Completing a project

10 March 2021

What’s the difference between “sectional completion” and “partial possession”?

Covid mist disinfection

8 March 2021

Our cleaning contractor has suggested we can disinfect the premises for Covid-19 using a mist treatment process. Is this the case and what precautions do we need to take if using this treatment process?

Coronavirus — the Government’s furlough scheme

5 March 2021

I may have to lay off a significant number of my staff as a result of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. I understand that I can obtain financial help from the Government. Can you summarise the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention (“Furlough”) Scheme for me?

Low-level asbestos waste

2 March 2021

As part of the refurbishment of a Victorian industrial building, we are cleaning and reusing many of the original roof tiles. During the 1980s these were coated with a bitumen-based substance to prolong the life of the roof. We were dismayed when samples of the coating were found to contain low levels of asbestos.

Fortunately, the concentration is too low to bring the work within the asbestos licensing regime. The laboratory has also told us that the material is not notifiable. Does this mean that we can dispose of the waste with the rest of the construction waste from the site, or does it have to be dealt with separately?

Face shield v face covering

23 February 2021

Employees are required to wear face coverings due to the nature of their work. An employee has asked if they can use a face shield rather than a face covering. Is this allowed?

Employee refusing to come to work due to Covid

17 February 2021

An employee has stated that they feel at risk commuting and coming into work while the coronavirus is still circulating. In refusing to come to work the employee has cited protection “under section 44”. What is this and what should we be doing?

Improving Covid-secure behaviour

10 February 2021

We regularly review concerns raised by employees and other stakeholders in respect of the Covid-secure measures we are adopting. Most concerns relate to how individuals are behaving, ie not following the measures required. What can we do to improve behaviour?

Better communication when wearing masks

3 February 2021

We have public access buildings. Our employees and service users are required to wear face coverings and observe social distancing. Feedback suggests this is impeding communication and creating frustration. How can we improve communication in these circumstances?

PPE for agency workers

2 February 2021

During busier times of the year we depend on agency workers to undertake tasks at short notice working alongside our employees. The work requires the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE). Should the employment agency be providing the PPE for these temporary workers or should we?

Wearing hard hats on site — any exemptions?

28 January 2021

I am the manager of a busy construction site. Our site rules include the wearing of high visibility vests or jackets, protective boots and hard hats. I have been told by one of my workers that he does not need to wear a hard hat due to being a member of a religious group. Is that true?