Coronavirus: Construction – The rise of “SOP”
In an attempt to unite the construction industry, The Construction Leadership Council has recently issued a new publication called “Site Operating Procedures – Protecting Your Workforce” (“SOP”).
This is useful guidance and its main headline features are:
(1) Self isolation: details of when this is needed;
(2) Procedure if someone falls ill: instructions on what should happen;
(3) Travel to site: details of best practice;
(4) Site access points: guidance on who should be on site and their behaviour when there;
(5) Hand washing: guidance on the facilities that should be available;
(6) Toilet facilities: guidance on how these facilities should operate;
(7) Canteens and eating arrangements: guidance on how to access food and drink given the closure of eateries;
(8) Changing facilities, showers and drying rooms: details of best practice methods to be adopted;
(9) Avoiding close working: practical advice on how to work together; and
(10) Cleaning: guidance on best cleaning practices to be adopted.
Despite the above, the SOP makes clear that the industry must comply with government guidance at all times. Accordingly, in these unprecedented circumstances, government guidance, and ultimately the SOP, is likely to change. We will keep you updated of any developments.
You can access the full guidance by clicking here.
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