Coronavirus & Virus Transmission – TOOLBOX TALK

General Hygiene

  • Germs from coughs and sneezes can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours. They are responsible for spreading illnesses.
  • Therefore, it is extremely important to upkeep hygiene and cleanliness practices to ensure the prevention of the spread of viruses. This is especially true for construction sites where equipment and PPE can be shared.
  • To aid with this, sites should provide hygiene wipes, tissues and a closed bin for their disposal.

Virus Transmission– Do’s & Don’t’s


  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel if soap and
    water are not available
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Avoid spitting in public

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.
  • NHS England reports that despite the exact form of transmission being currently unknown, it is likely that the Coronavirus is spread via cough droplets.
  • Therefore, the above measures apply to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • High temperature
  • Shortness of breath

Black text in a double lined black box reading "If the above symptoms apply & you have visited any of the countries listed below in the past 14 days, self-isolate, do not visit a GP surgery and call 111"

For some high-risk countries that have been visited since February 19, you need to be more aware of the symptoms and self-quarantine if needed. For information on these countries, please visit

Once this toolbox talk is completed, all attendees should sign and date a register of attendance.


You can also use the below poster to put up on your site noticeboard.

Coronavirus Advice Poster