Date: March 2020
Nature of works: Covid-19 Management
Faced with an unprecedented epidemic and sudden Government restrictions to control the spread of Covid-19, the Soilfix Operations Team implemented a rapid response in line with continually updating guidance.
March 2020 saw unprecedented restrictions imposed by the UK Government on gathering in public places, schools and workplaces, advising people to work from home wherever possible. The Health & Safety Executive advised people only travel to work when you absolutely cannot work from home, to protect yourself, your workers and help save lives by staying at home. This presented a unique challenge to ensure that remediation operations could continue in line with updating guidance, on its remediation sites throughout the UK.
Following continual engagement with the Site management teams and workforce, Soilfix rapidly developed a robust Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Implementation Plan, with measures implemented in line with Construction Leadership Council (CIC) Site Operating Procedures, including:
• All ‘non-essential’ Soilfix staff required (and facilitated) to work from home, including Directors, Managers and administration—use of Microsoft Teams for remote meetings;
• Facilitating Site Managers, Supervisors and some Engineers to only travel to / from site Monday AM and Friday PM, by mobilising independent sleeping accommodation units;
• All operatives travelling to / from site encouraged to observe social distancing guidance;
• Strict social distancing enforced on site, staying 2 metres (6ft) apart from other people— use of 2-way radios for more ‘remote’ site communication and widening pedestrian walkways / entrances;
• Organising external break areas, ‘1-man-1-machine’ policy as much as practicable and daily awareness briefings held outside (with 2m spacing) as much as practicable;
• Stringent hygiene procedures in site welfare facilities, with full-time cleaners employed at each site to disinfect all surfaces minimum 3-times daily;
• Deployment of hand-sanitisers throughout the site welfare / entrances; and,
• Adopting a ‘1-in-1-out policy’ for site canteen, drying room and toilets—keeping all units well ventilated.
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They are more than willing to assist you in any way possible, so feel free to call them with any questions or queries you may have on 01268 502272.