Following confusion over the new stringent measures outlined by the Prime Minister at 8.30pm on Sunday 22nd March, it has since been confirmed that construction workers may continue to attend work, but only if they adhere to government advice.
Construction sites that continue operating during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic need to ensure they are protecting their workforce and minimising the risk of spread of infection.
The Construction Leadership Council have released a 4 page document titled ‘Site Operating Procedures’, which includes important guidance on:
- Social distancing
- What to do if someone falls ill
- Site access points
- Hand washing
- Toilet facilities
- Travel to site
- Eating arrangements
- Changing facilities, showers and drying rooms
Important Note: On page four, the guidance explicitly states the need for "increased ventilation in enclosed spaces". Any site manager who is operating a project that includes a basement, warehouse, tunnel or other enclosed space, should be increasing the number of air changes per hour to ensure that clean air is forced into the enclosed space and contaminated air is purged out.
Many large contractors have already identified this requirement and have have asked RVT to support them with an effective ventilation solution.
RVT would recommend that all site managers consider the need for increased ventilation and/or air filtration.
RVT can also offer positive/ negative pressure solutions for smaller applications. Tents and airlocks can be used in combination with filtration units, to put a work area under positive (or negative) pressure, which will stop the migration of contaminated air.
Call us on 0808 178 3286 to discuss your ventilation requirements.
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NOTE: Please note that the CLC's COVID-19 Site Operating Procedures have since been updated.