15 May 2020


This week, MPA launched two new pocket guides, for Managers and Employees, which are bespoke to our sector. They are specifically designed to support members in keeping employees, contractors, suppliers and customers safe as site operations adapt to the restrictions of COVID-19 and become COVID secure. Following this guidance will enable the industry to continue to supply essential materials to the construction industry as activity increases.

Drawing on expert industry advice and techniques, they have been prepared by the MPA Health & Safety team with support from the MPA Health and Safety Committee. A comprehensive Handbook will be available soon and further resources, including posters, are anticipated.

Based around ‘10 Rules of Engagement’ designed to defend employees at work, they are as follows:

For Managers

An A5 pocket guide with guidance for local managers to assist them as they prepare workplaces for start-up or continuing operation. Outlining the steps they need to take to help everyone on site maintain social distancing and to mitigate the hazards associated with COVID-19, it includes both practical measures and recommendations on how to reinforce safe behaviours. Copies should be made available to all managers with responsibility for operations and premises.

For Employees

An A5 pocket guide, using relatable graphics, designed for members to circulate to employees to help them to understand the behaviours that they need to adopt to keep themselves, their families, colleagues and the public safe as they go about their daily work. In addition to the ’10 Rules of Engagement’, the pocket guide covers activities from the time they leave home, through the working day and to their safe return.

The two pocket guides are complementary and mirror each other.



A comprehensive Handbook will be circulated later this week. Aimed at Directors and Managers,  it will provide guidance on operating safely and provide links/references to useful resources  including those from Government and the HSE.

Further information

These resources are designed to stand alone, or, members may wish to take the resources and use them as a basis for their own plans and communications.

Download your PDF copies by clicking here or the images above.

For more information please contact Tony Entwistle, MPA Health & Safety Manager:

All documents are available on  and will be regularly reviewed and updated as new guidance and information emerges.