Relaxation of Covid restrictions sees CICV Forum release new health and safety video

THE Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has released a new video to keep workers safe as Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed.

The 90-second animation follows a series of easy-to-follow films released by the Forum throughout the pandemic, with the latest clip following its warning that the sector is ‘not out of the woods yet’.

Among advice such as continuing to maintain good hygiene, the animation reminds construction professionals to make sure they’re vaccinated, register with Test and Protect, take regular lateral flow tests and familiarise themselves with the rules around self-isolation.

While on-site, the clip also reminds them to carry out thorough risk assessments, keep work spaces ventilated, wash hands, tools and surfaces regularly, continue to observe physical distancing and wear appropriate face coverings where required.

Rebecca Crosland, chair of the Forum’s health and safety group, and head of health & safety at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), commented, “With the recent relaxation of Covid-19 rules, we are now entering a new phase where it is still vitally important to be careful both in our professional and personal lives.

“This video is designed to remind construction professionals that it’s vital not to forget the lessons learned so far, and of the practical steps they should all keep taking to protect themselves and their customers, colleagues and loved ones.

“Make no mistake – Covid-19 is still a very real threat and we can’t afford to relax yet. However, hopefully this will serve as a practical reminder to familiarise themselves with the latest government advice and continue carrying out the safe working practices that have been adopted over the past 18 months.”

The new video was developed by Iain Mason, chair of the Forum’s communications sub-group and director of membership & communication at SELECT. He said, “Since the CICV Forum began in March 2020, our animations have proved to be highly effective in delivering vial health and safety messaging, and we hope this new video will continue to get more important advice across to construction professional everywhere.

“It’s been heartening to see how people across the industry have pulled together to get us through the past 18 months, and as we enter this new phases we must ensure that we all continue with this level of cooperation and collaboration.

“This latest animation continues the Forum’s key message that we are all #InThis Together and the importance of workers taking personal responsibility to protect themselves, their colleagues and the wider community.”

Watch the new video here.