Keeping staff, subcontractors and everyone on site safe has always been our number one priority, and our approach is no different with the advent of COVID-19.
Here are some examples of what we’re doing to keep everyone safe on our sites.
It all starts the moment you step onto one of our sites. We’re asking everyone to provide contact information in case they may come into contact with someone that is later diagnosed. To increase cleanliness, we’re asking everyone to use hand sanitiser and sanitising pens between use.
Appropriate PPE and masks
While face-fit masks were always compulsory for working in dusty environments, we’re now requiring everyone on site to wear a medical-grade face mask to reduce their risk of spreading or contracting the infection.
We timetable breaks for our site staff and subcontractors to ensure breaks at staggered times. This reduces the occupancy of wellbeing facilities and kitchen areas at any one time; increasing the distance that everyone’s able to keep while on site.
Where possible, we’ve reduced the number of chairs in canteen spaces and spread out tables (each with a maximum occupancy) to allow for social distancing when on breaks. Disinfectant and disposable wipes are provided on each table to allow for self-disinfecting before and after use.
To reduce bottlenecks at site entrances, we're staggering the start times of different teams. This allows site operatives to use dedicated staff entrances one-at-a-time and properly sanitise upon entering the site.
Where possible, we're also organising additional parking for cars and bicycles, so staff can use private transport to get to site.
Only essential site staff will be permitted, as we will be reducing visitor numbers to sites.
Where possible, we're increasing the amount of tools on-site; allowing staff to minimise the need to share tools and touch equipment that's been used by others. Where this isn't possible, we're reccomending for gloves to be worn when practicable and for shared tools
To help with flow around sites, where appropriate, we’re introducing one-way routes to help staff navigate and reduce close facial contact with one another.
Two metre markers
So everyone knows to keep a consistent safe distance, we’ve installed two metre distance markers around our sites, ensuring everyone knows just how far to keep away in order to stay safe.
In shared spaces, such as change rooms, we’ve marked out paths to changing facilities to ensure a two metre distance can be observed at all times.
Enhanced cleaning and sanitising
We’re also enhancing our daily cleaning measures on site with approved chemical disinfectants, along with special focus on shared areas and surfaces. We’ve also increased the amount of high-use and often shared equipment on site so we can minimise sharing between contractors.
We've also got more sanitising stations around sites so staff can sanitise when entering and leaving areas where they may not have been wearing gloves.
We all know how easy it is for muscle memory to kick in, so we’ve installed information boards around our sites to ensure everyone is continually reminded of the latest Government guidance and is able to follow our new procedures to keep them as safe as possible.
“We can work together to stop the virus and keep everyone safe and healthy.”