CICV Forum issues health and safety guidance for construction workers

The Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum has issued new guidance documents to help steer workers through the phased return back to work
The Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum has issued new guidance documents to help steer workers through the phased return back to work

As Scotland’s building sector continues its recovery, the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has issued new health and safety guidance to help steer workers through the phased return.

The Forum has launched seven new pieces of open source collateral, offering in-depth industry advice on topics including face coverings, hand washing, domestic working and what to do if there is a case of COVID-19.

In addition, it has updated its comprehensive 42-page document, COVID-19 Construction Operating Guidance, which underpins the Safe Operating Guidance produced by Construction Scotland, Scottish government and the wider industry.

Rebecca Crosland, health and safety adviser at the Building Engineering Services Association, members of the Forum, said: “This new collateral is another important step in protecting both our workforce and the Scottish public as we all work together to minimise the spread of infection.

“The Forum’s Health and Safety sub-group has worked collaboratively to produce clear and practical guidance that is easy to follow and which can be used immediately by businesses of all sizes to help in their ongoing return.”

The seven new guidance documents are available to download from the Forum website and cover:

  • Advice for businesses carrying out non-essential domestic work
  • Health and safety checklist before work is carried out
  • Effective use of face coverings
  • Good hygiene and hand washing
  • A questionnaire for clients before site visits
  • What to do if someone displays symptoms of COVID-19
  • Template letter for confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In addition, the Guidance has been updated to reflect the latest developments on face coverings, physical distancing, travel and prevention of cross-contamination, with all new content clearly signposted.