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Working With Builders Safely After Lock Down

With life getting back to normal, many builders will be returning to work and starting new jobs under the new government guidance.

There’s a lot to go through and take in, so we’ve been through and taken our top tips for safely working with builders now that lock down is being lifted.

Maintaining Social Distancing On Site

Social distancing should be adhered to on site, even if the area of work is outdoors.

If social distancing cannot be followed, there are other things that can be done to reduce the risk:

  • Increasing the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning

  • Using screens or barriers to separate people from each other

  • Working back to back or side to side rather than facing each other wherever possible

  • Working in fixed teams to reduce the number of people staff are in contact with

  • Implementing one way systems on site

Site Meetings

Although assessments for building control are primarily being carried out remotely by submitting photos to the inspector, it may be necessary for a site visit to look at a particular stage of your project.

If a site visit cannot be avoided, there are steps you and your builder can take to reduce the risk of transmission:

  • Keep the number of people present at the meeting to a minimum

  • Avoid sharing pens or other objects during meetings

  • Provide hand sanitiser

  • Hold meetings outdoors and maintain 2m separation

Keeping the Workspace Clean

Sharing of equipment should be kept to a minimum, however to where this is not possible keeping shared equipment clean can help reduce the risk of transmission.

  • Clean work areas and equipment more frequently between uses

  • Clean objects and surfaces that are touched regularly such as buckets and other equipment

  • Keep work spaces clear and remove waste and belongings at the end of the shift

Face Coverings

Although face coverings are optional, employers should support their workings in wearing them safely if they choose to do so. Workers who wish to wear face coverings should be reminded to:

  • Wash their hands thoroughly or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on and after removing it

  • When wearing a face covering, avoid touching their face or face covering to avoid contamination

  • To change their face covering if it becomes damp or they’ve touched it

  • To change and wash (if the material is washable) their face covering daily

  • Still practice social distancing where possible

These points are only part of the guidance issued by the government, if you would like to read the documents in full you can find them with the rest of the COVID-19 guidance.

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