Sector-specific guidance on social distancing in the workplace

On 7th April, a report released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy gave extra guidance for those working in various key sectors. 

The advice has been tailored to help people understand how social distancing measures might be implemented so people can keep working safely, whilst protecting themselves from coronavirus. 

Sector-specific guidance on social distancing in the workplace

We’ve outlined the guidance that has set for England specifically for tradespeople working in people’s homes, as well as construction and logistics professionals.

Be sure to read the advice set by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government if you live or work in those areas. 


You can find further guidance for other sectors here:

 

Tradespeople and working in people’s homes

The advice from the government is that if you’re a tradesperson and you need to carry out essential repairs or maintenance to somebody’s home, you can continue work. 

You should

  • Let your customer know before you go to their house
  • Wash your hands as soon as you arrive for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Regularly wash your hands, especially if you blow your nose, cough or sneeze
  • Always carry hand sanitiser with you and use it when soap and water aren’t available
  • Maintain a safe distance of at least 2m from household occupants
  • Make sure there is good ventilation where you’re working

You should not

  • Carry out any work if any person is isolating unless the work you’re doing is to fix an issue which could put the homes’ occupants at risk
  • Carry out any work if you have shown any symptoms of COVID-19

Construction

The construction sector is vital to the UK economy and the government is happy for it to continue, so long as the social distancing guidelines are met. 

In some circumstances, it isn’t possible to follow the social distancing rules. In those cases, you can still carry out the activity, but only if it’s absolutely necessary in order for work to continue on-site.

If you decide to continue working and can't follow the social distancing guidelines, you should take every step possible to minimise the risk of transmitting the virus. 

You should

  • Make sure that you wash your hands regularly, especially after blowing your nose, sneezing, coughing, eating and using public transport
  • Always carry hand sanitiser with you and use it when soap and water aren’t available
  • Maintain a safe distance of at least 2m from other operatives
  • Minimise contact between operatives where possible
  • Keep groups of operatives together wherever possible – e.g. Keeping a crew together rather than mixing them on different shifts.
  • Wash your hands before using any enclosed machinery like diggers or cranes and do it again every time you get out
  • Keep any windows of machinery or in enclosed spaces open where possible to maximise ventilation
  • Try to avoid touching your face at all times
  • Try to use stairs instead of lifts or hoists where possible
  • Regularly clean points of contact like door handles or buttons

You should not

  • Carry out any work if you have shown any symptoms of COVID-19

More detailed guidance on this is available on the Construction Leadership Council website

Logistics Businesses

Logistics businesses play a vital role in moving goods around the country. It's particularly important whilst the nation is under lockdown. 

So far, the government guidance is that these businesses can continue to operate, so long as social distancing guidelines are followed.

There are instances when it isn’t possible to follow the social distancing rules. If you think the task is absolutely necessary for your business to continue to operate, you are allowed to do so.

If this is the case, you should

  • Work side by side or face away from each other at times when keeping 2m apart isn’t possible
  • Only go into work if you are well and showing no symptoms 
  • Only go into work if nobody in your house is self-isolating
  • Use signage and floor markings in warehouses to clearly encourage a 2m distance between operatives
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds

You should not

  • Go to work if you have shown any symptoms of COVID-19

 

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