Site Preventative Measures for ContractorsLisa Mitchell
Keeping construction sites open whilst minimising any risks will be a key priority for contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have detailed below our guidance on-site prevention measure of COVID-19 that we think will help to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. Our advice is in accordance with Government, WHO and NHS guidance.
- When entering a site, and before touching or handling anything, all site workers/visitors should proceed to the toilets and wash their hands thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) with anti-septic hand wash and warm water. If available anti-septic handwash is unavailable please use soap and warm water as a minimum.
- Personal distancing should be practised by all site workers/visitors i.e. not shaking hands, keeping a distance of approximately 2m apart, avoiding interpersonal physical contact etc.
- Stagger lunch breaks to avoid the close proximity of site workers/visitors in welfare areas.
- Extra cleaning of welfare facilities, including high alcohol antibacterial washing of these areas, should take place. This should be more thorough and more frequent than your usual cleaning process.
- Initiate regular toolbox talks on handwashing and inclusion of Government / NHS guidelines as part of the induction process. Place up step-by-step NHS handwashing guides in rest rooms to remind workers/visitors of best practise.
- If visitors need to come to site ensure they have their own PPE as site PPE cannot be shared and the visitor should not be allowed on-site without it.
- Do not share any PPE between site workers/visitors.
- Ensure all site workers/visitors entering the site are fit, healthy and symptom-free, anyone showing any symptoms, coughing, fever or has been aboard recently to area’s such as Italy should not be permitted on site.
We will continue to monitor government, WHO and NHS guidance and update our guidance accordingly.