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Keeping safe on the frontline – Covid-19

April 15th, 2020 Category: Company News Covid-19 Staff

Nviro would like to express our enormous gratitude for the dedication of our front-line team continuing to deliver safe, clean and hygienic environments, in the battle against COVID-19. Your safety at work is paramount to us and we would like you to follow the below carefully.

PPE

  • You should wear gloves that you have been supplied with.
  • You should wear any additional PPE in line with the current H&S method statement.
  • The Government do not currently advise you to wear a facemask, as there is very little evidence of widespread benefit from the use of face masks outside of the clinical or care settings. To be effective, face masks must be worn correctly, changed frequently, removed properly, disposed of safely and used in combination with good universal hygiene behaviour. However, if you would like to wear a mask whilst working, please speak to your Line Manager who will supply you with one, but you must ensure you wash your hands before putting on and removing the mask, otherwise this can increase hand to mouth and nose cross contamination.

The following guidelines have been proved to be more effective than PPE in stopping the spread of the virus and this advice should be followed at all times if you are required to attend work:

Hygiene

  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water for 20 seconds, and especially after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing, on arrival at work, before and after eating, after using public transport, and when you arrive home. Where facilities to wash your hands are not available, hand sanitiser should be used.
  • Wash your hands before signing into work, and put your gloves on, to avoid any cross contamination.
  • Avoid touching your face at all times whilst at work, in particular your mouth, eyes and nose.
  • Disinfect touch points on any cleaning machinery or tools before using them.
  • Open the windows of enclosed spaces for ventilation (and close them when finished, making sure these touch points are cleaned afterwards).

Social distancing on site

  • You should keep 2 metres apart from your work colleagues and other building users, as much as possible, this incudes when signing in and out of work.
  • You should not congregate with colleagues in break times or within the cleaning cupboard.
  • You should avoid the ‘team cleaning’ technique and clean away from others. Where this is not possible, you should clean facing away from each other, or side by side, rather than face to face.
  • Where face-to-face contact is essential, this should be kept to 15 minutes or less wherever possible.
  • You should try to use stairs in preference to lifts where possible. If using a lift, you should, where possible, use it one at a time, remembering to clean any touch points.
  • If you are using a company vehicle, you should limit this to 2 people in one vehicle, and, where possible, keep the same crew in the same vehicle rather than rotating. Where possible you should always wash your hands before entering a company vehicle.
  • Remember you should only come into work if you are well, and neither you or a household member has symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or a new persistent cough).

Travelling to and from work

  • Where possible you should walk or cycle to work rather than use public transport.
  • If you are using public transport you should avoid rush hour is possible, and try to maintain the 2 metre rule away from any other passenger.
  • When using a private vehicle to get to work, cars should only be shared by members of the same household.
  • Those who normally share a car with people who are not members of their own household to get to work, should consider alternatives such as walking, cycling and public transport where you maintain a distance of 2 metres from others.
  • Where there is no option but to share a car with people who are not part of the same household, journeys should be shared with the same individuals and with the minimum number of people at any one time.
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