COVID-19 Risk Assessment
WHO MIGHT BE HARMED?
- Visitors to our premises
- Vulnerable groups/ Elderly, Pregnant workers, those with existing underlying health conditions
- Anyone else who physically comes in to contact with us in relation to our business
- Hand Washing - Hand washing facilities with soap and water are in place
- Drying of hands with disposable paper towels
- Staff are advised to use hand sanitiser upon re-entry to the building, these are supplied at each entrance
- Social Distancing - Reducing the number of persons in any work area to comply with the 2-meter rule where possible as recommended by the public health agency
Details Of Controls
Staff are 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.
Staff are also reminded to catch coughs and sneezes in tissues, avoid touching their face, eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands. Tissues will be made available throughout the workplace.
Staff are encouraged to report any problems with their skin.
Reminders throughout the buildings to reduce the spread of the virus, posters and other materials are available for display.
Frequent cleaning takes place throughout the premises. All touch surfaces are cleaned daily such as door handles, kitchen areas, reception doors, light switches, chairs and desks using appropriate cleaning products and methods.
Changes To Work Patterns
- Taking steps to review work schedules
- Working from home
- Relocating workers to other tasks
- Staggered lunch breaks
- Virtual meetings
- Wearing of gloves
DETAILS OF Changes To Work Patterns
We have redesigned processes to ensure social distancing is in place.
Conference calls are to be used instead of face-to-face meetings.
We are ensuring sufficient rest breaks for staff.
Social distancing is also adhered to in kitchen areas and restroom facilities.
Where the risk assessment identifies the wearing of gloves as a requirement of the job, an adequate supply of these is provided. Staff are instructed on the safe removal and disposal of contaminated gloves. Staff are also reminded that wearing gloves is not a substitute for good hand washing.
Staff are discouraged from sharing vehicles wherever possible.
Dealing With Symptoms of Covid-19
If anyone becomes unwell with a new persistent 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 Board of Directors 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.
Line managers will offer support to staff who are affected by Coronavirus or who have a family member affected. Messages through line managers will be carried out regularly to reassure and support employees in a fast-changing situation.
Mental health first aiders are promoting mental health and wellbeing awareness to staff during the Coronavirus outbreak and will offer whatever support they can to help.
Regular communication of mental health information and open-door policy for those who need additional support are offered to all staff.