After the original lockdown in the spring, we worked with our partnering contractors, Engie, United Living, Wates, DW Support Services and Bell Group, to ensure appropriate risk assessments and ways of working were put in place before any work resumed. We followed the latest guidance from government departments and Public Health England. The Government has encouraged social landlords to continue maintenance work where safe to do so. We have progressed works successfully and in a safe manner.
The safety of our residents and our staff is still, and will remain, our highest priority, and we’ll continue to take every step possible to ensure the health and safety of everyone we come into contact with, including residents, staff, suppliers and the wider community.
Our contractors will continue to contact residents having work done, to find out about your health status, such as if you’re self-isolating, and whether you’re in any of the vulnerable groups. They will discuss with those residents, any extra precautions that may be needed, or if the work needs to be delayed to sometime in the future.
The Covid-19 guidance and safe systems of work that we’ve developed are comprehensive. We’ve provided a brief summary below of the key actions our contractors are taking:
- mandatory social distancing, with sites appropriately marked out
- appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) when social distaining can’t be achieved
- enhanced cleaning regimes
- enhanced welfare and washing facilities
- restrictions on travel to and from site
- staggered working times
- additional welfare supervisors on static sites.
Following the recent Government announcements, we’ll continually monitor the guidance issued by the appropriate government departments, and we’ll review and update our procedures in accordance with this advice.
We understand these are difficult times for everyone, and we’re committed to ensuring that our work continues to be carried out responsibly, with everyone’s safety as a priority. Thank you again for your continued patience and understanding during this challenging working environment.
Director of Assets