Lillywhite Home Renovations
- Garage Conversions
- Project Refurbs
Are you halfway through a new bathroom being fitted? Do you need an electrician to fix some dodgy wiring? Is your boiler due a service? While we’re being told to stay at home to tackle COVID-19, you may question whether you can or should continue having essential work done at your property. This article outlines what the Government currently advises and the measures we should take to ensure this is done as safely as possible.
The good news is yes as long as the work to be carried out is essential and absolutely necessary.
The Government has stated that work carried out by workmen in people’s homes can continue if the workman is well and has no symptoms. It is also important to ensure that Government Guidelines are followed, including maintaining a 2-metre distance from any household occupants.
No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an individual has been classed as ‘vulnerable’, unless it is an emergency, and where the tradesperson is willing to do so.
No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
What safety measures should be followed while work is being carried out?
Firstly, the workman coming to your property should be aware of the safety measures they need to take in order to safely work at your property. Government Guidelines includes keeping a 2-metre distance from any household occupants, washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, never touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth and if you cough or sneeze to do so in your shoulder and to wash your hands afterwards. Also to wear gloves and masks and wipe down everything they touch.
Selected Trades Bodies also provide the following advice:
A good level of communication between you and your contractor is key in these circumstances to be able ensure the above advice can be carried out smoothly.
The Government have advised that keeping your property clean is an effective way of ensuring COVID-19 doesn’t spread. Using your usual household cleaning products, clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, remote controls and tabletops. Wherever possible, wear disposable or washing-up gloves and aprons for cleaning.
In terms of applying this to a workman visit, consider where that tradesperson will be spending their time while in your property and any appliances or equipment, they are likely to be touching during their work. Cleaning this area before and after their visit is good practice.
Government advice during the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly being updated so it is important to keep up to date with their latest guidelines.
|cookielawinfo-checbox-analytics||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Analytics".|
|cookielawinfo-checbox-functional||11 months||The cookie is set by GDPR cookie consent to record the user consent for the cookies in the category "Functional".|
|cookielawinfo-checbox-others||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Other.|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Necessary".|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-performance||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Performance".|