ALL OPERATIVES MUST READ, UNDERSTAND AND SIGN TO ACKNOWLEDGE THIS
COVID-19 AMENDMENT IN ADDITION TO THE CURRENT METHOD STATEMENT BEFORE STARTING WORKS.
The measures necessary to minimise the risk of spread of infection rely on everyone in the industry taking responsibility for their actions and behaviours. Please encourage an open and collaborative approach between workers and employers on site where any issues can be openly discussed and addressed.
Method Statement COVID-19 Amendment Remobilisation of the workforce during COVID-19 social distancing measures
• Those presenting symptoms
• Those who fall ill at work
• Those are deemed a vulnerable person under government guidelines
• Those who should be in isolation in accordance with government guidelines
• Travelling to work
• Contamination at site access points
• Contamination in toilet facilities
• Contamination in canteens
• Contamination in other communal areas (smoking facilities, offices, meeting rooms)
• Shared materials, tools and working area
• Operatives working within the same area/close proximity working
Anyone who meets one of the following criteria should not come to
• Has a high temperature or a new persistent cough – follow the guidance on self isolation.
• Is outlined as a vulnerable person (by virtue of their age, underlying health condition,
clinical condition or are pregnant)
• Is living with someone in self-isolation or a vulnerable person.
3-If Someone Falls ill at Work
If a worker develops a high temperature or a persistent cough while at
work, they should:
• Return home immediately
• Avoid touching anything
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue and put it in a bin, or if they do not have tissues, cough
and sneeze into the crook of their elbow.
• They must then follow the guidance on self-isolation and not return to work until
their period of self-isolation has been completed.
4-Travel to and from Work
To avoid the spread of COVID-19 operatives should do the following:
• Travel to work in their own vehicle alone or with someone who lives in the same
• DO NOT TRAVEL TO WORK ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT
• Try and find other methods of getting themselves to work alone e.g. Bicycle or Walk
• Where travelling to work together is unavoidable the following precautions must be
put in place:
o Travel to work should be shared with the same individuals and with the
minimum number of people at any one time
o Keep windows open to ensure the vehicle is well ventilated
o Face away from other people in the vehicle to help reduce the risk of
o The vehicle should be cleaned regularly using gloves and standard cleaning
products, with particular emphasis on handles and other areas where
passengers may touch surfaces
o Wash their hands for 20 seconds using soap and water or hand sanitiser if
soap and water are not available before entering and after getting out of the
5-Site Access Points
• Stop all non-essential visitors
• Introduce staggered start and finish times to reduce congestion and contact at all
• Monitor site access points to enable social distancing
• Do not use entry systems that require skin contact e.g. fingerprint scanners (Enquire
about alternative methods with Site Manager.)
• Require all workers to wash or clean their hands before entering or leaving the site
• Allow plenty of space (two metres) between people waiting to enter site
• Reduce the number of people in attendance at site inductions and consider holding
them outdoors wherever possible.
Drivers should remain in their vehicles if the load will allow it and must wash or clean
their hands before unloading goods and materials
• Restrict the number of people using the toilet facilities to 1 at a
• Wash hands before and after using the facilities
• Ensure all rubbish is put in bins provided
• If there is lack of soap or paper towels/ working hand dryers, please speak to site
supervisor immediately for them to rectify the issue. (DO NOT EXPECT SOMEONE
ELSE TO SAY SOMETHING)
7-Canteens and Eating Arrangements
With cafés and restaurants having been closed across the UK, canteens
cannot operate as
• The use of the canteen is not advised; however, on some sites this may be
unavoidable and social distancing rules must be adhered to at all times.
• Operatives must stay on site once there and not use local shops. (this will mean you
will need to bring your own packed lunch to site)
• Operatives must clean hands before and after eating lunch
• All rubbish should be put straight in the bin by yourself and not left for others to
8-Contamination in other communal areas
(smoking facilities, offices, meeting rooms, etc.)
• Operatives must keep two metres from anyone else at all times
• Operatives must not congregate in groups (more than two people)
• Government social distancing guidelines to be adhered to at all times
• No meetings onsite at all*, please use email, text, phone call of WhatsApp
• No more than two operatives at any one time in the smoking areas. If you see people
in there do not join them. Ask when they will be done and come back when there is
no one else there
• No group inductions**
• DO NOT go into the site office. If you need something call the site manager and
arrange for them to meet you in a safe place outside
• All permits to be completed in an open space
*If the site agent calls a meeting please ensure it is in an open space and you are two metres from
** The only exception is the first remobilisation induction where these RAMS will be read,
understood and signed. Strict Social distancing guidelines MUST be adhered to.
9-Shared Materials, Tools and Working Areas
• Operatives must not share tools with anyone else
• Operatives must avoid contact where possible with materials handled by another
• Reusable PPE must be thoroughly cleaned after use and not shared between workers
• Stairs MUST be used in preference of lifts
10-Planning Work to Avoid Close Working
• Plan all work to minimise contact between workers
• Operatives passing on walkways and interaction during distribution of materials must
be kept to a minimum
. When a labourer is filling spot boards bricklayers must each go to a
corner of the scaffold so as not to be in 2 metres of him and return when safe to do so.
• Non-essential physical work that requires close contact between workers should not
be carried out
• Wherever possible Work Together in small teams e.g. (do not change workers within
teams and keep teams separate from each other)
• Work requiring skin to skin contact should not be carried out
• Operatives should work side by side or facing away from each other, rather than face
• Minimise the number of workers involved in tasks that cannot be performed under
social distancing rules (2 metres)
o These operatives should be split into small teams
o These teams must remain the same where possible
o These teams should stay away from other workers
• When performing duties where it is required for two persons be in close proximity
(e.g. performing a two-person lift) correct PPE MUST be worn.
o Face mask
o Long sleeves
After the work is complete all operatives MUST thoroughly wash their hands..
11-First Aid and Emergency Service Response
The primary responsibility is to preserve life and first aid should be
administered if required
and until the emergency services attend.
• When planning site activities, the provision of adequate first aid resources must be
agreed between the relevant parties on site and the following points should be
o Emergency plans including contact details should be kept up to date
o Consideration must also be given to potential delays in emergency services
response, due to the current pressure on resources
o Consider preventing or rescheduling high-risk work or providing additional
competent first aid or trauma resources.
12-When Leaving Work
• Operatives should change out of their work clothes
• Put their work clothes in a black bag and wash them as soon as they return home
• Avoid anyone else coming into contact with anything you have used on site during
This COVID-19 Amendment – All sites has been added to the Method Statement is part of a safe
system of work and has been distributed to all S Hingley operatives.
All operatives have read (or had explained to them) the Method Statement and the Risk Assessments and any
Amendments relevant to the works. They have confirmed via email that they have read, understood and signed
to acknowledge they will work in accordance with the safety instructions.
Operatives will report any unsafe situation or event to their S Hingley Supervisor immediately.
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