Housebuilding During Covid Restrictions
Yes. Housebuilding during Covid restrictions can happen, but you need to ensure…
- Workers keep to social distancing rules and keep 2 metres apart.
- Hand washing facilities are available
Is Construction work Essential Work?
The exact words of the Government/Health and Safety Executive are “Keep your business open. With the exception of some non-essential shops and public venues, we are not asking any other businesses to close – indeed it is important for business to carry on.”
What do Construction Sites need to do to continue Housebuilding During Covid Restrictions?
- Update all risk assessments and method statements to include Covid-19 precautions
- Keep 2 metres between people at all times
- Provide handwashing facilities – these can be outdoor and must have soap, or if not possible hand sanitiser.
- Provide handwashing facility at entrance/exit point
- Provide bins with liners for paper towel disposal and empty regularly
- Provide additional parking spaces to avoid car sharing
- Stop all non-essential visitors (sales reps, purchasers etc) – put site manager phone number on gate to request entry. Entry must be denied if non-essential.
- Have staggered start and finish times to avoid congestion of people
- Remove contact entry systems (fingerprint entry)
- Place 2m waiting stripes on ground if there is a queue to enter site
- Clean contact points regularly ie handles, taps, soap dispensers, handrails
- Hold inductions sessions outdoors with 2 metres between each person in all directions
- Drivers to remain in vehicle where possible or wash hands before and after offloading
- Place 2m waiting stripes outside welfare
- Ensure only 1 person in toilet block at once
- Hands to be washed before and after using toilet facilities
- Toilet door handles, flushes, seats and locks to be cleaned throughout the day
- Portaloos to be emptied and serviced more regularly
- Workforce are required to stay on site for full shift, ie. do not leave for lunch break to use local shops
- Kettles, microwaves and fridges to be cleaned after each use. If they cannot be cleaned this frequently, they must be removed.
- Encourage workforce to bring own food, which does not require heating, to eat and flasks/drinks from home.
- Hands to be washed before and after eating/use of canteen
- Dedicated eating areas on site to be identified and places marked out at least 2 metres apart
- Re-usable crockery and cutlery should be taken out of use
- Drinking water source taps to be cleaned regularly
- Tables and chairs to be cleaned between each use
- Individuals need to clean up their own rubbish and dispose of it
- Trades to take home wet gear rather than use drying room
- Work requiring skin to skin contact is not permitted
- Plan works to ensure 2 metre social distance can be maintained
- Plan works to ensure contact is minimised ie. one trade in one plot
- Re-usable PPE to be cleaned after each shift and never shared
- Disposable PPE to be disposed of so it cannot be re-used
- Lift/hoist capacity to be reduced to keep people distant – stairs are preferable
- Avoid multiple-person use of plant
- Clean plant cabs between users
- Office equipment to be cleaned down regularly ie keyboards, phones, door handles/push plates, drawers, kettles, plugs, chargers
That is a lot to take in and will take planning and preparation to continue Housebuilding during Covid Restrictions
If you are a worker on site and you want to know how to personally comply, you can download a checklist of what employees need to do here.
If you are an employer, you need to make sure your site is COVID-SECURE. This means undertaking an extensive risk assessment and implementing control measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
To help you become COVID-SECURE, we’ve put together a download pack, available in our Download section. All you need to do is complete the documents with your details and they are ready for implementation within your business.
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