Last update: 18/05/2020
Because certain sites must remain open amid lockdown, the UK government has updated its advice for construction sites regarding social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.
Where it is not possible to follow the social distancing rules in full, employers should consider whether the activity is imperative to site operating continuity; and, if so, take all the mitigating actions practicable to reduce the risk of workers transmitting infection.
Latest government guidance for employers states that if work is to go ahead, you should:
- Advise workers to wash hands frequently, using soap and water, for 20 seconds; especially after blowing their nose, sneezing or coughing, upon arrival at work, before and after eating, after using public transport, and upon arrival at home.
- Where facilities to wash hands are not available, hand sanitiser should be used.
- Advise workers to keep 2 meters apart as much as possible.
- Plan work to minimise contact between workers and avoid skin-to-skin and face-to-face contact.
- Where face-to-face contact is essential, it should be kept to 15 minutes or less.
- Keep small groups of workers working together in teams, as small and as much as possible.
- For example, keep vehicle crews working together, rather than mixing crew members on different shifts.
To protect workers, remind colleagues daily to only come into work if they are well and no one in their household is self-isolating.
Use of Machinery
- Before getting into enclosed machinery (such as diggers), workers should wash their hands thoroughly. They should also wash their hands after getting out. To help with this, consider adding additional pop-up hand-washing stations or facilities, providing soap, water and/or hand sanitiser.
- Operators should keep the windows of enclosed machinery, or enclosed spaces, open for ventilation and be careful to avoid touching their face.
- The inside of cabs must be cleaned regularly, particularly between use by different operators.
- Stairs should be the preference over lifts or hoists. Where lifts or hoists must be used, always lower their capacity to reduce congestion and contact; and regularly clean touch-points, such as doors and buttons.
For more advice and support regarding construction workplace guidance, check the links below or contact us, by telephone: 0151 545 0497 or email: [email protected].
Please note: These documents are being updated regularly, as new guidance is released. We advise you to bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates.
- COVID-19 Support for Employers (HSE)
- UPDATED 18/05 —> COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Risk Assessment Rev8
- Y 2726 Home Working Rev2
- Construction Sector Site Operating Procedures Rev3
- LOLER PSSR Advice for Inspections During Outbreak
- Presentation: Site Safety Procedures & Closure Rev4
- Good Hygiene Toolbox Talk Rev1
- Coronavirus: Construction & Sites Toolbox Talk Rev1
- SIGNS – Scaffold Inspection Guidance
- COVID-19 CHS Poster
- Catch, Bin, Kill Poster
- Hand Washing Techniques Poster Rev1
- COVID-19 Guidance
- COVID-19 Guidance for Employers and Businesses