5 steps to consider whilst working as an electrical installer during COVID-19

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As engineering and construction services start returning to the site and independent electrical contractors get to grips with the practicalities of building their businesses back up, we’ve put together some useful links on where to get the right advice so you can work safely.    

Here at Haverland we’re right on hand too for product and technical support.  And we can also help you put a little bit of extra money back in your pocket too. For every Haverland radiator you buy, we’ll give you extra cash to spend anywhere you like, on what you like.  Just sign up to the Haverland League and start earning!  

Don’t forget – if you are already a member, you can claim points for cash on radiators purchased before lockdown.   

Help with business recovery  

The ECA – Electrical Contractors Association also a host of information dedicated to Business Recovery related to the coronavirus emergency.  Some of it is available to everyone, other content is for members only.  It covers commercial and legal issues, employment and health and safety issues as well as Government advice.    

Working in other people’s homes? 

If your work involves entering other people’s homes and you are thinking of getting back to work over the coming weeks, take a look at the latest Government guidance on Working in Other People’s Homes 

Working on-site? 

For those going back onto construction sites, the latest Government guidance for England can be found here. Obviously, if you are in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland, other restrictions and advice may apply. 

5 steps to working safely in your workplace 

Government guidance on the practical actions that businesses can take are outlined in brief below, or can be found in full here: 

1 – Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment 

Before restarting work you should ensure the safety of your workplace: 

  • Carry out a risk assessment in line with the HSE guidance 
  • Consult with any trade unions or workers 
  • Share the results of the risk assessment with any workforce and on your website  

– Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures 

You should increase the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning: 

  • frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly 

3 – Help people to work from home 

Obviously this particular point is not usually possible for electrical contractors! 

4 – Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible 

Where possible, you should maintain 2m between people: 

  • avoid sharing workspaces with others 
  • arrange one-way traffic through the workplace if possible 
  • switch to seeing visitors by appointment only if possible 

5 – Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk 

Where it’s not possible for people to be 2m apart, you should do everything practical to manage the transmission risk: 

  • consider whether an activity needs to continue for the business to operate 
  • keep the activity time involved as short as possible 
  • reduce the number of people each person has contact with by using ‘fixed teams or partnering’

Although there is still a way to go, there is a glimmer of hope that things are beginning to return to normal. We wish you every success.   

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