COVID-19 Work Procedures

by | May 6, 2020

roofing and building contractors

Our roofing and building contractors have adopted new safety protocols to ensure the safety of both themselves, the clients and the public.

To help tackle the threat presented by COVID-19 to our industry, our roofing and building contractors, our subcontractors and their families, and the wider community we have developed our own site working procedures which include key messages published by The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) as part of their ongoing advice to the UK Government. The procedures cover everything from travelling to and from site through basic social distancing while on site all the way to managing the welfare arrangements and sharing tools and equipment. The procedures have been linked to our Construction Phase Plans and Site Inductions and the control measures also feature in our risk assessments and method statements. On-going toolbox talks are used to communicate any changes to arrangements and e-mail updates are also sent to our directly employed staff, operatives and our subcontractors. All members of our team have been risk assessed to determine if they or anyone they live with fall into the ‘vulnerable’ category and where this is the case, alternative arrangements have been put in place including working from home and, where necessary, staying at home.

We have successfully operating under these site working procedures for several weeks allowing us to continue essential works including the delivery of roofing projects to the MOD and British Telecom. During their site visits our Contracts Supervisors focus on observing the safe working arrangements and practices and the site teams compliance with the vital social distancing control measures. They also help to deliver any updates during toolbox talks and are available to answer any queries or concerns. Working outside and following our established practice of operating in small two-man teams helps to ensure we observe all the social distancing guidance without the need to make major changes. We have been able to facilitate teams travelling to site separately to minimise risk and have implemented collective control measures including staggered breaks and more frequent cleaning regimes for the welfare facilities leaving individuals to focus on the well-publicised personal hygiene routines. In summary, the procedures we have adopted are now second nature and we remain confident of being able to keep our roofing and building contractors, our subcontractors, their families and the wider community safe for as long as is needed during these testing times.