NFRC has backed new guidance launched today, 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.
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.”
"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.”
“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.”