This statement is to confirm Bradley-Mason’s continuation plan during this period of lock down.
We are commercial building surveyors who are required to visit sites to carry out surveys as part of our core business.
As confirmed on the 23/03/20, the Minister of State for Security at the Home Office, confirmed our Employees status as Key Workers during this pandemic. “Security & fire safety personnel can play a vital role at this time of national challenge. People working in these sectors who are essential to national infrastructure are “Key Workers” for the purposes of the Government’s guidance on COVID-19”
The work our Surveyors undertake ‘cannot be done from home’ and we will require our operatives be provided uninterrupted and unrestricted travel to and from their place of work, our suppliers premises and our customers sites throughout this time of restricted travel. Our services are critical to the COVID-19 response, and are critical to the operation of our customers within the critical sectors detailed by the Cabinet Office including; Health & Social Care (NHS), Education & Childcare, Key Public Services, Local & National Government, Food & Other Necessary Goods, Public Safety & National Security, Transport, Utilities, communication and financial services. Further to recent government guidelines we are undertaking limited site surveys where they are unavoidable and absolutely required for legal and health & safety reasons. These are for our clients who are providing core supplies including Tesco, Booker and Budgens food, Wolseley and Travis Perkins for essential building supplies and Halfords for car repairs.
If our ability, to deliver our Key Services through our Key Workers, to the identified Critical Sectors is disrupted then it will place those working within the Critical Sectors at risk and may result in a disruption in their ability to support us in overcoming this crisis.
We have put the following measures in place, specifically in relation to site inspections:
- We will attend if access is possible without third party involvement i.e. meeting on site. Preferably keys left in a safe place or sent to us.
- Follow the lone worker policy and ensure someone in the office is aware of a surveyor being on site and takes responsibility for keeping in contact.
- Travel will be in surveyor’s own vehicle and no public transport will be used.
- Travel is within a reasonable driving distance to prevent stop off at services if possible.
- If a stop is required, surveyors will follow government guidelines keeping 2 metres from anyone and should only be for the toilet.
- Surveyors will take food and drink with them instead of using food outlets.
- Surveyors will use gloves when filling up their vehicles.
- The building should be un-occupied to mitigate any risk of breaching social distancing guidelines.
- Government guidelines regarding washing hands are to be followed, with the use of gloves and masks if required.
On the basis this is an evolving situation, we are keeping the matter under constant review.
Julian Mason BSc (Hons) MRICS MCIOB