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Association News: Industry News

Important COVID-19 Updates

12 May 2020  
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Dear members,

 

With workers across England returning to sites, the government are urging managers to follow safety guidelines to ensure that staff and sites can return to their workplaces without risk. 

After the Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday evening, site operators and those in the construction industry who are unable to work from home, have been permitted to return to their respective offices and sites. This is part of the latest phase in the government's Plan to Rebuild.

 

The Chancellor announced today (Tuesday 12 May), that the government will be extending the COVID-19 Furlough Scheme until October

This advice only applies to England at this time, and we will continue to try and keep you updated when we have more information. 

 

Working Safely During COVID-19


The government has created specific guidance procedures for instances as they relate to returning to work and ensuring best practice towards health and safety. These guidance procedures cover details for:

  • construction and other outdoor work
  • factories, plants and warehouses
  • labs and research facilities
  • offices and contact centres
  • other people's homes; and
  • vehicles.

Please familiarise yourself with the guidance measures as they pertain to you and your colleagues. To links to all relevant fields, please see:

Government Advised Safety Procedures

 


 
Risk of Legionnaires' Disease

 
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have warned against the increased risk of contracting Legionnaires' Disease during this time, as stagnant water may become infected with the Legionella bacteria. 


Please read through the steps of safeguarding against contamination, signs and symptoms of infections, and the duties of employers and landlords.

Safeguarding Against Legionnaires' Disease



 

We would like to remind all members, that returning to the work place is only advised if work cannot be completed at home, and that managers and staff put their safety, and the safety of their family at the top of their list when making any decisions.

 

Kind regards,



Dr Gavin Dunn
BSc MSc PhD FCABE
Chartered Building Engineer
Chief Executive