new guidance on face coverings in construction

New guidance on the use of face coverings in construction

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has announced new guidance on face coverings on construction sites to ensure safety for all.

The Use of Face Coverings in Construction during Coronavirus (COVID‐19) now recommends that face coverings are worn where workers on site are not required to wear Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE).

It also states workers must wear face coverings if their workplace (which may include welfare and changing facilities, office or meetings rooms) meets all of the following criteria:

  • an enclosed space;
  • where social distancing isn’t always possible; and
  • where they come into contact with others they do not normally meet.

In line with Government guidance on premises providing hospitality, employees must wear face coverings in site canteens. However, workers can remove masks when seated at a table to eat or drink.