Clarity in a time of uncertainty

The guidance below has been introduced to offer some form of clarity to the industry as we all work in the most unusual of times.

Every business must make their own judgements on the work they will do, but they should understand the advice which the Scottish Government has issued over the steps to be taken to minimise the spread of Coronavirus.

The advice is subject to change without notice depending on decisions taken by the Scottish or UK Governments and updated information will be issued as required.

For more information or guidance, please keep visiting your relevant trade or professional body’s website.

Advice for funding training

To help organisations secure funding for training, the Forum has produced this downloadable guide to the Flexible Workforce Development Fund, as of 17 November 2021.

Long Covid safety-critical roles checklist

This latest open source advice document offers a practical checklist that will help employers identify and help safety-critical workers who may be suffering from the ongoing effects of Long Covid, as of 20 October 2021.

Updated good practice guidelines

This in-depth document offers the latest health and safety advice about working safely in construction, and is designed to underpin the safe operating guidance released by the Scottish Government and Construction Scotland, as of 24 November 2021.

Work in domestic properties

This updated guide outlines the recommended operating procedures for working in domestic properties in Scotland, as of 16 September 2021.

Secure site risk assessment

This in-depth practical template provides an example risk assessment to help keep operatives and their colleagues safe on-site, as of 20 July 2021.

Close working checklist

This template gives an overview of how to implement COVID-safe health and safety practices during close and enclosed working, as of 20 July 2021.

Professional indemnity insurance guidance

This document gives an overview of the current PI insurance situation and offers guidance to those looking for advice and information moving forward, as of 17 June 2021.

Timetable for easing restrictions

This document from Scottish Government outlines the proposed timing of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland, as of 16 April 2021.

Protection levels in Scotland

This document from Scottish Government outlines what gatherings and activities are permitted in Scotland under current COVID-19 restrictions, as of 16 April 2021.

Mental health support

This document can help you find assistance and guidance for mental health issues, with a comprehensive overview of leading charities and support networks, as of 6 April 2021.

HSE spot check checklist

This document is designed to help you prepare answers to any questions asked by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) during COVID-19 spot checks of premises, as of 8 March 2021.

Homeworking guidance

This document offers employers and employees the latest health and safety advice about working safely at home, as of 27 January 2021.

Homeworking checklist

This interactive PDF helps employers and employees fill out a health and safety checklist for people working at home, as of 27 January 2021.

Domestic infographic

This downloadable infographic gives an at-a-glance overview of what type of domestic construction work is permitted during lockdown, and what health and safety measure should be taken on all projects. All information is correct as of 18 January 2021.

Face mask guidance

This open source PDF outlines what type of mask or face covering to wear in which situation, how to wear it properly and how to look after it when not in use. It can be shared as a digital file or printed out and displayed on-site. All information is correct as of 9 December 2020.

Pre-work checklist

This downloadable PDF lists the actions contractors and customers should take to keep each other safe during work. It can be downloaded and emailed before work commences. All information is correct as of 27 July 2020.

Health and safety guidance

These seven documents offer practical information on a range of subjects, including advice for non-essential domestic work, health and safety checklist, face coverings, hand washing, site visit questionnaire, dealing with symptoms, and a template letter for confirmed cases of COVID-19. All information is correct as of 27 July 2020.

Physical distancing posters

These two open source posters are designed to be downloaded, printed out and displayed on sites and in offices and depots, warning about the need to maintain physical distancing when staff are not at work. All information is correct as of 16 July 2020.

Restart signage pack

This pack of 2o documents include posters, checklists and fact sheets advising on practical restart measures including physical distancing, hygiene and one-way systems in offices, depots and sites. Designed to be downloaded, printed off and displayed in a variety of settings, including receptions, kitchens, canteens and offices, there is space for your own company logo and point of contact to be added. All information is correct as of 18 June 2020.

Restart Toolbox Talk

This 32-page PowerPoint is designed to be used as a Toolbox Talk to share practical guidance about physical distancing, travelling to work, general hygiene, close working, PPE and eating and toilet arrangements. All information is correct as of 18 June 2020.

Returning from furlough guidance

This 22-page document offers advice about the steps employers should take as workers return to work from furlough, as of 3 June 2020.

Safe return to college PowerPoint

This PowerPoint provides practical health and safety guidance for staff and apprentices preparing for a return to college, as of 25 June 2020.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme

This guide provides details of the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, and offers comparison with the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), as of 26 May 2020.

Return to work considerations

This report outlines a number of considerations that Contractors should consider addressing once the resumption of works occurs, as of 11 May 2020.

Public sector maintenance

This report sets out the framework for a Government-led initiative to encourage a large scale public sector programme of maintenance of its asset base, as of 1 May 2020.

Adjudication advice

This report outlines details of a streamlined adjudication procedure for disputes below £50,000 that don’t involve multiple or complex issues, as of 29 April 2020.

Cashflow paper

This report suggests a number of short-term measures which could be introduced to urgently improve cashflow in the Scottish construction industry, as of 22 April 2020.

CJRS and furlough guidance

This guide provides updated information about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and advises how to apply, as of 20 April 2020.

Contractual guidance

This guide outlines the current position on contracts, as of 3 April 2020.

Work in commercial properties

This guide outlines recommended operating procedures, as of 26 April 2021.

Letter to domestic customers

A letter which you should send to any domestic customer before you start work, explaining how they and your operative will be protected, as of 27 March 2020.

Letter to commercial customers

A letter which you should send to your commercial customer before you start work, explaining how they and your operative will be protected, as of 27 March 2020.

Important notice: The information on this website has a number of date-sensitive documents and you should always use the most up to date copy. The documents have been prepared by way of guidance and anyone who proposes to use them should consider the details based on their businesses obligations and, if necessary, take independent advice either from their own trade or professional body or legal advisors.  This will of course include recognition of all relevant health and safety legislation. Again, your trade or professional body will be able to assist with this.