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Sector responds to new ‘Work Safe. Safe Work’ guidance

by Jennie Ward

NFRC welcomes campaign launched by TrustMark and BEIS saying: ‘it is important that homeowners and landlords are reassured that professional contractors can carry out repairs, maintenance and improvements safely’, whilst FMB says it will help builders and homeowners adapt to the ‘new normal.’

NFRC has backed new guidance launched today (3rd July), issued to homeowners for when they have tradespeople carry out work in and around their homes.

The ‘Work Safe. Safe Work’ campaign has been developed by TrustMark with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The booklet, which can be downloaded or given to the homeowner before the visit to the property, gives practical advice to homeowners about what Covid-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 sets 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. It provides simple and clear information on tasks that should be completed and a list of helpful questions to ask. 

James Talman, Chief Executive of NFRC.

Commenting on the launch of the campaign, NFRC Chief Executive, James Talman commented: “We are pleased to support Trustmark’s ‘Work Safe. Safe Work’ campaign backed by the CLC. As the lockdown measures are eased, it is important that homeowners and landlords are reassured that professional contractors can carry out repairs, maintenance and improvements safely in this ‘new normal’. This campaign will help to put the public’s mind at ease by providing clear and easy-to-digest guidance.”

He added: “NFRC and CompetentRoofer contractors operate to a safe working checklist in the domestic sector and are pleased to have this reinforced by this umbrella campaign for all trades.”

He concluded: “At present, most roofers are still busy finishing off jobs from before the lockdown, but future workloads are very much on their minds. I urge all homeowners who are considering having work done on their roof, or even extending into their loft for more living space, not to be put off, but to be reassured that NFRC members and CompetentRoofer contractors are working safely according to Covid-19 safe guidelines.”

The FMB echoed these sentiments saying the ‘Work Safe. Safe Work’ campaign “helps provide further clarity” for “builders and homeowners who are working hard to adapt to home improvement in the ‘new normal’ circumstances.”

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB explained: “We completed a survey in late May that found that 50% of Master Builders’ clients were concerned about having tradespeople working in their home due to the coronavirus. It’s important that we learn to manage the risk of the virus and adapt to these ‘new normal’ circumstances. To this end, I strongly support the new guidance published today and the ‘Work Safe. Safe Work’ campaign that aims to communicate clearly and simply what’s expected of all parties and boost consumer confidence. This builds on previous guidance published by the FMB.”

Berry concluded: “The FMB is calling on the Government to support the recovery of the repair and maintenance sector through a national energy efficiency retrofit strategy that will upgrade and improve the nation’s homes, support balanced economic growth, and save jobs. This will only be possible if we are all comfortable inviting builders back into our homes.”

Find out more about the ‘Work Safe. Safe Work’ guidance and view a video here

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