Our policy is submitted with our usual Health & Safety Pack and details include:
The following policies are now in place to deal with COVID-19 onsite:
Based on the unprecedented times, we must always comply with the latest government advice and guidelines on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Site Operating Procedure (SOP) are based on Public Health England (PHE) guidance.
Construction site operating during Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic need to ensure they are protecting their workforce and minimise the risk of the spreading the infection. This includes considering how personnel travel to and from site.
This guidance is intended to introduce consistent measures on construction sites of all types and sizes in line with the government’s recommendations on social distancing and ensuring the employers, employees and any other individual comply with the guidelines.
PHE Guidance for construction states “ where it is not possible to follow the social distancing guidelines in full in relation to a particular activity, you should consider whether the activity needs to continue for the site to continue to operate, and if so, tale all the mitigating actions possible to reduce to risk of transmission”
The health and safety requirements of any construction activity must not be compromised at this time. If an activity cannot be undertaken safely, it should not take place.
Emergency services are also under great pressure and may not be able to respond as quickly as normal. This should be taken into consideration in planning work activities, first aid, fire and emergency services.
Organisations must have in place effective arrangements for monitoring and reviewing their compliance with government and industry guidance. Sites should also remind the workforce at every opportunity of the site operating procedures which aim to protect them, their colleagues, families and the UK population.