Householder Campaign Launched to Help Boost Construction Recovery Endorsed by NFRC

A CAMPAIGN to provide guidance to homeowners for when tradespeople are doing work in their homes, endorsed by the NFRC, has been launched to help boost the construction recovery.

The Work Safe. Safe Work campaign is developed by TrustMark, the only government endorsed quality scheme for tradespeople, and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The booklet gives practical advice to householders about what COVID-safety measures should be discussed and carried out before, during and after work is done in their home.

The guidance sets out the need for conversations to be had with the tradesperson and what actions they should expect tradespeople to deliver.

It provides simple and clear information on tasks that should be completed and a list of helpful questions to ask.

Simon Ayers, Chief Executive of TrustMark, said: “As the lockdown restrictions begin to ease across the country more homeowners will want work carried out in their homes. This is vital in not only the construction industry’s recovery to the coronavirus pandemic, but also the country’s recovery.

“However, we know that many people have reservations about what is expected of them and what they need to provide and do while the work is taking place to ensure it is safe. In providing clear and simple information, the Work Safe. Safe Workcampaign will inform homeowners and give them confidence in this new reality we are finding ourselves in.”

Doing work on homes safely

The eight-page booklet, which the tradesperson can give to the homeowner before they visit the property, is a three-part guide setting out what types of tasks are the responsibility of the homeowner, such as disinfecting door handles before and after the tradesperson comes into the home.

It also sets out what responsibilities lie with the tradesperson, such as providing their own PPE. It covers the time before, during and after the work has been completed. There is also a video to help further explain the guidance.

With recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showing the construction industry had its worst month (April) for output since records began, it is hoped the Work Safe. Safe Work campaign will give the consumer confidence.

National Federation of Roofing Contractors Chief Executive, James Talman said, “We are pleased to support Trustmark’s ‘Work Safe. Safe Work’ campaign backed by the CLC. As the lockdown measures are eased, it is important that homeowners and landlords are reassured that professional contractors can carry out repairs, maintenance and improvements safely in this ‘new normal’. This campaign will help to put the public’s mind at ease by providing clear and easy-to-digest guidance.”

“NFRC and CompetentRoofer contractors operate to a safe working checklist in the domestic sector and are pleased to have this reinforced by this umbrella campaign for all trades.”

“At present, most roofers are still busy finishing off jobs from before the lockdown, but future workloads are very much on their minds. I urge all homeowners who are considering having work done on their roof, or even extending into their loft for more living space, not to be put off, but to be reassured that NFRC members and CompetentRoofer contractors are working safely according to Covid-19 safe guidelines.”

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