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Gradual Resumption of Construction Work in Singapore from 2 June

Infra News - Published on Tue, 19 May 2020

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The Building and Construction Authority will allow construction work in Singapore to resume in a controlled manner in phases after the COVID-19 circuit breaker period ends on 1 June 2020. A gradual resumption is necessary, to minimise the risk of new COVID-19 outbreaks among construction workers. From 2 June 2020, BCA will gradually allow more construction projects to resume. These would be projects that cannot be left idle for too long due to safety concerns, and critical and time-sensitive projects, such as MRT and Deep Tunnel Sewerage System tunnelling projects. Previously suspended residential renovation works will also be allowed to resume. BCA expects about another 5% of the construction workforce to gradually resume work in the month of June ie a total of 10% of the construction workforce

All works will require approval from BCA before they can restart. Migrant workers in the construction industry must be tested before they are allowed to return to work. In addition, construction projects must put in place adequate safe management measures.

Employers will be required to demonstrate their ability to meet the following three COVID-Safe restart criteria before projects are allowed to restart:

· COVID-Safe Workforce: e.g. employers to establish a system to track the daily health status of workers, and to manage workers’ interactions on rest days; regular COVID-19 testing for the workforce.

· COVID-Safe Worksite: e.g. worksites to use national digital check-in system SafeEntry to record all entries and exits; strict safe management measures to be enforced at worksites to prevent outbreaks, such as segregating workers by teams into different work zones, and having staggered breaks.

· COVID-Safe Worker Accommodation and Transport: e.g. cohorting of workers by projects at their places of accommodation; providing dedicated transport between work sites and places of accommodation.

BCA is working closely with the industry and the relevant Trade Associations and Chambers to develop these criteria.

Since the circuit breaker period began on 7 April 2020, most construction work has been suspended. Currently, only about 5% of the construction workforce are working on very small number of critical infrastructure projects, and those that have to continue for safety reasons.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 19 May 2020
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