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
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
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.