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The Construction Leadership Council has set out site operating procedures to implement social distancing.

They will keep construction sites operational wherever it is practical and safe.

The Construction Leadership Council considered extra, more stringent measures, but they have decided that these procedures are currently sufficient. We will update this page when required.

You can download the full site operating procedures from the Construction Leadership Council’s website.

This is a summary of the new procedures. There may be extra rules on your worksite.

Health and safety are still priorities.

As always, if you can’t do an activity safely, perhaps because there aren’t enough qualified people, or because of social distancing, stop work. Report the issue to your supervisor, labour manager, or

The UK’s emergency services are under pressure: don’t give them more work!


  • Do not come to site if you have a high temperature or a new persistent cough, or if you are a vulnerable person, or living with someone who is.
  • If you become ill at work you must go home immediately, without touching anything, or getting close to anyone. You must stay in isolation at home for seven days. (See our web page for how to report your absence.)


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  • Keep the proper distance from colleagues at all times. This may mean waiting for longer than usual to enter site, or to use the welfare facilities.
  • Drivers must remain in their vehicles if possible. Wash your hands before unloading goods and materials.

Food and drink

  • Canteens can not operate as normal, and you should not leave site to go to the local shops.
  • Bring your own food and refillable drinking bottle to work.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before eating and drinking.
  • Sit at least two metres apart on all breaks.
  • Make sure you put all rubbish into the bins.

Avoid close working

  • While it may not always be possible or safe to work a full two metres apart, you must not carry out physical work that requires close contact unless it is essential.
  • You may not do any work that requires you to touch another person’s skin.
  • Use the stairs rather than lifts or hoists, so you can keep two metres apart. If you have to use a lift or hoist, they must carry as few people as possible, and all the doors, buttons etc must be regularly cleaned.
  • Do not share reusable PPE. It must be thoroughly cleaned after use.
  • Make sure you dispose of single use PPE properly.


  • Hold site meetings in open areas where possible, keeping everyone two metres apart.


  • There will be enhanced cleaning across the whole site, especially communal areas and places people touch. These include taps, handles, toilet seats and flush, hand rails, machinery controls, telephones and office equipment.
  • Rubbish bins must be emptied regularly.

If a site can’t implement these measures consistently, it may be shut down.

The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said:

For many people working in construction their job requires them to travel to their place of work, and they can continue to do so.

Thank you again to everyone operating in the UK construction sector. You are making a hugely valued and critical contribution. I salute you for your efforts to support the UK economy.

Two comments on “Construction Leadership Council site operating procedures”

  1. Martin Poole

    Only wanted to say that it’s very appreciated that you care about your workforce during this dreadful time in our lives.

  2. Zena Wigram

    Thank you so much, Martin.

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