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Coronavirus:  Health & Safety Latest

Updated 1st May 2020

Construction sector – laying the foundations for a safe return to work

With the announcement that two of the UKs major housebuilders will be reopening sites in the coming weeks, many other organisations are now beginning to explore the ways in which they can adapt to overcome the operational challenges they face as a result of the Covid-19 situation and return to work.

Organisations wishing to reopen their businesses will no doubt need to consider the long-term practical implications of the risks posed by Covid-19 in ensuring that they meet their duties under Health and Safety law. In many cases new and in-depth operating procedures will need to be developed in compliance with strict social distancing requirements to ensure workers are kept safe.

With careful risk assessment, planning and management businesses will be able to successfully navigate through this crisis, allowing them to return to work, and even thrive in these challenging times.

You can find industry specific advice issued by the government in relation to protecting  your workforce and customers from coronavirus risks while still continuing to trade here.

Additional specific construction industry guidance issued by the Construction Leadership Council can also be found here. 

Need more help? Contact your Health & Safety Consultant who is on hand to provide you with tailored health and safety advice to help get you back up and running.

Training Certification Extension Arrangements

Further to the HSE guidance on arrangements for extension of First Aid qualification validity in some circumstances during the coronavirus outbreak, a number of professional skills certification bodies have published their arrangements for extension of expired certificates where access to re-training is currently not possible.

PASMA, the prefabricated access suppliers and manufacturers association, have announced that a 90 day extension of expired PASMA cards can be arranged by scheduling attendance at a future training course and completing the online theory section of the course in advance. If your employees have expired or expiring PASMA qualifications visit https://pasma.co.uk/news-detail/?id=58 for information on how to ensure continued validity of their certification.

IPAF, the International Powered Access Federation, will not endorse the use and operation of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms by any individual who has not passed a practical assessment, however in the current situation they accept that some individuals may not be able to arrange renewal of expiring qualifications. IPAF have announced arrangements for extension of the grace period for PAL card renewals to 90 days, and provided interim online training options to support this.