Contracting Sector Protocols – Existing Projects

Entering the Site

  • Prohibit employees whose temperature exceeds [38 Celsius degrees] from entering the worksite.
  • Prohibit employees at high risk of infection (as per the definition attached in Appendix No. 1) from coming to work and oblige them to work from home.
  • Building operators and site managers should require maintenance personnel to follow preventive measures to prevent infection:
  • Assign a “Protocol Manager” or restructure a security team at building entrances, to conduct checkups for employees.
  • Form a security team to conduct checkups in residential buildings.
  • In commercial buildings, a dedicated team should be assigned to conduct checkups (evaluation) on employees.
  • Reform the security teams at the buildings’ entrances to conduct an effective checkup for the employees.
  • Allocate one entrance for employees to ensure supervision over the progress of their entry and facilitate checkups.
  • Maintenance employees are required to wear fabric face masks.
  • The owner or the tenant must not allow the employees to start work without wearing face masks in the absence of a security team in the building.
  • The building operators should inform employees, prior to their arrival, of the checkup procedures and policies followed for entry to the facility.
  • Agree on a delivery protocol with suppliers and transportation companies, and make sure to inform them before their arrival at the residential buildings of the examination and safety and prevention measures.

Field Precautionary Measures for Employees

  • Ensure adequate ventilation is provided at construction and closed maintenance sites.
  • Prohibit staying overnight in construction and maintenance sites.
  • The lunch breaks should be spent inside the buildings and intertwined between employees. Closed dining rooms could be opened only in a very hot weather with the application of restaurant protocols.

Common Areas

  • Conduct regular checkups of employees on site.
  • Determine the number of people allowed to use the elevators at the same time to avoid congestion [one person per 4 meters maximumly, of the elevator’s interior space].
  • It is recommended to ensure a good operating condition of the ventilation systems and to conduct routine maintenance.
  • Clean and disinfect the workplace after the end of the maintenance work.
  • Assign employees to clean frequently touched surfaces in common areas, and ensure they are disinfected regularly.
  • Allocate toilets at employees’ sites to avoid crowding in non-residential buildings.

Direct Repair Services for Homes / Employees

  • Maintenance work related to air quality or central air conditioning cycle can be resumed within workplaces and residential units.
  • Non-essential maintenance work can be resumed.
  • Social distancing (a distance of one and a half meters) must be ensured when providing housing services between employees and tenants.
  • The non-urgent construction services provision is subject to appropriate administrative approvals.


  • With the continuous screening and isolation procedures that occur according to the approved protocols, (Tawakkalna) application is used to ensure the employee’s health status concerning COVID-19 disease. If the employee’s status is positive or in contact with a positive case, all this will appear at the application, will not be allowed to enter the workplace.
  • The employee can return to work after he completely recovers and checking that by updating his status in Tawakkalna application.
  • Inform the residential building management or the employer of any positive cases among site employees who visited the site.
  • Keep a schedule of site employees’ entry and exit details [name, identity, and entry and exit times].
  • The supervisor should ensure that inspections are performed, and that cases of non-compliance with personal protective equipment protocols are detected before entering buildings.
  • If a confirmed infection is registered among employees, the protocols approved by the Ministry of Health, and the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control must be applied.


  • Provide mandatory training courses for all employees on health and prevention of COVID-19 and how to deal with building services (with the aim of preserving community safety).
  • Assign a protocol manager on-site to check for dangerous situations and issue alerts for violations of COVID-19 protocols.
  • Conduct surprise checks on compliance with protocols at construction and maintenance sites.
Appendix (1): Groups at higher risk of infection