The global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has had a devastating impact on the global economy and is posing unprecedented challenges for UK business, not least the construction sector. According to the IHS Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index, UK construction activity has declined during this pandemic at the fastest rate since the financial crisis in 2009. The construction sector contributes around 6 per cent of the UK’s total economic output, so it is vital to ensure that the sector is revived in a speedy manner.
Despite an announcement on 31 March 2020 by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, advising that construction workers who cannot work from home may continue to travel to their place of work, construction activities have been hampered during the pandemic by the need to adhere to strict social distancing measures in order to minimise the spread of coronavirus. But updated guidance has now been published by Public Health England (PHE) that sets out clear rules to facilitate the safe continuation of construction activities.
Latest PHE site operating procedures for construction
These latest operating procedures are based on guidance from PHE and are enforced by the HSE. A key requirement stipulated in the guidelines is the provision of hand cleaning facilities at multiple locations throughout construction sites (over and above the usual welfare facilities). Soap and water will not be readily available on site, but the guidelines are explicit about the provision of specific hand sanitisation facilities at key high traffic points, such as site entrances and exits, and entrances to canteens and rest areas.
So how can this be achieved?
Hygiene Hub – a pop-up solution to a substantial hygiene challenge
Time is of the essence for many construction sites that want to implement the required hygiene measures in order to be able to return to ‘business as usual’. One easy way of adhering to the sanitation requirements and, most importantly, ensuring the safety of workers, is to make pop-up hygiene facilities available throughout construction sites.
Hygiene Hub is the flagship product in Lindum’s new ‘Protect’ range – a range of products and services supporting cross-sector hygiene. Hygiene Hub is a practical and convenient hygiene solution – a stand-alone, pop-up sanitisation unit that can be set up quickly and easily across construction sites. The structure is simple and easy to assemble: a steel frame onto which any combination of a series of hygiene modules can be added, depending on requirements. Because it is a modular system, companies can select the combination of modules that suits their requirements best. These modules include:
- pump dispenser feeders (for 0.2-1.5l bottles);
- a disposable glove/tissue dispenser;
- a paper towel holder;
- a protective face mask dispenser;
- hooks for free-hanging items;
- a waste bin.
The UN states that one new infectious disease emerges in humans every four months and that “..one thing is clear: COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic”. So, even when this initial global peak of coronavirus is behind us, it is unlikely that we will ever take the same relaxed attitude to basic hygiene practices again as many of us did before March 2020. By providing hygiene facilities and making it easy for workers and site visitors to easily take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and others from infection, construction companies can resume operations, protect jobs, and help keep the economy moving.
To find out more about Hygiene Hub, visit our website or call us on 01469 574480 to discuss our new hygiene solution with a member of our team.