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Campaign aims to boost construction recovery

July 2020

A guidance campaign for homeowners who have tradespeople working in their homes has been launched to help boost the construction recovery. The Work Safe. Safe Work campaign was developed by TrustMark - the only Government-endorsed quality scheme for tradespeople - and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The booklet gives practical advice to householders about what COVID-safety measures should be discussed and carried out before, during, and after work is done in their home. It provides simple and clear information on tasks that should be completed, and a list of helpful questions to ask.

Simon Ayers, Chief Executive of TrustMark, said: “As the lockdown restrictions begin to ease across the country more homeowners will want work carried out in their homes. This is vital in not only the construction industry’s recovery to the coronavirus pandemic, but also the country’s recovery.”

“However, we know that many people have reservations about what is expected of them and what they need to provide and do while the work is taking place to ensure it is safe. In providing clear and simple information, the Work Safe. Safe Work campaign will inform homeowners and give them confidence in this new reality we are finding ourselves in.”

The eight-page booklet, which the tradesperson can give to the homeowner before they visit the property, is a three-part guide setting out what types of tasks are the responsibility of the homeowner, such as disinfecting door handles before and after the tradesperson comes into the home.

It also sets out what responsibilities lie with the tradesperson, such as providing their own PPE. It covers the time before, during and after the work has been completed. There is also a video to help further explain the guidance.

With recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showing the construction industry had its worst month (April) for output since records began, it is hoped the Work Safe. Safe Work campaign will give the consumer confidence.

From: https://ukconstructionweek.inloop.com

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