This page highlights the workforce guidelines for landscaping professionals during COVID-19.
BALI has produced a frequently asked questions document related to COVID-19 Workforce Guidelines. This document will be updated regularly following updated guidance from the Government and was originally compiled on 8 April 2020 following queries from members during the COVID-19 webinar clinics.
BALI members are advised to watch a webinar presented by BALI Registered Affiliate member Oracle Solicitors on Friday 3 April 2020. During this webinar, a HR professional discussed the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic with a specific focus on the landscape industry. Click here to view the webinar or click play below if your browser supports.
Please note: The questions on the following pages were generated by BALI members during a webinar held on Friday 3 April 2020. The guidance and answers in this document are intended as a guide only and members should seek professional advice for specific questions.
Landscape site operating procedures: protecting your workforce
As with any other significant risk, the law requires all employers to assess the risk of working whilst the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, and to implement working practices to manage this risk.
Landscape businesses who send employees to sites during the COVID-19 pandemic must ensure they are protecting their workforce, clients and the public by minimising the risk of spreading the infection.
As with all health and safety in any other context, employers must consult their staff regarding the risk posed by COVID-19 and when implementing measures to manage the risks associated with COVID-19. Any business with more than 5 employees must record risk assessments.
Remember: It is essential to manage the risk posed by COVID-19 regularly. Guidelines and lockdown restrictions may change, and it may be necessary to revise plans as the pandemic develops.
The guidance contained within the document below has been developed by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) to meet the needs of the landscape industry. It is based on the third version of the Site Operating Procedures (SOP) issued by the Construction Leadership Council, and also aligns with guidance published by the Government in the Working safely during COVID-19 in construction and other outdoor work document and Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus document, produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
This guide should be used alongside other advice to help you decide on the actions to take.