The following policy is aimed to ensure all persons undertaking work for or on behalf of Billing Chimney and Flue Services Ltd understand the procedures that have been put in effect to enable work to be undertaken during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic to ensure a safe working environment that best protects both employees, sub-contractors, clients, other contractors or any other person from developing symptoms of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
The policy has been written following guidance provided by Public Health England, the HSE, the government and advice from the Construction Leadership Council.
In addition to confirming that employees (including sub-contractors) and members of their household do not have or have not shown any symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19) as stated in the guidance provided by Public health England, all employees (including sub-contractors) will be required to acknowledge they understand and will adhere to the following procedures for working during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. This policy and procedure will be reviewed and updated whenever further information or guidance is issued by relevant persons or authorities and this will be communicated accordingly.
The policy has been broken down into the categories listed below. Each category will outline the specific procedures put in place by billing Chimney and Flue Services Ltd to reduce risk and how the employees or sub-contractor are expected to follow and action these in the workplace:
The company requires that anyone who meets one of the following criteria should not come to work:
Has a high temperature or a new persistent cough
Procedure if Someone Falls Ill
If a worker develops a high temperature or a persistent cough while at work, they should
Procedure to return to work
If a worker is to return to work, they must read and sign the 'fit to work confirmation' stating they have none of the symptoms described above or have undertaken the relevant self-isolation periods.
Wherever possible, the company will endeavour to ensure workers travel to site alone. The company will provide both hand washing / sanitising facilities and disposable gloves and standard cleaning products for vehicles to be regularly cleaned.
The company requires from workers that:
The company will endeavour to reduce the number of people in attendance at site and in the office wherever possible.
The company will provide both hand washing / sanitising facilities and disposable gloves and standard cleaning products for regular clean of work areas and items. The company will also provide disposable hand towels and suitable and sufficient rubbish bins for regular removal and disposal of waste.
All workers will be required to adhere to the following:
The company will provide all personal protective equipment for each individual worker.
The following multiple use PPE has / will be provided to each employee:
It is the responsibility of each worker to clean and maintain this PPE daily. If PPE becomes defective, damaged or unfit for use, this must be reported immediately to either the manager or the directors so it can be immediately replaced by the company.
In the event where the works dictate it is not possible to maintain the social distancing recommendation of 2m, or workers are required to enter an inhabited property, disposable PPE will be provided by the company. This will include:
All the above PPE items are to be used for single use only and must be safely disposed of at the end of each day. The company will keep a stock of each item and the worker must inform the company if replacement is needed before the start of each working day.
If workers require any additional PPE not listed, this will be provided.
In addition to the procedures and control measures detailed above, prior to attendance on each site or domestic works, the company will undertake a detailed risk assessment and method statement to identify any potential risks or further control measures that may be required and have not been covered by the policy above relating to the risk posed by Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Each worker will be given a copy of both the specific risk assessment and method statement and will be required to sign to say they have read and understood the identification of the risks and control measures put in place. If on attending site any worker has concerns or notices further hazards that were not identified, these are to be communicated to the manager or directors immediately. No works shall occur until appropriate control measures have been put in place.
In addition to the procedures and control measures described above, it should be expected that the main contractor will provide a site induction on the specific procedures and control measures in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and all workers will be expected to follow these procedures in addition to the ones set out by Billing Chimney and Flue Services Ltd.
If a worker has any concerns whilst on site, these should be reported immediately to the site foreman or by following the specified procedure described during the site induction. If any worker is unsure as to the line of communication to follow, they must call Billing Chimney and Flue Services Ltd immediately and cease works until the concern has been addressed and resolved.
For works to occur in the domestic setting, additional procedures and control measures are to be followed.
Billing chimney and Flue Services Ltd will ensure that any works being undertaken in a domestic setting are essential works only.
Billing chimney and Flue Services Ltd will endeavour to ensure that any works being undertaken in a domestic setting will occur only while the property is not inhabited and is vacant. The client will also be provided with both the risk assessment and method statement for the works and a copy of this policy will be made available to them.
If the event that essential works are required in an inhabited property, Billing Chimney and Flue Services Ltd will put into place the following:
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