Commercial Building Site - Newbuild or Large Refurbishment
This scenario considers a newbuild or large refurbishment on a commercial
It may seem to be a relatively simple task to attempt to instruct builders
to maintain social distancing during their normal working practices.
However, some trades may find it impossible to maintain the distance
through the practical needs of their work, and so face masks may be
necessary. If face masks are necessary then it is questionable whether it
is practicable to wear a mask to FFP2 or 3 while carrying out a physically
strenuous task. Remember PPE is not there to create a problem.
Workers will need to travel to the worksite. Unless site staff are from the
same household they should travel in separate vehicles. This may have both
an environmental impact and create the need for more site parking.
A typical scaffold is less than 1.2m wide, it is therefore not possible for
two site workers to pass without infringing the 2m social distancing
measure. This is not a major issue, as it is likely to be outside and both
operatives should be able to face away from each other.
A major consideration on building sites is that the rest and welfare areas
are not usually designed for any form of distancing. Social distancing may
be factored into this if use of the rest areas is staggered to reduce the
number of workers using them at any one time. Given the nature of the
construction industry this may prove difficult to manage practically.
The cleaning of the kitchen/rest area is the same as offices. The
kitchen/rest rooms will need to be cleaned/disinfected regularly. This will
need to be specifically organised probably by the site manager and carried
out by either a member of staff or a cleaner. It is probably unrealistic to
have a cleaner on site the whole time, so a member of staff or several
members of staff will need to be delegated the task. This opens up the
question of whether people on the cleaning rota are putting themselves at
risk and this should be manageable by use of suitable PPE.