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Improving Coronavirus compliance recorded on building sites

07 September 2020

According to the Building Safety Group (BSG), the last three months has seen a considerable reduction in the numbers of failures to comply with social distancing requirements.

Commissioned by the BSG and based on the results of 4,400 site visits conducted between the beginning of June and the end of August, the study shows improving figures.

Following the discovery of 50 major breaches in Covid-19 safety requirements in June, the number reduced by 41% to 20 in August.

The majority of breaches were described as "minor" and this number had also fallen from over 120 in June to around 75 in August.

There was further good news for the construction sector, with the BSG stating that it expects the number of breaches to reduce further, as more companies appreciate the need to follow guidelines.

Among the most common faults was the failure to observe social distancing requirements, particularly in canteens and communal areas.

Other failures included insufficient numbers of hand sanitising stations and PPE, in addition to out of date site operating procedures.

FMs and service providers have been praised by many clients and building owners around the UK, following their exemplary efforts in transforming facilities.

This has been further endorsed by the PFM Editorial Advisory Board (EAB), which illustrated how many facilities have been dramatically transformed, often at short notice, to allow workers and facilities users to return to their buildings.

However, despite improved results for the construction sector and the efforts of the FM industry, the UK has seen a rise in the numbers of Covid-19 infections, raising fears of a second wave.

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