workforce guidance

Guidance for landscape professionals

Whilst workers should be working from home if they can, governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have not prohibited site-based landscape construction or outdoor work.  

Work operations are likely to be different to those before COVID-19, and employers have a legal duty to ensure the risks associated with this new way of working are assessed and measures implemented to ensure the continued safety of their employees and third parties.

BALI has produced several guidance documents specifically for members seeking further information regarding working practices.  Together with information provided by the Government and Health and Safety Executive (HSE), BALI guidance documents can be used to manage the risks associated with working during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Contents

- Landscape Site Operating Procedures
- Landscape Site Operating Procedures (Interior Landscaping)
- Risk Assessment and Method Statement
- Travel exemptions from overseas
- External sources of guidance 

Landscape Site Operating Procedures 

BALI's site operating procedures document contains information for employers in England and Scotland seeking to implement 'COVID-Secure' measures in all site-based operations.  Both documents may be downloaded using the buttons below:

download (England)

download (Scotland)

Interior Landscaping: Operating Procedures

BALI's interior landscaping operating procedures document contains information for employers in England and Scotland seeking to implement 'COVID-Secure' measures in interior landscaping operations.  Both documents may be downloaded using the buttons below:

download (england)

download (scotland)

Generic Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS)

BALI has produced a generic template Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS) document to assist members when assessing the risks associated with working during COVID-19 and implement measures to manage this risk. This document may be downloaded  using the button below:

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Office Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS)

BALI has produced a template Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS) document to assist members when assessing the risks associated with desk-based working and office/home-office environments during COVID-19 and implement measures to manage this risk. This document may be downloaded using the button below:

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Travel exemptions from overseas 

Some people don’t have to fill in a passenger locator form or take a coronavirus test or self-isolate on arrival in the UK from overseas, because of the jobs they do.  As of 18th January 2021, ornamental horticulture workers are no longer exempt, and should follow guidance issued by the government here

External sources of working guidance 

During January 2021 the Construction Leadership Council released version 7 of their Site Operating Procedures.  This document contains guidance for employers and workers and covers all aspects of site-based works. The document can be accessed for free from the Construction Leadership Council's website