Guidance for domestic electricians

Last month, the Government issued a new guidance which makes specific reference to trades people working in homes.

Work carried out in homes can continue, provided that the electrician is well and has no symptoms.

No work should be carried out in any household which is self-isolating.

No work should be carried out by an electrician who has symptoms.

Once in the home you should wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser if no other facilities are available.

When working in you should remain 2 metres away from occupants unless your work is essential for their safety.

Guidance for Site & Commercial Workers

The Construction Leadership Council has published a detailed document covering all the precautions that must be taken to ensure safe working. Sites which fail to observe this set of guidance may be asked to shut down.

Self Isolation - Following Government Guidelines on self isolation. If you are at risk, live with someone who has symptoms or have symptoms yourself you should not travel to work and should self isolate. This means 14 days of a house member has symptoms and 7 days if you have developed symptoms.

Social distancing - Whenvever possible social distancing should occur. However the guidelines do state recognise that this is not always possible. They do state that if not possible to distance that workers should minimise the number and frequency of tasks that require workers to be closer together. They also suggest keeping to specific teams to reduce the chances of spreading the virus.

Travel - Wherever possible workers should travel in isolation and avoid public transport. Where this is not possible workers should always travel with the same individuals.

Driving at work - The vehicle should be regularly cleaned between use. If the vehicle has to be shared it should be used by the minimum number of people and if possible the same few individuals. Drivers should wash hands before and after using the vehicle and keep windows open if possible.

Site Access - Reduce the number of visitors and implement staggered starts and finish time to avoid congestion. Allow plenty of space (min of 2 meters) between all workers and all times and any driver should remain in their vehicle wherever possible.

Handwashing - Regular breaks for handwashing are encouraged as are extra washing facilities and hand sanitisers.

Toilet facilities - Restrict the number of people using toilet facilities at any one time. Increased cleaning and avoiding portaloos if possible.

Canteen / Rest Areas - Areas should be increased in size if possible and regularly cleaned. Workers should be encouraged to provide their own packed lunch and refillable water bottles.