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Covid-19 Update for construction projects

With the increasing levels of infection across the county construction sites must ensure all the necessary Covid-19 infection controls are implemented to ensure their site is Covid-19 secure for all persons working, occupying and visiting the site. Our team outlines the key points that should be implemented as part of a robust Covid-19 risk management process…

14 October 2020

With the increasing levels of infection across the county construction sites must ensure all the necessary Covid-19 infection controls are implemented to ensure their site is Covid-19 secure for all persons working, occupying and visiting the site. Outlined below are the key points that should be implemented as part of a robust Covid-19 risk management process.

Project Planning

  • Ensure a Covid-19 risk assessment has been undertaken for the project.
  • Project construction phase plan arrangements takes in to consideration the need for Covid-19 controls.
  • Site induction includes information of the project arrangements for being Covid-19 secure for the duration of the project.
  • Refer to current government and industry best practice guidance, such as Revision 5 of The Construction Leadership Council Site Operating Procedure.
  • Welfare facilities provided are suitable and sufficient for the number of persons on site taking in to consideration the number of persons likely to be present on site.
  • Ensure arrangements are in place for a robust cleaning regime.
  • Information and signage is provided.
  • Programme of works takes in to consideration the need for social distancing and avoids contractors working in close proximately to each other, in particular within internal areas.
  • Ensure contractors risk assessments and safe systems of work take in to consideration the risk of Covid-19 infection.
  • First aid arrangements take in to consideration Covid-19 risk.

Arrival to site

  • Display the Covid-19 secure poster and other Covid-19 information posters for all workers to view.
  • Provide hand sanitiser at the point of entry to the site and welfare facilities.
  • Ensure induction process includes information on the arrangements for Covid-19 risk management, such as;
  • Welfare facilities – any requirements for staggered breaks etc.
  • Toilet facilities
  • Requirements for social distancing on site.
  • Workers confirm they are not suffering from any of the symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Importance of notifying the site manager should they develop any symptoms or receive a positive Covid-19 test result.
  • Site pedestrian arrangements, such as one way systems are communicated.

During Construction Works

  • Avoid the need to share tooling and have different operators of plant. Where plant and tooling is shared ensure it is sanitised between users.
  • Monitor compliance with social distancing requirements
  • Where staggered tea / meal breaks are required ensure tables, seating and work surfaces are sanitised between sittings. Site workers will be responsible for cleaning their own cups and cutlery.
  • Where work activities require workers to work closer to each other ensure control measures are implemented to reduce the risk of infection to the lowest level possible, such as:
  • Wearing of respiratory protection / face covering.
  • Work is planned to be of the shortest duration possible
  • Work involves the fewest people possible.
  • Work area is well ventilated.
  • Be proactive in delivering toolbox talks / information to site workers when any changes are made in the arrangements for Covid-19 risk management on site.
  • Be aware of any local restriction for the area where the project is being undertaken, see below for more information.

Three-tier system

On Wednesday 14th October the government will be introducing a three-tier alert system for England and Northern Ireland (Medium, High & very High) The Local COVID alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area. The three different alert levels are outlined below.

To find out the Local COVID alert in your area click here.

The current Revision 5 CLC Site Operating Procedure Guidance can be downloaded here.

Revised first aid guidance can be downloaded here.

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