The Work From Height (WAH) Regulations 2005 has set out clear parameters in terms of routine practice in working at height and on scaffolding. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that contractors are still operating in unprecedented circumstances and for some, there is still a little confusion surrounding the day-to-day compliance of working during these unprecedented times.
With this in mind, Only individuals and contractors who are competent and fully understand the risks from COVID-19 will be permitted to undertake scaffolding works on site. In keeping with the most up to date guidance and aligned with advice put out by the Scaffolding Association, here we have collated some of the important information to consider in regards to current scaffolding operations during COVID-19. You must also ensure you routinely refer to the latest Government Guidance advice on Coronavirus which can be found on the GOV website.
The purpose of a safe system for the workplace is to offer instruction, assign responsibility and to control, by a systematic sequence of actions, the manner in which the requirements for ensuring the spread of COVID-19 is reduced when working on scaffolding, it is advised that this guidance is adhered to.
Travelling to Work
It is highlighted that individuals should travel to work alone wherever possible using their own transport, a bike or via car for example. Although it’s understood, there may be situations whereby individuals have no option but to share transport, in these circumstances the following should be considered:
Hand cleaning facilities must be available so that operatives can clean hands on their way in and out, for example, a hand sanitiser station. For each shift, measures should be considered for how someone would get home should they fall ill. This will rely on prompt reporting procedures so that individuals can take themselves home with basic mild symptoms.
Site Arrival and Leaving Site
Here we list a few pointers relating to the arrival and departure of a working environment or site:
Here we list a few procedures for keeping the risk of contamination in the workplace to a minimum.
All systems and procedures shall be monitored to make sure measures remain effective, with this in mind, stocks of cleaning products such as sanitisers and wipes shall be monitored and replenished on rotation. As well as this, the cleaning of areas shall be recorded. In addition to this, the workforce shall be constantly reminded of the measures via briefings and toolbox talks. As part of this process, often a nominated person will actively monitor and review procedures and controls for effectiveness.
Additional Information Sources
As the situation is changing rapidly, and to make sure you are up to date and offering
The highest standard of health and safety and wellbeing for your employees, customers and the general public, you may also wish to refer to the following for further information:
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