Coronavirus (COVID-19): Construction
The Government has not banned construction sites from operating but have issued guidance from the Secretary of State supporting the important work that is being undertaken and encouraging essential building work to be undertaken in a safe manner.
As a result of this the Industry has published Site Operating Procedures guidance (external link).
This guidance is intended to introduce consistent measures on sites of all sizes in line with the government’s recommendations on social distancing. Read the construction social distancing guidance (external link).
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for enforcing on construction sites. Employer’s that do not enforce social distancing measures could have works suspended and face fines. The public is able to notify the HSE if they have any concerns about construction sites using their online e-form:
We suggest the following information is provided as a minimum:
- Site details and location, etc
- Any issues or concerns
- Agent or builder contact details (if known)
The current government guidance is that construction work can continue. Where possible we are having conversations with contractors to encourage them to work more consciously while the current social distancing measures are in place to slow the spread of the virus.
These measures include:
- Enabling non-site staff to work from home wherever possible
- Ensuring sites are clean and hygienic
- Making sure all workers follow Public Health England guidance on social distancing