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

HR/Commercial/Employment

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 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/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