COVID-19: Updated advice for tradespeople

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has outlined the governments ‘Plan B’ for dealing with this winters’ Coronavirus challenge in England. But what does this mean to KBB and the wider home improvement industry?

First and foremost, government guidance issued today does not specifically affect tradespeople operating in other people’s homes, or those operating within the construction industry. This means work can start or continue in accordance with government guidance.

Businesses still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their service. The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks identified.

CEO Damian Walters said: “This situation is far from over, but we have demonstrated as an industry that we can operate safely. The governments decision to allow trades to continue is critical to the stability of the economy and the recovery from what has been a challenging time for the UK”.

Damian added: “But whilst we continue, we must not take a casual view of how we deliver our service – especially in other people’s homes. This virus remains a significant threat to our society’s most vulnerable and we have both a legal and moral duty to mitigate the risk by following the rules and applying common sense.”
BiKBBI will re-introduce Safe Operating Procedures training for FREE to all tradespeople. Details will be published in due course.

Full details of the governments ‘Plan B’ can be found HERE.

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