Posted: 25th June
New social distancing guidelines – too early or not soon enough?
Many of us will have breathed a sigh of relief to hear Boris’s news on the opening of pubs & restaurants and more importantly for our industry, the relaxing of the two-metre distancing guidance.
That said, there are conflicting messages coming from the medical and scientific communities. We have already seen second outbreaks in high-density food markets in China and large meat processing plants in Germany. Closer to home only last week a processing plant in Yorkshire had an outbreak which may have affected over one hundred staff.
The signs across the world are clear that areas with high-density people interaction could become a future outbreak hotspot. An outbreak on a construction project will still pose a risk to both people, programme and reputation.
We think in construction, this is our time to stay firm and continue to manage our sites based on the risk they pose. In construction health & safety, we have a choice to comply with baseline guidance or to aim higher and maintain an industry ‘best practice’ approach.
Now is not the time to file the COVID-19 risk assessment, it is the time to review, update and continue to monitor.
What do you think?
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