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In response to the current unprecedented pandemic situation, as a three-time ROSPA Gold winner, we at Area have been working constantly to review and revise all our site procedures to ensure that our clients, employees and contractors are protected to the highest standards possible.

From the announcement of the pandemic we have continued to have fully compliant construction sites in operation.

We have carried out a top-to-bottom review and have introduced new measures to our health and safety procedures on sites including the following:

  • Contactless access/egress to sites
  • Remote on-line site inductions via smartphone technology
  • Revised risk assessments and method statements for all elements of work to ensure that Covid-19 is included
  • Compulsory screening questionnaires and daily temperature checks for all personnel
  • Covid-19 supervisors on every site
  • Visual alert level system giving clear guidance on PPE, in line with government alert levels 1-5
  • Virtual Health and Safety audits, with particular attention to the HSE and CLC current guidance
  • Revised site logistics, including welfare arrangements and one-way circulation
  • Stocks of PPE, including gloves, face masks, respirators and hand sanitizer on every site
  • Sites physically gridded to ensure social distancing
  • Site cleaning regimes completely revised, hand washing stations throughout to reduce the risk of infection
  • Robust emergency planning in the event of a suspected case on a site

 

James Cornwell, Director of Area, comments: “We are committed to providing excellence in delivery across the entire project journey and upholding the highest health and safety standards play an instrumental role in achieving this. Now more than ever the safety of our employees, clients and subcontractors is our key priority. Having put extra measures in place we’re confident that we can deliver projects to the same exceptional standard our clients have come to expect in the safest way possible.”

Area are currently on site to deliver a refurbishment project of London River House in Gravesend on behalf of the Port of London Authority. Peter Steen, Director of Marine Operations for Port of London Authority, comments: “We were really impressed with Area’s swift implementation of all the Construction Leadership Council’s Covid-19 safety measures. As a result of this they have continued to make safe and steady progress thanks to the dedication of their staff and subcontractors.”

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