Work on but stay site safe, urges CIPHE
Installers can work in areas where restrictions are in place – but they must take precautions to protect themselves and clients, according to the CIPHE.
As the sector faces a winter of lockdown restrictions, the Institute clarified that the government has accepted installers count as emergency workers but there are limits on what they can do and where they can work.
Official guidance remains that there are two options for plumbers and heating engineers working in areas where emergency restrictions have been put in place.
They can respond to emergencies such as a broken down boiler or a job that involves working outside. But they must maintain social distancing and wear PPE.
CIPHE chief executive officer, Kevin Wellman said: “Together, the industry has successfully argued to the government that being without heat and ventilation at the moment is an emergency – especially as we go into winter. So working where there are restrictions isn’t a problem. But it is also about member safety; you will be going into environments with people you don’t know so protective equipment is as much for your benefit as theirs.”
The HSE warned employers still have a duty of care, despite the pandemic: “The coronavirus pandemic has not changed your duty as an employer to protect people in your workplace from health and safety risks. This includes making sure they are not exposed to hazardous substances as part of their work.”