Spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus
Visitors to your premises
Vulnerable groups – Elderly, Pregnant workers,
those with existing underlying health conditions
Anyone else who physically comes in contact with
you in relation to your business
· Hand washing facilities with soap and water in place.
· Gel sanitisers in any area where washing facilities not
Frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces
that are touched regularly particularly in areas of high
use such as door handles, light switches, reception area
using appropriate cleaning products and methods.
Social Distancing -Reducing the number of persons in any
work area to comply with the 2-metre (6.5 foot) gap
recommended by the Public Health Agency
Taking steps to review work schedules including start &
finish times/shift patterns, working from home etc. to
reduce number of workers on site at any one time. Also
relocating workers to other tasks.
Redesigning processes to ensure social distancing in place.
Conference calls to be used instead of face to face
Ensuring sufficient rest breaks for staff.
Social distancing also to be adhered to in canteen area and
Wearing of Gloves
Where Risk Assessment identifies wearing of gloves as a
requirement of the job, an adequate supply of these will be
provided. Staff will be instructed on how to remove gloves
carefully to reduce contamination and how to dispose of
Public Health guidance on the use of PPE (personal
protective equipment) to protect against COVID-19
relates to health care settings. In all other settings
individuals are asked to observe social distancing
measures and practice good hand hygiene behaviours
Where RPE is a requirement for risks associated with the
work undertaken the following measures will be followed-
Tight-fitting respirators (such as disposable FFP3 masks
and reusable half masks) rely on having a good seal with
the wearer’s face. A face fit test will be carried out to
ensure the respiratory protective equipment (RPE) can
protect the wearer.
Wearers must be clean shaven.
Symptoms of Covid-19
If anyone becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or a
high temperature in the workplace they will be sent home
and advised to follow the stay at home guidance.
Line managers will maintain regular contact with staff
members during this time.
If advised that a member of staff or public has developed
Covid-19 and were recently on our premises the management
team of the workplace will contact the Public Health
Authority to discuss the case, identify people who have
been in contact with them and will take advice on any
actions or precautions that should be taken.
Procedures in place for Drivers to ensure adequate welfare
facilities available during their work - Reference
COVID-19-guidance on freight transport.
Persons should not share vehicles or cabs, where suitable
distancing cannot be achieved.
Management will promote mental health & wellbeing
awareness to staff during the Coronavirus outbreak and will
offer whatever support they can to help
Employees to be reminded on a regular basis to wash their
hands for 20 seconds with water and soap and the importance
of proper drying with disposable towels. Also reminded to
catch coughs and sneezes in tissues – Follow Catch it, Bin
it, Kill it and to avoid touching face, eyes, nose or mouth
with unclean hands. Tissues will be made available
throughout the workplace.
Encourage staff to report any problems and carry out skin
checks as part of a skin surveillance programme
To help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)
reminding everyone of the public health advice -
Rigorous checks will be carried out by line managers to
ensure that the necessary procedures are being followed.
Staff to be reminded on a daily basis of the importance of
social distancing both in the workplace and outside of it.
Management checks to ensure this is adhered to.
Staff to be reminded that wearing of gloves is not a
substitute for good hand washing.
To minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 during
face-fit testing the following additional measures should
be carried out –
Both the fit tester and those being fit tested should wash
their hands before and after the test.
Those being fit tested with non-disposable masks should
clean the mask themselves before and immediately after the
test using a suitable disinfectant cleaning wipe (check
with manufacturer to avoid damaging the mask).
Test face pieces that cannot be adequately disinfected
(e.g. disposable half masks) should not be used by more
than one individual.
Fit testers should wear disposable gloves when undertaking
cleaning of the tubes, hoods etc. and ensure they remove
gloves following the correct procedure (PDF)
Internal communication channels and cascading of messages
through line managers will be carried out regularly to
reassure and support employees in a fast changing
Line managers will offer support to staff who are affected
by Coronavirus or has a family member affected.
Communicate with companies we deliver to/from to ensure
welfare facilities will be available to our drivers.
Allowing delivery drivers adequate breaks to avail of
proper welfare facilities.
Regular communication of mental health information and open
door policy for those who need additional support.
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