Continue to review existing project and site management plans (Construction Phase, Fire Safety, Water Damage, Traffic, Waste and Security for example), in addition to your own method statements and risk assessments (whether you are a principal contractor or subcontractor), to ensure that they are relevant to the operation of the site / your activities, and that you are taking all the appropriate measures to ensure a safe working environment.
Where site operations and control measures require change, plans should be updated, with new method statements and risk assessments completed and the results and consequent actions formally shared with your own employees (including any temporary and agency personnel), subcontractors, essential visitors, and where appropriate, your client.
Include fire, water damage, security, and Covid-19 specific precautions in your review, implementing changes and / or enhancements where necessary to maintain an appropriate level of protection. Specific considerations may include:
- the scope of fire and intruder alarm detection, CCTV coverage and guarding provision
- opening / closing procedures
- suitability, condition and maintenance of temporary water supplies
- provision of adequate and suitable welfare facilities, including areas for safely changing, storing and drying clothing and personal protective equipment
- arrangements for social / physical distancing, for example via:
- work planning to avoid close working
- managing breaks and welfare provision / use
- use of vehicles and plant / machinery / equipment
- restricting visitor access
- careful management of site meetings and training delivery
- improved signage
- physical barriers (if considered appropriate)
- personal protective equipment provision and use
Think about any other associated impacts of COVID-19, for example:
- Do you or your appointed subcontractors have employees out of the business or the potential for increased absenteeism that could leave you with skills and operational gaps? Do contingency plans address this issue?
- Is there a need to upskill existing employees or increase the pool of subcontractors or suppliers you use? If so, what arrangements are in place to assess competency and ensure that all involved understand their responsibilities.
- Are all employees and operatives aware of method statements / safe systems of work and control measures identified through risk assessments for the tasks they are being asked to complete / or could be asked to complete?
- Are arrangements for supervision adequate?
- Is lone or isolated working accommodated? If it is, has an appropriate Policy, risk assessments and safe systems of work been implemented, communicated and tested? Are arrangements in place for regular review? Further support can be found on our lone and mobile workers page.