Pinington Limited Covid-19 update 18th May 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Policy Statement
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now officially classified as a pandemic and is affecting lives and work around the globe. The company is committed to protecting all employees, their families, consultants, contractors, clients and visitors and alleviating the spread of this virus. The purpose of this policy is to explain these measures and how you can assist us in our efforts to promote a safe and healthy environment both at work and at home.
What is Coronavirus?
As Per the World Health Organization (WHO), Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
The Company Will:
- Keep employees updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace
- Issue employees with regular updates along with posters to promote good hand hygiene displayed on sites.
- Ensure employees who are in an extremely vulnerable group and should be shielded are supported to stay at home
- Make sure managers know how to spot symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are clear on any relevant processes, for example sickness reporting and procedures in case someone in the workplace is potentially infected and needs to take the appropriate action
- Provide hand sanitation stations and PPE for staff and insist they use them
- Regularly remind employees that wearing RPE must not lead to unwanted changes in behaviour which undermine social distancing measures and thorough hygiene practice – the two most effective control measures against viral spread.
- Provide training to all staff to ensure the procedure for putting on and removing PPE and RPE is fully understood.
Prevention & Protection against Coronavirus
The following required actions must be observed by all employees regardless of where or in what capacity they work in order to protect themselves and others from Coronavirus
General Hygiene & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Employees should practice good hygiene by:
- Regularly washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Coughing/sneezing into a tissue, or upper sleeve, not in hands.
- Avoid touching your face unless your hands are clean
- Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces including: Tools, Vans, Work stations and Door knobs/handles.
- Single use PPE should be disposed of so that it cannot be reused
- Re-usable PPE should be thoroughly cleaned after use and not shared between workers
Working on Site
- Practice ‘social distancing’ or maintaining distance from people as much as is practically possible (2M if you can).
- Non-essential physical work that requires close contact between workers should not be carried out
- Plan all other work to minimise contact between workers
- Keep groups of workers together as teams (e.g. try not to change workers within teams)
- Increase ventilation in enclosed areas (e.g. open windows where possible)
- If you do have to work together limit time and wear appropriate PPE/ RPE.
- Site staff must not congregate in numbers.
- Employees who are showing cold or flu symptoms such as coughing, sneezing or fever or a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste should remain at home and follow NHS/ Public Health England guidance immediately.
- Employees with any family members showing cold or flu symptoms should stay home and seek NHS/ Public Health England guidance.
- If an employee becomes unwell in workplace with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they will be separated from other employees and sent home.
Working from Home
- If an outbreak becomes severe enough, a mandatory “Work from Home” policy may be put into effect and will continue until conditions improve within guidance per local health and/or governmental bodies.
- If an employee needs to care for a family member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they will be required to work from home, where possible, for at least 7 days after the family member has fully recovered and it has been determined by a medical professional that the employee has not been infected.
If an outbreak becomes severe enough, employee travel may be partially or fully restricted until conditions improve. Pinington will use virtual meeting technologies to continue work that would normally be conducted onsite.
If you have been diagnosed with Coronavirus
If an employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they may not return to the office until after full recovery has been confirmed by a medical professional.
Pinington recognize that a diagnosis does not mean an employee is unable to work. Therefore, until full recovery is confirmed, if the employee is able to work, they may do so from home, per approval of the Directors.
Breaches of This Policy
Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct. We may terminate our relationship with other Suppliers, individuals and organisations working with us or on our behalf if they breach this policy.
Tom Pinington has overall responsibility for the Coronavirus COVID-19 Policy and will ensure that the policy is properly implemented, monitored and periodically reviewed, in accordance with the relevant statutory provisions.
Signed Date: 18th May 2020