New site operating procedures published yesterday

The Construction Leadership Council's official guidance on how construction sites should be managed in the current environment - the  Site Operating Procedures- were reissued yesterday with some important updates:

  • Confirmation that the HSE is the enforcing authority for PHE guidelines

  • The need for sites to monitor the implementation of the procedures

  • Further details on who should not travel to work

  • Guidance for those who have no option but to share transport to work

  • Information on the hierarchy of controls which should be implemented to reduce the risk of transmission where social distancing of 2m cannot be achieved

  • Information on first aid and emergency service response.

Read Version 3 of the CLC's official Site Operating Procedures here.

The GAI is currently preparing guidance for the architectural ironmongery sector that interprets these Site Operating Procedures and related advice from Public Health England for the situations that are most relevant to you. Look out for this in a future email bulletin.

Making a claim for furloughed workers

In case you missed the news last week, HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed that its portal to accept applications under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme should be open next week - possibly as early as Monday. This portal is where employers can make a claim for up to 80% of the employment costs for furloughed workers. HMRC also increased the scope for eligibility and provided a lot more detail about how to prepare for making a claim - see the updated guidance here. There is also a recorded webinar, 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme', available on HMRC’s YouTube channel.