11 June 2020
Construction sites operating during the COVID-19 pandemic need to protect their workforce and minimise the risk of spread of infection
The Construction Leadership Council has published Site Operating Procedures to help the sector safely and responsibly manage construction sites during the coronavirus pandemic.
These are intended to introduce consistent measures on sites of all sizes in line with the government’s recommendations on social distancing.
These are exceptional circumstances and it is advised that the construction industry must comply with the latest government advice on coronavirus at all times.
The health and safety requirements of any construction activity must also not be compromised at this time. If an activity cannot be undertaken safely due to a lack of suitably qualified personnel being available or social distancing being implemented, it should not take place.
Emergency services are under great pressure and they may not be in a position to respond as quickly as usual.
Sites are advised to remind the workforce of the Site Operating Procedures which are aimed at protecting them, their colleagues, their families and the UK population. It includes guidance on:
- procedure if someone falls ill
- travel to site
- site access points
- hand washing
- toilet facilities
- canteens and eating arrangements
- changing facilities, showers and drying rooms
- avoiding close working
If a site is not consistently implementing these measures, it may be required to shut down.
Advice on workplace safety
For guidance and practical steps on how local employers and employees can keep themselves and their workplaces safe, see:
- Working Through This Together - A Practical Guide To Making Workplaces Safer (PDF, 7.48MB).
- Coronavirus: Workplace safety guidelines and social distancing.
- Coronavirus: Working safely in different business settings.
The Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has produced a risk assessment template showing the approach a business should take to keep a workplace safe and healthy. See the workplace risk assessment template for COVID-19.
First published 1 April 2020