CICV Forum provides practical restart signage pack to help employers and workers with safe return



The Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV Forum) has welcomed further easing of restrictions for the sector in Scotland and has produced a pack of free practical signage to help with the safe return to work.

Designed for sites, depots and offices, the 20 open source documents include essential posters, checklists and factsheets for on and off-site use, outlining in comprehensive detail how to manage the restart while keeping staff safe.

The resource also features a downloadable PowerPoint Toolbox Talk which takes employers and employees through the new restrictions and workplace etiquette that must be observed.

The documents can be downloaded and printed off in A3 or A4 size, and can also be adapted for individual use, with space left for company logos and contact details to be added.

Rebecca Crosland, health and safety advisor at Forum member the Building Engineering Services Association, said: “The Forum’s Health and Safety Sub-Committee is aware that many people will be unsure about exactly what actions they need to take to ensure they are up to date with the guidance.

“This return to work pack spells out, step-by-step, the new rules and the new ways of working which everyone will have to adopt in order to get the industry back on its feet and delivering a service for its clients and the country.”

The new pack was launched after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a move to Phase 2 of its four-phase route map out of lockdown yesterday. The announcement means Scotland’s construction sector can move into Phase 3 of its own phased six-step restart plan from Monday June 22, “subject to ongoing consultation with government”.

The Forum collateral will now help with this return, with the 32-page PowerPoint designed to be used as a Toolbox Talk to share practical guidance about physical distancing, travelling to work, general hygiene, close working, PPE and eating and toilet arrangements.

Iain Mason, director of membership and communications at SELECT and chair of the Communications Sub-Group on the CICV Forum, said: “The objective of this latest initiative is to safeguard everyone in our industry and to work together to protect our wider community and families.

“The return to work pack provides a basis from which companies can establish safe working practices which will allow them to create a plan of action to get sites up and running again and bring their people back to a new era of safe operation.”

Welcoming the move to next phase of return to work, the CICV Forum insisted health and safety and collaboration must continue to be at the heart of an industry-wide approach.

Alan Wilson

Alan Wilson, chair of the CICV Forum and managing director of SELECT, said: “Moving to Phase 2 of the national route map and Phase 3 of the construction restart plan is a further positive move which we wholly welcome.

“A steady, planned return to normal in both the construction industry, and in the Scottish economy more generally, could not be more desirable, but health and safety considerations remain critical.

“Our members are well prepared to meet the challenge of the phased return with caution, ever-conscious of the importance of not rushing at it, doing things properly and following the Forum-produced guidelines which are contained in a range of industry advice about correct working practices during course of the crisis.”

The Forum – which has been working towards restart with a number of bodies, including the Construction Leadership Forum – has been the authoritative voice of Scotland’s construction industry throughout the weeks and months of the COVID-19 lockdown.

During its latest virtual meeting, held just hours after the First Minister’s announcement, 27 Forum members were joined via phone by Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for local government, housing and planning.

Mr Stewart was given a high-level briefing of the latest steps being taken by Forum members to help align its members’ work practices with the Scottish Government’s Phase 2 provisions, and also answered a series of questions about next steps.

During his call, Mr Stewart said: “I realise this has been a difficult time for us all both professionally and personally, and I’m extremely grateful for the hard work, patience and input of the CICV Forum, which has helped shape how we move forward.”

The restart information pack is the latest in a series of initiatives from the Forum, which has been at the forefront of information dissemination to the sector throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and which has become for many enterprises the first port of call for clarity of advice.

The Forum, made up of trade associations, professional services bodies, companies and individuals, stepped into the fray immediately in March with advice on how to operate safely while carrying out emergency or essential work.

It has since then been drawing on the collective expertise of its members to maintain a steady supply of information and practical advice to the sector as well as carrying out surveys, producing animations and posters, hosting webinars and making appeals to government ministers.

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