Construction health and safety update – COVID-19 site controls
The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has updated their guidance on the use of face coverings on construction sites in response to Plan B and the risks posed by the Omicron variant.
As I am sure you are aware, face coverings are required by law in some public indoor settings such as shops and cinemas. However, until recently there has been no further guidance provided on what this means for construction sites.
The latest CLC guidance note aims to address this by providing a consistent approach across the industry. Where workers on site are not required to wear Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and their workplace is crowded and enclosed (which may include welfare and changing facilities, site offices, site meeting rooms or site transport) and they come into contact with others they do not normally meet, their employer should make face coverings available and they should be worn. In line with Government guidance on hospitality venues, face coverings are not legally required to be worn in canteens.
The CLC Standard Operating Procedure Version 7 remains in place as a reference document for COVID-19 controls on construction sites. One of our Lead Health and Safety Consultants, Lindsey, wrote a great summary of this earlier in the year. Check it out for a refresher on COVID-19 construction health and safety controls.