As the UK and Scottish Governments continue to put additional measures in place to delay the spread of COVID-19. We have summarised below some of the key points to bear in mind regarding your health and safety and the steps we have taken.
This safe working arrangement has been written and developed to help all employees work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The document identifies the key areas of responsibilities, risk control and guidance to manage the risk locally and has been written in accordance with the Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland Guidance. The arrangement also highlights the need to ensure everyone is informed and understand our control measures arising from the relevant COVID-19 risk assessments. To assist with this we have developed 4 toolbox talks centred around Physical Distancing/ Handwashing and Hygiene/ Cleaning/ Monitoring symptoms, and these are listed below.
Toolbox Talk Covid-19
Construction Office Based
COVID-19 Generic Risk Assessment
We are utilising our generic risk assessment process and have undertaken an evaluation of the activities we are engaged in and assessed the risks posed by COVID-19 both in terms of the generic risks which will be relevant to all operations and those which are more specific to parts of our business and services. Appropriate control measures arising from these risk assessments have been introduced and will be strictly adhered to and monitored by management.
Existing Risk Assessments
Existing risk assessments remain valid and current however if there is reason to suspect they are no longer valid or there has been a significant change in the matters to which they relate or they are impacted by COVID-19 they will be reviewed, revised and communicated as necessary.
Personal Protective Equipment
If the assessment identifies that PPE is an appropriate control measure, appropriate PPE will be provided.
The law and Tayside Contracts’ position is clear that if it is not possible to do the work safely then the work should not be carried out.
We continue to regard this as a rapidly evolving situation and therefore we are utilising our COVID-19 Generic Risk Assessments to inform our existing risk assessments with additional and agreed control measures. These will be monitored by managers to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees.
Risk Assessment Documentation: