Site Operating Procedures
The Government has confirmed that construction sites should continue to operate during the current Coronavirus pandemic. Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, confirmed that the Site Operating Procedures published by the Construction Leadership Council are aligned with Public Health England (PHE) guidance that must be implemented in the workplace.
In response to feedback, the Site Operating Procedures Version 2 has now been published to include:
- Clarification that where it is not possible or safe for workers to distance themselves from each other by 2 metres then work should not be carried out [this is under continual review with PHE and HSE]
- The request from Transport for London to avoid using the tube network during peak times
- Updates from Public Health England to reference:
o those living with someone who has shown signs of Covid-19 infection
o those living with someone who is shielding
o 60%+ alcohol-based hand sanitiser
o keeping groups of workers together to minimise transfer of infection across the workforce
- The need to monitor implementation of the procedures
Trust this is useful to you, any further queries you may have please do not hesitate to contact me, stay safe, regards, Malcolm
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