SafetyOn, the health and safety body for the onshore wind industry in the UK, in conjunction with RenewableUK, has produced guidance for the onshore wind sector on site operations, construction and return to the office environment during COVID-19.
The industry should read this guidance in conjunction with Scottish Government guidance on wider public health and fair work principles.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making – Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis was published on 21 May 2020. It set out a phased approach to easing the lockdown and our movement through each phase of the lockdown.
Inevitably, opening parts of our economy and society has provided new opportunities for the virus to spread and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland’s Strategic Framework was published on 23 October 2020, setting out how we will work to suppress the virus to the lowest possible level and keep it there, while we strive to return to a more normal life for as many people as possible and tackle the four harms we know the virus causes.
This framework sets out a new approach to outbreak management based on five levels of protection consisting of four levels above the Route Map Phase 3 baseline (or 'Level 0'). To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, we announced further tightening of restrictions in Level 4 areas from 5 January 2021 (see Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay at home guidance).
We are in regular contact with stakeholders, unions and communities to discuss planned activity and compliance with guidance, and respond to any concerns raised. Our website has the most up-to-date advice and guidance on COVID-19.
Further advice is available from SafetyOn