public health guidance in decisions related to business processes, workforce allocation, and continuity of services for their sector. All decisions should balance public safety, the health and safety of the workforce, and the continued delivery of essential critical infrastructure services.

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NOTICE: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Please consult with a legal professional in your area for advice reagrding your firms individuals circumstances.

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Timothy J. Corbett, BSRM, MSM, CERG, LEED GA
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