The Construction Leadership Council and Build UK have released the ‘Site Operating Procedures‘ report, which outlines measures on construction sites of all sizes in line with the government’s recommendations on social distancing
Construction sites operating during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic need to ensure they are protecting their workforce and minimising the risk of spread of infection.
Undoubtedly, the UK lockdown will have an enormous impact on the construction industry. Many individuals are concerned about their financial situation; the future of their business, their employer and their job. Communication at this time is key.
These are exceptional circumstances and the industry must comply with the latest government advice on Coronavirus at all times. The health and safety requirements of any construction activity must also not be compromised at this time.
If an activity cannot be undertaken safely due to a lack of suitably qualified personnel being available or social distancing being implemented, it should not take place.
The Site Operating Procedures guidance states ‘sites should remind the workforce at every opportunity of the Site Operating Procedures which are aimed at protecting them, their colleagues, their families and the UK population.’
The Site Operating Procedures includes important guidance on:
- Social distancing
- What to do if someone falls ill
- Site access points
- Hand washing
- Toilet facilities
- Travel to site
- Eating arrangements
- Changing facilities, showers and drying rooms
Anyone who meets one of the following criteria should not come to site:
- Has a high temperature or a new persistent cough (follow the guidance on self-isolation)
- Is a vulnerable person
- Is living with someone in self-isolation or a vulnerable person.
If a construction site is not consistently implementing the measures set out in the Site Operating Procedures, it may be required to shut down.
Read the full Site Operating Procedures here.