THE Construction Leadership Council has stepped forward to produce a guide, titled Site Operating Procedures, for builders who are continuing essential work while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread.
Many workers have been left confused as current events have moved faster than our ability to prepare for them.
In a statement posted to their website, Andy Mitchell co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council said of the launch of Site Operating Procedures:
"We are in exceptional circumstances, and are doing our utmost to keep construction sites operational wherever it is practical and safe to do so. Whilst the guidance from Public Health England may change in future, for the time being construction sites of any size that are operating during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic need to ensure they are protecting their workforce and minimising the risk of spread of infection.
"To implement the Government’s social distancing recommendation the Construction Leadership Council has now published Site Operating Procedures. I would strongly recommend that these procedures are implemented by every operational construction site, with the aim of us having a standard approach across the industry that all firms and workers can adopt.
"It is also vital that the health and safety requirements of any construction activity must 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. We are aware that emergency services are also under great pressure and may not be in a position to respond as quickly as usual."
You can view and download the document HERE.