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COVID-19 and the construction sector

With a long history in delivering the best training and guidance in the temporary and permanent suspended access industry, SAEMA monitors the latest developments in the construction sector, particularly regarding worker health and safety, sustainability and equality.

It has been a week since England moved to Step 4 of the UK government’s COVID-19 roadmap. This has seen the removal of many restrictions, but what is the position of the construction sector and what is the procedure on site?

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), you must still control risk and review and update your risk assessment.

The HSE’s updated webpage on keeping workplaces safe outlines some of the changes you need to know about:

  • controls to use after some restrictions are removed
  • other measures to help reduce workplace transmission
  • different approaches and timescales for removal of restrictions in Scotlandand Wales

Some workplace controls remain unchanged:

You must continue to consult your workforce on health and safety matters. Talking to workers and their representatives helps you to reduce risk.

There is UK government guidance on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4.

You should make sure the measures identified by your risk assessment take account of the public health regulations and guidance for the nation you are working in. Please refer to the relevant guidance for:

There is also guidance available for:

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