Coronavirus guidance for the construction sector

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published industry-specific coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the construction sector as Scotland moves into the first stage of lockdown easing.

At this stage, the construction sector can implement the first two phases in its restart plan (planning and pre-start site preparations). It can continue to 'phase 2' (soft re-start) only after the government confirms that it is safe to do so according to public health advice.

The guidance is part of a series of documents on working safely in different types of workplaces. It emphasises that:

  • it is essential employers carry out (and regularly review) a COVID-19 risk assessment in collaboration with union health and safety representatives
  • workforces must continue to adhere to existing physical distancing guidelines

It also outlines the difference between essential and non-essential projects.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Anyone who works in the construction sector in Scotland.

How long does this take?

You can read the guidance at your own pace.

Important information

This guidance was published on 6 April 2020 and extends until further notice.

Publication of this guidance does not signal a change in Scotland’s lockdown policy, except where otherwise indicated.

It is essential that employers carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment. These should be developed together with union health and safety representatives. For workplaces, without union representation, union health and safety representatives will be available upon request to support the development of workplace risk assessments.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information.

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