Homeowners offered COVID-19 safety advice

New guidance has been issued to homeowners for when they have tradespeople carry out work in their homes.

TrustMark’s Work Safe. Safe Work campaign guidance launched today (3 July) and gives practical advice to homeowners about what COVID-19 safety measures should be discussed and carried out before, during and after work is done in and around their home.

It also sets out the need for conversations to be had with the tradesperson and what actions they should expect the tradespeople to deliver, a statement said.

Simon Ayers, chief executive of TrustMark, said: “As the lockdown restrictions begin to ease across the country more homeowners will want work carried out in their homes. This is vital in not only the construction industry’s recovery to the coronavirus pandemic, but also the country’s recovery. However, we know that many people have reservations about what is expected of them and what they need to provide and do during the work is taking place to ensure it is safe. In providing clear and simple information, the Work Safe. Safe Workcampaign will inform homeowners and give them confidence in this new reality we are finding ourselves in.”

The eight-page booklet, which the tradesperson can give to the homeowner before the visit to the property, is a three-part guide setting out what types of tasks are the responsibility of the homeowner, such as disinfecting door handles before and after the tradesperson comes into the home. It also sets out what responsibilities lie with the tradesperson, such as providing their own PPE.

There is also a video animation to help further explain the guidance, available at https://worksafesafework.info