THE CONSUTRUCTION LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (CLC) has updated its guidance on the use of face coverings in construction to help provide a consistent approach across the industry.
The updated guidance follows the use of face coverings being made legally required by government in shops, on public transport and in taxis.
The new variant of the Covid 19 coronavirus, named omicron, is thought to be more easily and rapidly transmitted between people. Early estimates of its spread in South Africa is that the number of omicron cases doubles every 3-4 days.
The government already advises that face coverings should be worn in crowded and enclosed indoor places where people come into contact with others they don’t normally meet.
The CLC guidance says that as part of their risk assessment, employers should consider whether to ask workers to wear a face covering. Workers may also choose to wear a face covering where it is not legally required and should be supported to do so.
The use of face coverings and/or PPE is not required in response to coronavirus whilst carrying out construction activities. Government guidance on Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Construction and other outdoor work states: Do not encourage the precautionary use of PPE to protect against COVID-19 unless in a clinical setting or responding to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
CLC Face Covering Guidance
Where workers on site are not required to wear Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and their workplace is crowded and enclosed (which may include welfare and changing facilities, site offices, site meeting rooms or site transport) and they come into contact with others they do not normally meet, their employer should make face coverings available and they should be worn.
In line with Government guidance on hospitality settings, face coverings are not legally required to be worn in canteens.
The CLC guidance is based on government requirements in England. Other restrictions and advice may apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.