On the 18th of May 2020, in line with the Government’s road map on reopening society, the Construction industry returned to work in Phase 1. At that time, it wasn’t recommended that the Home Renovation section should return, as most of this work takes place in homes that are occupied.

In light of this, the National Insulation Association of Ireland (NIAI) has produced a document titled ‘Retrofit Industry Guidelines for establishing best practice Covid-19 Health and Safety on-site protocols’.

This COVID-19 Health and Safety Management Guidance document aims to give practical advice and recommendations on how the Industry can implement a robust COVID-19 health and safety management system in order to reduce the risk of exposure to the lowest reasonably practicable level and to return to work safely.

To limit the potential impact of COVID-19 on employees, day to day operations, and valued customers, the COVID-19 task force has risk assessed the industries day-to-day operational practices and determined workplace hazard controls for the prevention of COVID-19. 

This document explores the following:

  • Covid-19 prevention and control measures to minimise risk to homeowners, and employees
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Travelling to and from work
  • Covid-19 Compliance Officer
  • Welfare facilities
  • Health Screening/Employee Monitoring
  • Contact tracing
  • Crew pairing system
  • Suspected case of Covid-19 in the workplace

Henry Sheahan, NIAI Chairman states ‘It is important that every member of staff read, understand and agree to abide by the advice  before returning to work and use it as part of your tool box talks and inductions.

Signing up to these declarations will give Homeowners, contractors and stakeholders the confidence in our industry’.

To download the document please visit the following link. You can download, save or print the guidance document. We ask that you share this document with all relevant stakeholders.

published:04 Jun 2020
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