Coronavirus Weekly Testing for all Site Operatives

On this project they have set up weekly coronavirus Lateral flow testing for the entire project which is complete for the entire site of 450 people within 2 hours.

The logistics, timing and management of the entire procedure is set up and managed by the contractor, with the actual test itself being carried out by an external provider using medically trained staff.

Subcontractor groups are issued 10 minute arrival windows for their operatives to arrive.

Operatives are directed into the one way queue system upon entering site; no one is allowed into the welfare or work areas until a test has been completed.

To achieve the time frame they have set up airport style people management to queue operatives for their test. The queues are then ‘Pulsed’ in 5 people bursts to keep the flow of people moving as the test bays become available.

Upon completion of the tests the operatives are released back to start their shift.

Operatives are issued a numbered raffle ticket to indicate they have had a test to allow them to gain access back to the workface and welfare.

To keep the procedure running quickly and efficiently they concentrate on the positive results rather than waiting for all operatives be negative. If there is a positive result they contact the respective site supervisor/manager and ensure they leave site to go get an NHS test and update the contractor with their results and relevant track and trace information.

The testing offers some confidence for the workforce that they are working in a safer environment due to the testing.

This example of best practice is just one way that projects can work to tackle the virus and reduce the spread. For full guidance and the latest Government advice read the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures.

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