Version 3 of the industry’s site operating procedures allows closer than 2m working in special circumstances that are essential to project delivery.
The new Construction Leadership Council guidance recommends that where close working cannot be avoided its should be limited to less than 15 minutes and workers should be side by side rather than face to face.
The use of respiratory protective equipment should be used as a last resort in the hierarchy of mitigation measures.
More detailed guidance is now available for those who have no option but to share transport to work.
Contractors are told to put in place effective arrangements for monitoring and reviewing their compliance with the HSE now confirmed as the enforcing authority.
The latest update to SOP follows Public Health England guidance for construction sites. This states: “where it is not possible to follow the social distancing guidelines in full in relation to a particular activity, you should consider whether that activity needs to continue for the site to continue to operate, and, if so, take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission”.
Hierarchy of Controls
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