As I am sure you are all aware the COVID – 19 pandemic is still a major issue throughout the nation and globally and recent information shows that there has been a resurgence in cases, with over 3000 new cases per day, with this in mind Space Interior Systems Senior Management have taken their responsibilities and legal duties as an employer extremely seriously and are continuously monitoring the latest government guidance.
Currently the following guidance is applicable to all Space Interior Systems staff.
Keep staff and visitors safe by:
- Minimising cross-contamination
- Using remote/satellite offices (Regency Space)
- Encouraging good hygiene
- Continue Implementing social distancing (2 metre)
- Using tele/video conferencing
- Avoiding public transport
- Implementing work at home if possible
- Identifying staff who are at increased risk of severe illness from the epidemic/pandemic
The government still require you to comply with the public campaign to prevent further spread of the virus, HANDS, FACE, and SPACE.
In addition to these measures SIS will require ALL personnel to have their temperature taken and recorded at reception when entering the offices using an infrared thermometer this is due to the government detecting an increase in cases and national outbreaks. If your temperature is found to outside of the normal range (38c or above as stated by NHS) you will be asked to leave the premises and contact 111 and explain that you have a symptom of the infection, you must then follow any guidance given.
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.
When to self-isolate
Self-isolate immediately if:
- you have any symptoms of COVID-19(a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- you've tested positive for COVID-19 – this means you have the virus
- someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive
- someone in your childcare or support bubble has symptoms and you’ve been in close contact with them since their symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started
- someone in your childcare or support bubble tested positive and you’ve been in close contact with them since they had the test or in the 48 hours before their test
- you've been told you've been in contact with someone who tested positive – find out what to do if you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
- you have arrived in England from abroad (not including Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or other parts of the UK) – see UK: how to quarantine when you arrive in England
To help reduce contact and infection risk our primary goal will be to hold video/teleconferencing, this advice has not changed, however where this is not possible SIS recognise that there may be a requirement for face-to-face meetings from time to time in such cases the following additional requirements are to be implemented:
If a face-to-face meeting or visitors are unavoidable at any one of SIS offices/sites/locations you MUST ask the third party the following questions and record their answers, this would be best achieved via email prior to a meeting if possible.
- Have you been outside of the UK in the last 2 weeks?
- Are you suffering any symptoms of COVID 19 such as a new continuous cough, high temp, and/or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste?
- If you are attending a meeting at any of our offices you are consenting to have your temperature checked and recorded upon arrival.
- You will be required to wear a face covering whilst at any of SIS offices
It is evident that in these unprecedented times we all have a responsibility to comply with the guidance issued by the government so please remember HANDS, FACE and SPACE.
If you still require further information and support please do not hesitate to contact the Health and Safety department/line manager where we will do our best to support you with any concerns or advice you may require.