Housebuilding During Covid Restrictions

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

Handwash Facilities MUST be available to continue housebuilding during covid restrictions

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?

Download a COVID Risk Assessment

  • 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)
  • Waiting stripes to be placed at 2 meter spacesPlace 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.

More Posts You Will Find Useful

https://www.infinitesafety.co.uk/2019/02/5-questions-we-are-asked-the-most/

How to Work on Site during Covid 19

 

 

 

 

 

Close
Menu