We’re up there with you: resources for roofers

The disruption caused by COVID-19 has affected businesses across the country and has heavily disrupted the roofing industry. At BMI UK & Ireland, we are making a firm commitment to roofers with a clear message: we are up there with you.

With all of this disruption, worry and uncertainty we’ve put together some resources for roofers affected by COVID-19. These should help you get the support you need to get back out there and back on track.

Financial support

If your business has been affected by COVID-19 you may be able to apply for government support. Click this link to the government’s business support finder tool and see if you’re eligible. https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder
Small to medium businesses like yours can apply for:

  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme
  • HMRC Time to Pay, VAT Deferral
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Bounce Back Loan Scheme
  • Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (If less than 250 employees)
  • Small Business Grant Fund.

CITB skills stability plan

The CITB skills stability plan is a business plan which sets out the CITB’s actions in the wake of the pandemic. In it, they announce no one will pay any Levy until September and the levy can be paid over 12 months.

Take a look at their PDF to learn more about how the changes can affect you. https://www.citb.co.uk/documents/about-us/missions_plans/skills_stability_plan.pdf

Health advice

Construction workers can get tested for symptoms of COVID-19 by either self-referring or being referred by their employers.

Self-referral: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/test-type

Employer referral: email portalservicedesk@dhsc.gov.uk with your business name, region, names and email addresses of users.

Handwashing on site

Handwashing has been proven to be one of the most effective methods of limiting the spread of COIVD-19. However, handwashing on site is not always easy.

Alcohol-based hand wash or a wash with soap and water should always be available on site. If not, speak to your Health and Safety manager and insist on one.

It’s easy to forget to wash hands during a job – so make sure you keep these tips in mind:

  • Wash your hands whenever you move from a task to a break. For example before taking lunch.
  • Wash your hands whenever you remove your gloves.
  • Wash your hands when you get home from site.
  • Wash anytime you cough or blow your nose.

Site advice

When working on site, the site manager should keep records of shift patterns and visitors for 21 days for the government’s test and trace programme. This record must include the names of staff on site along with contact details, the dates and times of their shifts and also a log of visitors with phone numbers and times on site.

For general construction site safety:

The government has issued guidance for working safely during COVID-19 specificlaly for those on construction sites. You can download the guide here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/construction-and-other-outdoor-work

Help from BMI UK & Ireland

To help you get back on track, we can assist with specifications and other technical challenges. To see ways we can help support you, visit this page and learn more about our campaign.

We’re up there with you: resources for roofers