Construction employers offered free signage pack to help with restart

THE Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has produced a pack of free practical signage to help companies safely return to work.

Designed for sites, depots and offices, the 20 open source documentsinclude posters, checklists and factsheets for on and off-site use, detailing how to manage the restart while keeping staff safe.

The resource also features a downloadable PowerPoint Toolbox Talk which runs through the new restrictions and workplace etiquette that must be observed.

The documents can be downloaded and printed off in A3 or A4 size, and can also be adapted for individual use, with space left for company logos and contact details.

Rebecca Crosland, health and safety advisor at Forum member the Building Engineering Services Association said, “The Forum’s health and safety sub-committee is aware that many people will be unsure about exactly what actions they need to take to ensure they are up to date with the guidance. This return to work pack spells out, step-by-step, the new rules and the new ways of working which everyone will have to adopt in order to get the industry back on its feet and delivering a service for its clients and the country.”

The pack was launched after Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a move to Phase 2 of its four-phase route map out of lockdownon Thursday 18 June. The announcement means Scotland’s construction sector can move into Phase 3 of its own phased six-step restart planfrom Monday June 22, ‘subject to ongoing consultation with government’.

The 32-page PowerPoint shares guidance about physical distancing, travelling to work, general hygiene, close working, PPE and eating and toilet arrangements.

Iain Mason, director of membership and communications at SELECTand chair of the communications sub-group on the CICV Forum said, “The objective of this latest initiative is to safeguard everyone in our industry and to work together to protect our wider community and families. The return to work pack provides a basis from which companies can establish safe working practices which will allow them to create a plan of action to get sites up and running again and bring their people back to a new era of safe operation.”