Construction Scotland updates Site Operating Guidance following Omicron emergence

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CONSTRUCTION Scotland has reviewed and made several changes to its Site Operating Guidance designed to help companies comply with new regulations following the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. A copy of the revised guidance can be found here.

The Scottish Government has updated its ‘Safer Businesses and Workplaces Guidance’¬†and amended legislation that require all businesses to take those measures that are reasonably practicable. Examples included in the Scottish Government guidance that should be considered include those which limit close face to face interaction and maintain hygiene such as: supporting working from home where practicable; putting in barriers, screens, and signage; increased cleaning; maximising good ventilation; and encouraging staff to take LFD covid tests twice weekly and before mixing with people from other households.

Ron Fraser, the chair of Construction Scotland, said, “Many in the industry will be taking a well-deserved break over the Xmas period. With the forecast rapid increase in Omicron infections, Construction Scotland would encourage all businesses, on return, to check all site arrangements for adequacy, including physical distancing, hygiene, face-covering, and ventilation measures.

“Check that the measures in place are still appropriate for the site population and the nature of the site environment. Can they be enhanced or improved in consequence of the variant? All such control measures should be re-briefed to staff and operatives, along with suppliers and other stakeholders whose attendance at site is essential.

“Return to work briefings should also include a reminder of the need to take LFD tests, of the current requirements for self-isolation and of the need not to return to site if experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid. Whilst the full impact of the Omicron variant is yet to be understood, doing everything we can right now to reduce the potential for spread of infection will place the industry in a strong place as we enter 2022.”