COVID-19 Site Operating Procedures
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COVID-19 Site Operating Procedures

WORKING SAFELY UNDER COVID-19 SECURE GUIDELINES

The UK government have made clear that in England and Wales, you are permitted to have work done on your home during the Covid-19 pandemic, as long as the contractor follows the relevant safe working practices such as social distancing and washing their hands regularly. See ‘working safely during coronavirus’ on GOV.UK for more details.

We want to reassure you that all CompetentRoofer contractors have received the below checklist of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ when working in and around people’s homes. You can also download and print a copy of the CompetentRoofer COVID-19 Secure Guidelines so you are familiar with the procedures our contractors should be working to.

Our inspectors have also been briefed and will ensure CompetentRoofer contractors are abiding by the rules.

If you believe a CompetentRoofer contractor isn’t following this guidance, the please let us know by using our complaints form.

Before Starting Work

DO

  • Before setting off, check whether anyone in the house is self-isolating
  • Explain to your customer how you plan to work safely
  • If discussing works face-to-face, keep 2 m distance and do this outside if possible
  • Go through the Government “Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020” checklist

DON’T

  • DON’T start work if someone is self-isolating

Planning Your Journey

DO

  • Avoid public transport if possible
  • Check if there is enough parking for multiple vehicles
  • Ensure, you and your team clean hands with hand sanitiser before getting into any vehicle
  • Make sure that, if workers are sharing a vehicle for more than one journey, then these are with
    the same person
  • Open the windows when travelling
  • Make sure you and your team wash your hands for 20 seconds with hand sanitiser before exiting your vehicle

DON’T

  • DON’T use public transport unless absolutely necessary

Toilet Facilities

DO

  • Agree a suitable and safe process with the customer, if using their toilet
  • Provide your own soap and towels
  • Consider whether you need a portable toilet. If so:
    • Check you have permission to place it on site
    • Make sure your portable toilet is cleaned and emptied regularly
  • Ensure you can adequately wash or sanitise your hands before and after using the toilet
  • Check whether you need to provide rubbish bins for hand towels and sanitiser bottles

DON’T

  • DON’T assume you can use the toilet facilities at the location. Ask!

Lunch and Tea Breaks

DO

  • Prepare by taking your own food and drink to work
  • Eat in the open air if the weather allows it
  • Clean hands before and after eating
  • Clear all surfaces and controls that have been touched, if eating in vehicle, before leaving
  • Clear away food wast

DON’T

  • DON’T use local shops unless you must
  • DON’T take breaks inside the house
  • DON’T put food waste in skips

During The Day

DO

  • Ensure all workers maintain two metres distance as much as you can
  • Re-arrange jobs to enable them to be done by one person at a time, if possible
  • Minimise the frequency and time workers are within two metre of each other and ensure correct PPE is used, if this is not possible then rearrange tasks
  • Encourage workers to work side-by-side, or face away from each other, rather than face-to-face
  • Reduce the number of workers involved
  • Avoid skin-to-skin and face-to-face contact
  • Clean common touch points (tools, equipment, materials, scaffolding, and ladders etc) regularly
  • Ensure there is enough ventilation when working in lofts
  • Use a gin wheel pully or electric hoist to avoid workers coming into contact
  • Encourage workers to regularly wash or sanitise their hands before or after using equipment
  • Review how workers and materials get to site.
  • Think about whether you need an internal stair, or whether you need to agree a suitable safe process with your customer
  • Clean all PPE thoroughly after use

DON’T

  • DON’T share PPE between workers

Use our Contractor Search facility to find a CompetentRoofer Registered Contractor who you can be confident is working to COVID-19 Secure guidelines.