CICV Forum publishes new health and safety guidelines and calls for focus on hygiene


CICV Forum publishes new health and safety guidelines and calls for focus on hygiene

Rebecca Crosland

As Scotland moves towards further easing restrictions, the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV) issued more timely guidance and issued a warning, urging the industry to focus on health and safety to protect colleagues, clients and families.

The unique collaboration says the industry is “not out of the woods yet” and, with COVID-19 still a very real threat, insists that every worker has a vital role to play in continuing to maintain good hygiene.

With Scotland set to follow England with their own ‘Freedom Day’ on August 9, the Forum stressed that companies should continue to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure maximum focus on healthcare and security.

Rebecca Crosland, Chair of the Forum’s Health and Safety Group and Head of Health and Safety at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), said: “The last 15 months have been an extremely difficult time for everyone, and we have only come this way by coming together and following the rules.

“This spirit of collaboration and cooperation must now continue over the next few weeks as we prepare to ease the restrictions further, both in our professional and personal lives.

“Make no mistake – COVID-19 is still a very real threat and we’re not out of the woods yet. Vaccinations can only help a lot and it is essential that the sector continues to be careful about health and safety.

“We will still have a distance of 1 meter and companies should continue to follow the SOPs and national guidelines issued by the CICV Forum until at least August 9, when we will be among those meeting with the Scottish Government to discuss the next steps.

“Everyone in the industry has done well and played their part during the pandemic and we shouldn’t relax too soon. “

To further help, the Forum has produced a Secure Site Risk Assessment template that can be downloaded to help entrepreneurs plan safe work practices for COVID.

He also produced a Close Work Checklist to help construction professionals plan projects involving close contact under closed conditions.

Rebecca Crosland added, “These two new guidance elements will help operators perform COVID-19 risk assessments for a range of projects, including where close work is required, and will help them consider how safest for these tasks to continue.

“They also make it clear that during such activities, appropriate mitigation methods must be in place, including lateral flow testing, increased hand washing and environmental cleansing, face covering, adequate ventilation and close activity as short as possible. “

The guide follows a series of other information that is always available on the Forum website, including advice on working from home, preparing for HSE spot checks and an overview of the current professional liability insurance market.

Fiona Hodgson, CEO of SNIPEF, another prominent member of the forum, commented: “Again, we would like to do everything possible to ensure that the industry is following the correct protocols to stay safe at this critical time, and these new guidelines will help provide clarity and essential guidance.

“During the pandemic, construction rose to the challenge, protecting staff and providing the foundation for the UK economy throughout the year. However, it is vital that we continue to protect ourselves against the very real threat that remains.

“Our message is clear: workers must always respect hygiene rules and keep health and safety procedures in mind to protect themselves, their colleagues, their customers and their families. “

The CICV Forum is made up of 29 professional associations, professional service organizations and companies. Since its creation in March 2020, it has maintained a constant supply of information and practical advice to the sector as well as conducting surveys, producing animations and posters, hosting webinars and interviews with stakeholders. government ministers.

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