20 Apr Construction pandemic SOP
CIF issues Pandemic Standard Operating Procedures
15 April 2020
The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has published Construction Sector C-19 Pandemic Standard Operating Procedures which serves as a guide for the management of COVID-19 on a construction site for the duration of the pandemic. This guidance is intended for use by construction organisations to prepare to operate in the construction industry when the current restrictions are relaxed.
The CIF stresses that this document needs to be used in a few very specific ways to ensure employers, employees and clients collaborate productively in adopting new COVID-19 health guidelines such as social distancing. This point is critical because, as the CIF states, if work cannot be carried out under these new circumstances, then work shouldn’t take place.
The standard operating procedures (SOP) is a comprehensive document covering social distancing on construction sites, travel to and from work, hygiene, communal and welfare areas, health and safety documentation, management of deliveries and meetings and more. The CIF recommends that this document should be used by organisations to review their health and safety plans.
This guidance in this document is further supported by a compulsory online induction module which must be undertaken by all employees returning to work.
The CIF intends to use this document, and the complementary online module, to support its efforts to convince government that the construction industry can comply with new safety guidelines and to expedite its aims to get the construction industry up and running again as soon as possible.
For further information and to download Construction Sector C-19 Pandemic Standard Operating Procedures visit: cif.ie/2020/04/15/new-operating-procedures/