COVID-19 guidelines for construction workers

Dubai Municipality has issued certain guidelines for construction workers in the emirate to ensure health and safety on site

Dubai Municipality’s Health and Safety Department and Building Control Department issued a guidance document to be adhered to across residences, buses and construction sites
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Dubai Municipality’s Health and Safety Department and Building Control Department issued a guidance document to be adhered to across residences, buses and construction sites

The construction sector in the region has been identified as one among the ‘vital’ sectors which will continue operations and is exempted from the 24-hour restriction on movement, subject to obtaining a permit from Dubai Municipality and the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs, in light of the ongoing National Sterilisation Programme, and to curb the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hence, it is crucial that construction companies practise precautionary measures on-site to ensure health and safety of workers, while ensuring normal and continuous operations.

In view of this, Dubai Municipality’s Health and Safety Department and Building Control Department has issued a guidance document covering the precautionary measures to be adhered to across residences, buses and construction sites, as well as a permit to transport construction workers in the emirate.

The precautionary measures to be followed within labour accommodations include increased frequency of disinfection and cleaning, limited gatherings, and social and physical distancing of 2 metres to be practised in specific areas.

In addition, construction workers’ body temperatures must be tested before their entry and exit in the premises. If upon testing, a worker is found to have a body temperature of 37.8°C or more, it is imperative that the worker is placed in isolation and is constantly checked for temperature and appearance of symptoms.

Concerned authorities must contact the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in the case of any follow up actions or queries.

In the event of workers posing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, isolation rooms in appropriate numbers must be made available, the guidelines dictate. In addition, a transportation permit must be filled by the accommodation management before a worker goes to site. The permit must contain details such as bus number, project plot number, Makani number, and number of workers, among other information.

Buses will undergo frequent cleaning and sterilisation, with Dubai Municipality-approved products.

Lastly, across the buses, workers must practise safe distancing and sanitisation upon entry, and on-site large gatherings must be avoided. Buses will undergo frequent cleaning and sterilisation, with Dubai Municipality-approved products.

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