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Revised Covid-19 guidance | BUILDING MAGAZINE

Revised Covid-19 guidance

Site operating procedures for the construction industry have been revised, following the third national lockdown coming into force in the UK this week.

Changes from the previous version of the site operating procedures (SOP) are however, almost undetectable.

There is an updated guidance on self-isolation and shielding and the removal of the requirement to display a QR code in the site canteens.

A spokesman for the Construction Leadership Council, which publishes the guidance, said that the previous requirements for QR codes was introduced for all restaurants and cafes, including workplace canteens, to track visitors. However, construction site visitors are tracked on entry and so never actually required a secondary check-in at lunchtime.

Build UK has also updated its flowchart on the actions to take if a worker has Covid-19, or needs to self-isolate, to reflect the latest Public Health England (PHE) guidance which requires employers to contact PHE if they identify five or more cases within 14 days.

The Builders Merchants Federation has also updated its branch operating guidelines. The 21-page document, Branch Operating Guidelines during Covid-19 Version Four, includes the instruction to shop managers to be courteous to employees. “Before staff leave, thank your teams for their efforts and compliance” it says.

Essentially, overall, the advice remains the same as before – work from home if you can, wash your hands a lot (thoroughly) and keep your distance from others.

With regards to masks. Site Operating Procedures V7 says that they are not generally needed on site. They need to be worn only when working in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and you might come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. (All three conditions must apply for masks to be required). In line with government guidance on premises providing hospitality, face coverings must be worn in canteens except when seated at a table to eat or to drink.