How to Work in Homes Safely during COVID-19

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Not sure about all the rules and restrictions for tradespeople working in or to other peoples’ homes, then this is for you! Here we have put together some guidance for you on how to work in-home such as utility engineers, domestic cleaners, furniture delivery and furniture installations. 

Is my work still essential under the current restrictions?

Working in other people’s homes must only be carried out in line with the regulations. Which is limited to the services such as upkeep, maintenance or functioning of the home, for situations where work is essential.

The kind of essential work  includes:

  • Utility engineers and telecoms workers for safety checks, repairs, maintenance and installations.
  • Urgent repairs and maintenance.
  • Pest control
  • Delivery, installation and repair of key household furniture and appliances such as washing machine, refrigerator, cooker etc.
  • Provision of health, medical and veterinary care.
  • Services in moving home.
  • Domestic cleaner providing services in support of a clean and safe living environment for people in vulnerable circumstance.

Work that is not essential in people’s homes are:

  • Cosmetic painting/ decorating/ interior design
  • Interior remodelling
  • Measuring, fitting or replacement of kitchens/ bathrooms/carpets or windows
  • Installing smart meters, where the current meters continue to function safely
  • Taking meter readings

What steps do I need to take to protect myself and others when I'm working in someone else’s home?

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If you do work in other peoples homes you must:

  • Stay 2 metres apart
  • Make sure there is good ventilation – windows open
  • Wearing face coverings
  • Wash hands before, during and after the job
  • Contact tracing people and  appropriate self-isolation when needed

These are the most effective means of preventing transmission of the virus and saving lives.

Can I have clients/ customers in my home?

If your job is meeting with customers or clients in your or their homes, then you or they should be using remote working tools where possible. If you need to make face to face meetings with your clients/customers then you to make sure that it’s totally essential and can’t be done remotely. This because l=most of your clients/customers are required to stay at home, so unless it is for an essential purpose that they must travel to your home by breaking the restrictions. If this is not possible make sure you have set up are the plans to make your needs and their needs happen.

Let us know if you followed any of these tips or did something we haven’t mentioned below, we would love to hear from you! 

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