Construction: Protocols in Guatemala

A talk on the prevention of covid-19 infection at the beginning of the working day and the rule of not sharing tools among workers are part of the protocols that companies must comply with in order to operate.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Because of the covid-19 outbreak in the country, the construction industry will have to apply safety and hygiene controls in the coming months. Following these requirements, the Guatemalan Chamber of Industry (CIG) and the Guatemalan Chamber of Construction (CGC) have developed protocols for the operation of the sector.

These protocols, which have been developed by the business chambers, have been transferred to the government so that they can be complemented with the provisions to be applied by the health authorities.

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Janio Rosales, executive director of the CGC, told that "... the construction sector was the first to transfer its proposal to the government and this is what companies are applying when they are reactivated. The measures set out there are based on requirements established by the Health Ministry, as well as the Presidential Provisions issued in the State of Public Calamity and Conred."

According to the documents prepared by the CIG and the CGC, direct contact will be prohibited on the construction sites, the temperature will be taken when the workers enter, no more than 50% of the maximum capacity should be occupied in the work areas, and the staff should be provided with masks and gloves.

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In addition, all tools must be operated with work gloves, lunch hours must be scheduled to maintain social distance and exclusive staff, duly trained and equipped with protective equipment, must be designated to disinfect common areas.

According to Rosales, the sector is currently operating at a capacity of between 60% and 70%, since several companies have carried out their respective procedures and applied the necessary protocols, so as not to interrupt the development of their projects.

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