These are some preventive measures against the coronavirus that should be taken into account in construction works

Fundación Laboral de la Construcción has set up a space on its website LineaPrevencion.com with useful information about the Covid-19.

Despite the state of alarm declared in our country as a result of the health crisis caused by the coronavirus or Covid-19, the government has not ordered a halt to construction work. “The alarm decree does not include the halt of the works. In any case, the contracting company must follow the recommendations of the Health Department, as in all the works, to guarantee the health of the workers”, they point out from the portfolio directed by the Minister of Public Works of Spain, José Luis Ábalos, in El Confidencial.

While activity in the sector continues, Fundación Laboral de la Construcción recommends a number of preventive measures against the coronavirus, which should be taken on construction sites and which are aimed at both workers and employers in the sector.

For workers: take extreme cleaning precautions

In this way, the entity recommends that workers in the sector measure the temperature before going to work and, if it is over 38 degrees, inform their direct supervisor. Once on site, it is advisable to take extreme precautions when cleaning tools and machinery, especially if they are used by several people.

Likewise, employees must avoid touching their faces, even with gloves on, avoid sharing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and keep clean toilets and common areas.

For entrepreneurs: organize access to the site in a staggered manner

For companies, the entity recommends organizing access to the building site and to the canteens in a staggered manner, to avoid crowding and to ensure the safety distance. It also advises to avoid the gathering of employees by distributing the work in the sites, to reduce the trips of the workers and to limit the face-to-face work meetings.

In addition, in terms of management, it is recommended to inform employees of existing risks and preventive measures, to reinforce the conditions for cleaning toilets and common areas, to have thermometers on site so that workers can take their temperature and to maintain individual water distribution systems on site.

In general, Fundación Laboral reminds employees to wash their hands with soap and water for between 40 and 60 seconds; not to share cutlery, glasses, bottles or drinks during lunch; to avoid talking directly to colleagues; or to cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing.

Línea Prevención has provided a space with useful information about the coronavirus

These preventive measures are included in several infographics, which can be downloaded in the space that the entity has enabled in its portal LineaPrevencion.com, with useful information on the coronavirus. In addition to these infographics you can find other information resources on basic protective measures against coronavirus or how to wash your hands properly.

This space also contains various resources of interest to workers and companies in the sector, such as the latest decrees approved by the Government, as well as recommendations and preventive measures drawn up by other bodies in the sector, such as the Higher Council of the Colleges of Architects of Spain, or the General Council of Technical Architecture of Spain, among others.

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