U.S. Homeland Security Issues Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During Covid-19 Response

California and New York have issued stay at home orders and governors across the country are implementing or are considering restrictions to halt the spread of Covid-19.  Governor Newsom’s order exempts workers in essential services.

But, what type of work is designated essential?

U.S. Department Homeland Security issued guidance (adopted by Governor Newsom) to help states define workers in essential services.  Under the transportation and logistics industry, the guidance lists the following:   

  • Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, and workers that maintain and inspect infrastructure (including those that require cross-border travel);
  • Employees of firms providing services that enable logistics operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use;
  • Mass transit workers;
  • Workers responsible for operating dispatching passenger, commuter and freight trains and maintaining rail infrastructure and equipment;
  • Maritime transportation workers - port workers, mariners, equipment operators;
  • Truck drivers who haul hazardous and waste materials to support critical infrastructure, capabilities, functions, and services;
  • Automotive repair and maintenance facilities;
  • Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operations;
  • Postal and shipping workers, to include private companies;
  • Employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers;
  • Air transportation employees, including air traffic controllers, ramp personnel, aviation security, and aviation management;
  • Workers who support the maintenance and operation of cargo by air transportation, including flight crews, maintenance, airport operations, and other on- and off- airport facilities workers.

State are not required to adopt this guidance and may have stricter standards.

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