The Site Operating Procedures have been updated by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) to reflect the latest Government guidance following the easing of lockdown measures in England from Saturday 4 July. The ‘one metre plus’ social distancing guidelines require workers to stay two metres apart, or one metre with risk mitigation where two metres is not viable, and it is expected that sites will maintain the social distancing measures in place.
Other changes to the Site Operating Procedures – Version 5 are minimal and include:
Updates to the ‘When to Travel to Work’ section
The latest peak times for public transport
Entry systems to be regularly cleaned rather than between each use
Drivers to have access to welfare facilities
Canteens that have been closed or offered a restricted service may now re-open.
What do we mean by ‘construction and other outdoor work’?
Working outdoors includes many people in construction,energy and utilities, farming and agriculture (including seasonal labour), forestry,waste management, other infrastructure, railway services and street and highway services
This document sets out guidance on how to work safely. It gives practical considerations of how this can be applied in the workplace.
Each business will need to translate this into the specific actions it needs to take, depending on the nature of their business,including the size and type of business, how it is organised, operated, managed and regulated.
This guidance does not supersede any legal obligations relating to health and safety, employment or equalities and it is important that as a business or an employer you continue to comply with your existing obligations, including those relating to individuals with protected characteristics. It contains non-statutory guidance to take into account when complying with these existing obligations. When considering how to apply this guidance, take into account agency workers, contractors and other people, as well as your employees.
To help you decide which actions to take, you need to carryout an appropriate COVID-19 risk assessment, just as you would for other health and safety related hazards. This risk assessment must be done in consultation with unions or workers