COVID-19 Update – January 2021
To all Employees and Subcontractors
In accordance with the latest Government Guidelines, please note the following information regarding the workplace and Covid-19
If you have any queries or need any further information, please let us know as soon as possible.
Stay at home if you have symptoms
You should not come to work if you:
- have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus
- are told to self-isolate (stay at home) by a government test and trace service, because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
- need to self-isolate because someone in your household has symptoms or has tested positive
- need to self-isolate because you have returned to the UKafter a holiday
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
If you cannot work because you have to self-isolate, you must tell your Site Manager as soon as possible, or face a fine of £50. You can also be fined from £1,000 up to a maximum of £10,000 for not self-isolating.
If you are already at work, you should:
- tell your Site Manager immediately and go home
- avoid touching anything, and wash your hands regularly
- cough or sneeze into a tissue and put it in a bin, or if you do not have tissues, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow
- avoid using public transport to travel home, if possible
If you get a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must self-isolate until you get your result. This also applies to anyone in your support bubble
Do not come to work
You must also self-isolate if you cannot get a test
We will require evidence of a negative test before you come back to work.
If you need medical advice about your symptoms
Get help at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
When at Work
When at work, you should make every reasonable effort to comply with the social distancing guidelines set out by the government (2m, or 1m with risk mitigation where 2m is not viable). Where the social distancing guidelines cannot be followed in full, in relation to a particular activity, you should consider whether that activity can be redesigned to maintain a 2m distance or 1m with risk mitigations.
Further mitigating actions include:
– further increasing the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning
– keeping the activity time involved as short as possible
– using screens or barriers to separate people from each other
– using back-to-back or side-to-side working (rather than face-to-face) whenever possible
– reducing the number of people each person has contact with by using ‘fixed teams or partnering’ (so each person works with only a few others)
Where the social distancing guidelines cannot be followed in full, even through redesigning a particular activity, you should consider whether that activity needs to continue, and if so, take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission.
Ensure that steps are taken to avoid the need to unduly raise your voice. This includes refraining from playing music or broadcasts that may encourage shouting as there is the potential for increased risk of transmission from aerosol transmission.
If you must work face-to-face for a sustained period with more than a small group of fixed partners, then your Site Manager will need to assess whether the activity can safely go ahead. No one is obliged to work in an unsafe work environment. In their assessment they should consider whether the people working with you are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.