Managing the risk of exposure
to coronavirus (COVID-19)
A simplified checklist for the construction industry
This checklist for construction employers should be used with the ‘Managing the risk of coronavirus
(COVID-19) exposure: Construction industry’ guidance. Action and tick each checkbox when completed.
Screening for coronavirus (COVID-19)
A screening process is in place to minimise the potential introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) to
the construction site.
For example, asking employees before they enter the worksite, if they have:
been in contact with any confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19)
flu-like symptoms
The screening process limits person-to-person contact.
Screen employees over the phone or by other non-contact methods, to reduce person-to-person contact.
Site mapping
A process is in place to record the schedule and work locations for employees including contractors.
Identify those potentially aected by an employee suspected of or confirmed as having coronavirus
(COVID-19).
Recording employee schedules and movements enables tracing of those who have come into contact with a
confirmed case.
The record should include:
date and time work was done
team members who worked together
specific work area(s) on the construction site
any breaks taken, including time and location
movement between sites
Systems are in place to limit the need for movement of employees and contractors between sites or
across areas within large sites.
Minimise movement between sites, or areas within large sites, as much as possible.
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Physical distancing
Established systems in line with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) physical
distancing recommendations.
Implement physical distancing of at least 1.5m wherever possible.
Employers should consider each work task to decide if there is a safer way to do the work with more distance
between employees.
For example:
place markings on floors and walls to show safe distances in work, transit and break areas
consider dierent shift patterns to minimise the number of employees onsite (for example, introducing
morning and afternoon shifts)
stagger start times, breaks and finish times to avoid congestion in high trac areas
minimise employees coming into contact with each other as they move around the site
plan how to maintain physical distancing during bad weather (for example, use of lunch or crib rooms and
amenities)
install temporary physical barriers (for example, fences or screens) between work areas, where
appropriate
Applied other control measures where it’s not possible to work and maintain physical distancing.
For example:
minimise person-to-person interactions within 1.5m
minimise the number of individuals involved in activities that need to occur within 1.5m of each other
provide personal protective equipment (PPE) (for example, gloves, masks and/or face shields)
Note: Minimise employee numbers in restricted spaces (for example, lift shafts).
Face masks in workplaces
There may be a requirement to wear a face covering in your workplace, for example in areas where
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) restrictions apply. Where face coverings are required for
work, it is an employer’s responsibility to provide them to employees. For more information see Managing
coronavirus (COVID-19) risks: Face coverings in workplaces in Related information.
Hygiene
Controls have been identified and implemented for employees and contractors to maintain good
hygiene practices.
For example:
displaying hygiene information in prominent locations on the construction site such as tea rooms, site
oces, toilets, foyers, lifts and site entrances
advising employees to follow good hygiene practices
The employer has provided employees with access to sucient amenities to reduce movement
around the site.
For example:
hand washing facilities such as wash basin, clean running water, soap, paper towels in strategic locations to
ensure employees can access them in a timely manner
access to hand sanitiser and encouraging regular use
providing hand sanitiser at site entrances and exits, in all hoists, amenities and other high trac areas of the
site
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Shared tools, plant and equipment
Established systems to reduce the need to share tools, plant and equipment.
For example:
drop saws
drills
grinders
ladders
elevating work platforms
Implemented systems to control risk where it is not possible to eliminate shared use.
For example:
providing cleaning products with shared tools, plant and equipment
keeping cleaning products with tools, plant and equipment as they move around the site
advising all operators to practice good personal hygiene
wipe down all tools, plant and equipment before and after use
Cleaning
Established systems to clean touched surfaces.
For example:
work areas and shared equipment
transit areas including personnel hoists and lifts
shared facilities including bathrooms and kitchens, crib rooms
Clean and disinfect surfaces in accordance with the DHHS guidelines on cleaning and disinfection to reduce
coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission at construction sites. Read more in Related information.
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
The employer has provided information, instruction and training on the safe use and maintenance of
the PPE.
This includes providing information about the use, removal, disposal or decontamination of the PPE.
The employer has reviewed the suitability of any PPE provided for the work environment.
For example, ensuring the PPE does not:
obstruct vision or mobility, allowing the user to do tasks safely
introduce other risks
The employer has systems in place to encourage and supervise correct use of PPE.
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Personnel hoists
Employees using hoists and lifts may be more at risk to exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) because it requires
them to be in close contact with others and potential contaminated surfaces.
Systems of work and control measures are in place to reduce the risk of potential transmission in
personnel hoists.
Systems of works may include physical distancing, personal hygiene, PPE and cleaning.
Where it is not possible to practice physical distancing measures with a personnel hoist, other
methods are in place to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19).
For example:
limiting employee movement between levels and floors on site
review hoist availability and identify additional hoists for use
implementing physical distancing and hygiene systems when waiting for hoists, limiting how many persons
can use a hoist at the same time
Hoist operators
The employer has reviewed the controls to reduce the risks to hoist operators.
Hoist operators may be exposed to additional risk.
Reduce risks by:
providing hoist operators with PPE that helps guard against person-to-person transmission and from
touching contaminated surfaces (For example, face shield or surgical mask or P2 respirator)
encouraging frequent hand washing with soap and water or with hand sanitiser available near the hoist
changing the hoist operator to a dierent role every 2 hours
Suspected or confirmed case
A response plan and procedure is ready for a suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) case.
Note: DHHS will contact the aected individual to identify the close and casual contacts. If the employee has
attended their workplace while they were infectious and had close contact with other employees, DHHS will
also contact the employer.
The response plan and procedure for suspected and confirmed cases should include:
consultation and communication arrangements with employees and contractors
ensuring up to date contact details are available for employees and contractors
workplace mapping information
a process for identifying site locations for cleaning and disinfection
an appropriate cleaning and disinfection regime, which should be overseen by a competent person
(for example, an occupational hygienist)
having the competent person advise when the cleaning and disinfection regime has occurred, for re-entry
to the aected areas
providing employees and contractors with relevant information prior to re-entering the site and resuming
work
processes for reviewing and revising systems to control the risk(s), in consultation with health and safety
representative(s) and employees
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Related information
Managing the risk of COVID-19 exposure: Construction industry
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) information from DHHS
DHHS: About coronavirus - How does coronavirus spread?
DHHS: About coronavirus - How do you define close contact?
DHHS: Cleaning and disinfecting for business and constructions sites
Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations
Managing coronavirus (COVID-19) risks: Face coverings in workplaces
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