Well these are strange times, so it will be no surprise that this blog focuses on Covid-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a dramatic and inevitable impact on businesses throughout the construction sector. Although some construction sites have closed, many remain open, operating in accordance with Government and HSE guidelines.
If your site is active, protecting your workforce is of paramount importance. The latest guidance and advice is available on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19.
The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has also provided up-dated Site Operating Procedures (version 3), based on PHE (Public Health England) guidelines. These are intended to introduce consistent measures on construction sites of all types and sizes, in line with the Government’s recommendations on social distancing to ensure employers and individuals know what they have to do to comply. It also provides guidance on staff travel to and from site, welfare facilities and cleaning. This link will take you straight there.
RIDDOR – Reporting coronavirus (Covid-19)
HSE has also issued guidance on reporting coronavirus (COVID-19) under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013), which you may find useful. You should make a report under RIDDOR when:
- an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence.
- a worker has been diagnosed as having COVID 19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by exposure at work. This must be reported as a case of disease.
- a worker dies as a result of occupational exposure to coronavirus.
Full details and further information on making a report under RIDDOR can be found here.
Stay safe, everybody.