In the UK, businesses have a duty under Regulation 4 of CDM 2015 to make sure suitable welfare facilities are provided on construction sites. Recently, further guidance has been issued on the Site Operating Procedures required for construction sites and welfare facilities in England (and in time the rest of the UK), and last week the Government released further guidance on working safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hollis has developed a new product to assist clients in assessing whether their welfare facilities are appropriate, providing evidence and peace of mind that they are meeting their statutory obligations. By carrying out welfare inspections, we can help ensure that health, welfare and hygiene controls have been implemented in accordance with the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures for sites that are open and operational.
Construction sites operating during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic need to ensure they are protecting their workforce and minimising the risk of spread of infection. This includes considering how personnel travel to and from site. The guidance is intended to introduce consistent measures on construction sites of all types and sizes in line with the Government’s recommendations on social distancing and ensure employers and individuals make every effort to comply.
By conducting a comprehensive welfare specific check, we’ll inspect a site against Government criteria to ensure compliance ahead of becoming operational again. Our checks cover various health and safety aspects such as washing facilities, sanitary convenience, supply of drinking water and availability and adequacy of PPE, as well as specific measures to ensure social distancing including screens, one-way systems, adequate parking and regular cleaning checks.
If you have not already done so, you should carry out an assessment of the risks posed by COVID-19 in your workplace as soon as possible. If you would like to speak to one of our Health and Safety experts, please get in touch.