HSE Construction eBulletin: June 2020

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Coronavirus updates and advice

Social distancing

HSE has guidelines on how businesses must maintain social distancing and protect workers.


The guidance explains what employers must do in order to protect workers and keep their businesses open.


The construction industry has come together to show how it has been interpreting and applying government guidance in responding to Covid-19 by providing practical examples of how it is safeguarding its workforce while operating sites.   


Many of the examples have been built on the Construction Leadership Council’s ‘Site Operating Procedures (v4 – published 19 May) – Protecting Your Workforce During Coronavirus (Covid-19)’ guidance and its hierarchy of controls, which can be downloaded


The Site Operating Procedures have been updated to incorporate a number of minimal but important technical changes as a result of the recently published government guidance to help employers keep their workplaces operating safely covering eight workplace settings including construction sitesother people’s homes, vehicles and in offices.


Driver access to toilet and washing facilities: a letter from Department for Transport and HSE

HSE has jointly published an open letter with the Department for Transport, to remind businesses of their obligations to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities for drivers visiting their premises.


Businesses which make or receive deliveries must ensure that drivers have easy and safe access to toilets and hand washing facilities.  This is especially important to help tackle the spread of coronavirus.


Legionella risks because of water stagnation during the outbreak

As work resumes in buildings that have been closed or had reduced occupancy during the coronavirus outbreak, water system stagnation may have occurred due to lack of use, increasing the risks of legionnaires’ disease.  


Our website has detailed guidance on managing legionella risks during the outbreak and how to protect people when the water system is reinstated or returned to use. 


More coronavirus-related updates and advice from HSE

HSE has published a range of guidance, which you may find useful. It includes information on:

Other industry news and publications

Get the latest news on future building safety regulations

The government has asked HSE to establish a new building safety regulator in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster and following recommendations in the ‘Building a Safer Future’ report by Dame Judith Hackitt.


The new regulator will oversee the safe design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings so that residents are safe and feel safe. It will be independent and give expert advice to:

  • local regulators, landlords and building owners
  • the construction and building design industry
  • residents

Subscribe to our building safety email bulletin to receive updates.



New HSE research report 

Working in confined spaces with height restrictions can introduce a risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders such as pain and disorders of the back and neck.


Report RR1152 describes research to estimate the acceptable minimum workspace height for the removal of Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB) tiles from suspended ceilings using a scaffolding platform installed below the ceiling.


Information on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is available along with HSE’s Manual Handling Assessment Charts (the MAC tool) to help users identify high-risk workplace manual handling activities.



Recent HSE enforcement activity

Company fined £1.1m after worker injured in fall from height
A relocation and refurbishment company has been fined over £1m after a worker was seriously injured when he fell from height.

Further information

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