Covid19

On this page BCSA members will be able to access the latest information and resources for their business regarding COVID-19 from the BCSA.

Below are memos which have been sent to members regarding COVID-19 to date. Memos have been ordered by topic and date to view all memos please scroll down or click one of the links below.

HR/Commercial/Employment
Health and Safety
Legal and Contracts
General/Membership
BCSA Contacts

To access the links below you must be a BCSA member with access to our members area. If you are unsure of your login please contact Lorraine MacKinder.

HR/Commercial/Employment

HR/Commercial/Employment: The First Minister announced on the 28th May 2020 that restrictions over some of our personal and work activities will begin to ease from tomorrow and into next week. One of the specific industry’s she mentioned in beginning to return to work was the construction industry. In the announcement she confirmed that the construction sector will be allowed to implement the first two phases (As below, phases 0 and 1) of its restart plan with a decision to move to ‘phase 2’ of the plan after consulting with government to ensure it is safe to do so in line with public health advice. A copy of the Working on site during the COVID-19 pandemic – Construction Guidance prepared by Construction Scotland can be viewed here.

Commercial: BuildUK (the main contractors Trade Association) has recently reported the percentage of construction sites open in the UK and the level of output. The details are given in the attached AMM.

HR/Commercial/Employment: Details of Scotland’s Route Map Through and Out of the COVID Crisis is given in the AMM and linked to below is the 46 page route map. A key date given are that Construction can start to open up for work again after 28th May.

Covid-19 framework decision-making Scotlands Route Map

Commercial: BuildUK has released information on the percentage of construction sites open in England, Wales and Scotland with the average level of output on these construction sites. The AMM gave the details together with the percentage of main contractor workforce that have been furloughed.

Commercial: This AMM provided information on new construction projects, the information is from “Builder’

Commercial: The UK government announced it will temporarily guarantee business-to-business transactions currently supported by Trade Credit Insurance. Please see the memo for further details.

HR/Commercial: This AMM contained further information on the Chancellor’s announcement regarding the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

HR/Commercial: This AMM contains information on the Prime Minster’s Roadmap to Restarting the Economy and a link to the guidance published earlier today, the ‘working safely’ guidance documents to be published by the Government in the next couple of days and an update on the Job Retention Scheme.

HR/Commercial: BuildUK has carried out a survey of its Main Contractor members to identify how many major construction sites are open in England, Wales and Scotland and the levels of productivity that is being achieved. Details of the survey were attached to this AMM.

HR/Commercial: The memo provided further clarification, advice and guidance on the loans which are part of the UK Government’s schemes to assist businesses affected by Covid-19.

HR/Commercial: On Friday the Irish Government published a roadmap to reopen Irelands economy and society. this is a phased return with new measures relaxed every three weeks.

HR/Commercial: This AMM provided an update from BuildUK on accommodation at construction sites.

HR/Commercial: This AMM summaries the number and value of projects that have been awarded during the five week lock down period in comparison to the previous five week period. The AMM also gives the percentage of BuildUK members construction sites that are open and the average level of productivity achieved.

HR/Commercial: This AMM contained information on  a new Bounce Back Loans Scheme which will allow small businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and get the money within days. These loans will be interest free for the first 12 months and from Monday 4th May 2020 businesses will be able to apply for these loans online by completing a short and simple form.

HR/Commercial: This AMM contained the outstanding questions and answers from the COVID-19 Essential Update webinar which took place on the 9th April 2020.

Commercial: The Treasury has asked for case studies of companies that are struggling to access the Government’s financial support packages.

HR/Commercial: The attached AMM has the details and link to the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum web site which contains the below guidance for the use of the HMRC Portal to claim for the Job Retention Scheme.

CICV Guidance

HR/Commercial: The attached AMM gives more details on the step by step guide to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) funds.

HR/Commercial: The Chancellor has extended the Job Retention Scheme by one month to the end of June 2020. This AMM provides a link for further information.

HR/Commercial: The online claim portal for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be open on GOV.UK on Monday 20th April 2020 after which it will be open 24hrs a day. Any firm with a UK payroll can apply. This memo lists the information that BCSA members will need to make a claim.

HR/Commercial: This AMM contained a write up of the BCSA Webinar: COVID-19 Essential Update and following Q&A which took place on the 9th April 2020.

HR/Commercial: A Task Group under the auspices of ‘The Construction Industry Task Force’ has prepared a short survey to anonymously capture feedback on the experiences that businesses are having in trying to access support provided by HMG. A link for the survey is given in this memo.

HR/Commercial: This memo contained information regarding the Government Furlough Scheme being extended.

HMRC-CIRS-Direction

HR/Commercial: This Memo gives the latest details of the HMRC plans to open the online Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on Monday 20th April. It is anticipated that the portal will be available 24 hours a day.

HR/Commercial: This memo provides updated information for members on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance, information and announcements made by Government on the support for businesses.

  • 30th March 2020: Furlough Leave Letter – Job retention scheme

HR/Commercial: BCSA Members were provided a template letter with explanatory footnotes (in .pdf and Word) intended for employers to adapt and send to employees.

HR/Commercial: This memo sets out further details of  ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ including information on; eligibility, benefit, who can claim, guidance on furloughing employees, calculations for payment, what you need to make a claim from HMRC and what to do after you’ve made a claim.

HR/Commercial: This memo provided BCSA Members with further advice on the furlough scheme, self-employed workers and VAT deferral.

Commercial/HR/Employment: Various information, guidance and resources including; Build UK Helplines and Assistance, UK Government Assist (Small Business Grant Scheme and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme), BEIS Helpline, ACAS Webinars for Employers and  additionally provided links to advice for Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

HR/Employment: Advice on spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK and Ireland.

Health and Safety

Health and Safety:The Devolved Governments and Ireland have issued information on their Contact tracing Plans, the details of each are linked to below.

Contact Tracing – England
Contact Tracing – Ireland
Contact Tracing – Northern Ireland
Contact Tracing –  Wales
Contact Tracing –  Scotland

Health and Safety:The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published version 4 of the Site Operating Procedure (SOP) and a range of checklists further information on both are with the link below and attached memo.

Site Operating Procedures Version 4 Published

Health and Safety: This AMM provided links to the Health and Safety Executive’s short guide to working safely during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak a short guide

Health and Safety: This AMM provided links to Government’s COVID19 Government Workplace Guidance. The guidance for; Construction – Outdoors and Factories, Plants and Warehouses were attached to AMM. BCSA members are provided the link below to access updates and other relevant guidance including; offices, contact centres and vehicles.

Link to Workplace Guidance .gov.uk

Health and Safety: The government, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on the 28th April that: “From construction workers to emergency plumbers, from research scientists to those in manufacturing, the expansion of access to testing will protect the most vulnerable and help keep people safe.” Those eligible are anyone that has to leave their home to go to work and have the coronavirus symptoms can book a test through the link below:

Link to testing website

Health and Safety:The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published version 3 of the Site Operating Procedure (SOP). The SOP v3 can be downloaded from the link below:

Site Operating Procedures Version 3 Published

Health and Safety: The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has produced a video (5 minutes long) on how the social distancing rules should be applied to construction sites.

CLC Social Distancing Rules – video (YouTube)

Health and Safety:The Health and Safety Executive have issued guidance on how to report under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) during COVID-19. The memo included guidance of when a report under RIDDOR should be made.  Further detail of how and what to report are given in the web link below:

HSE Website 

Health and Safety: This AMM provided links and  detail regarding further guidance from The Construction Leadership Council for managing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below are links to the Government website and the three specific guides for our industry.

.GOV Website: Social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID‐19) 
Construction Leadership Council Guidance: Construction
Construction Leadership Council Guidance: Manufacturing and processing businesses
Construction Leadership Council Guidance: Use of private vehicles and car pooling

Health and Safety: This AMM contained information and guidance from the Health and Safety Executive who have published some guidance for managing COVID-19 in the workplace. The AMM included the following attachments.

HSE Regulating during COVID-19
Social Distancing at Work during COVID-19
First Aid Cover during COVID-19

This AMM include a letter released by The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy confirming that construction and its supply chain is delivering for the nation and should continue to operate. It also highlighted the Duty Holders Responsibilities under CDM and HASAWA to provide a safe place  and systems of work. Further  information and details are included with the AMM and attached documentation below.

Secretary of State Letter to UK Construction Industry
CDM 2015 Principal Contractors

Health and Safety: The Safe Site Handover Certificate (SSHC) has been revised to help Members identify where the Principal / Main Contractors are managing their sites to ensure the health and safety systems are in place to meet the guidelines from Public Health England for self distancing and hygiene.

SSHC Revision March 2020 COVID -19

Health and Safety: BCSA is now asking for the construction industry leaders to take a look at whether or not they are able to comply with the social distancing rules.

Health and Safety: This update contained a press update from Building Magazine on the latest news on the possible closure of non-essential construction sites.

Health and Safety: Update on recent statements from the Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Scottish First Minister. The memo also contained a site operating procedure document that is to be adopted for those still at work from the Construction Leadership Council.

Health and Safety: In this memo BCSA provided two sample risk assessments for COVID-19 which had been drafted to assist members  regarding what they might need to consider for those working in the office environment and those in the factory/workshops.

COVID-19- Risk Assessment-Sample March 2020 Office Working
COVID-19- Risk Assessment-Sample March 2020 Factory Working

Health and Safety: This memo contained the latest information from CSCS about the difficulties expected for those needing to apply for a new card or those needing to renew existing cards.

Health and Safety: An update from BCSA activities in light of  COVID-19 and the latest government guidance.

COVID-19: Impact on CSCS Cards

Legal and Contracts     

Legal and Contracts: This memo gives an update on advice on reviewing existing and new contracts in the light of the spread of coronavirus. It includes an article from a Dublin law firm; Arthur Cox, Niav O’Higgins, who is the contact for the BCSA Republic of Ireland Law Helpline.

Legal and Contracts: This memo gives advice on reviewing existing and new contracts in the light of the spread of COVID-19.

General/Membership

General: The memo includes a number of links to articles published on the latest information relating to COVID-19, some of these are specific to Scotland.

General: This memo contained an update from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy regarding where to find online resources detailing support for businesses. Below is a link to the New Business Hub.

Membership: This memo informed members that BCSA would be cancelling its regional meetings in June. Individual E Mails were also sent notifying members of cancellations to committee and working group meeting in March, April and May 2020.

BCSA Contacts

If you are a BCSA member and  need specific advice regarding COVID-19 please contact the BCSA team.

Organisational Queries
David Moore
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 020 7747 8122
David.Moore@SteelConstruction.org

Human Resources and Health and Safety Queries
Pete Walker
Director of Health, Safety & Training
Tel: 01325 366328
Pete.Walker@SteelConstruction.org

Legal and Contract Queries
Deborah Harrison
Legal Manager
Tel: 020 7747 8129
Deborah.Harrison@SteelConstruction.org