Social Distancing

One of the important factors set out by Public Health England guidance and addressed in the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures (currently Version 3) in response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, is the need for clear social distancing parameters to be installed on site.

Start/Finish and break times are to be staggered to avoid the potential for site personnel to congregate.

It is imperative that site manage distancing on site through clear demarcation, ideally through marked off permanent surfaces, such as floors and unfinished columns, staircores and walls.

Sites should install a one-way system to avoid the need for personnel to cross and this must consider any amendments required to the Fire Evacuation Procedures.

Where it is not possible to install a one-way system, for example in single staircores, a clear protocol is to be initiated as to the priority of direction, whereby other personnel are to retreat when approached by another operative with priority.

Notices for Access to allow work to progress in individual areas are to be widely used to ensure that site teams can effectively manage distancing.

These Notices are to be displayed at room/area access points with numbers of personnel in individual blocks/areas to be schedules to limit the risk of contact.

Visitor access is to continue to be restricted and client meetings are to be facilitated through video conferencing.

Where client access is required for Inspections or Valuation purposes, site teams are to facilitate through photographic surveys or live video streaming directed by the client.

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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