Antic London accepts its responsibilities for premises & sites operating during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic need to ensure they are protecting their workforce and minimising the risk of spread of infection.
This policy is intended to introduce consistent measures in premises and sites of all sizes in line with the Government’s recommendations on social distancing.
These are exceptional circumstances and we will comply with the latest Government advice on Coronavirus at all times.
The Management have at the first instance carefully looked at the business and enabled all those who can and who should work from home to do so. Where this has not been possible, the business has undertaken a risk assessment to make the working environment as safe as it possible can to follow the Government’s guidance on Corona Virus. A risk assessment has been undertaken prior to any business activities resuming, a copy of this is available at each site, has been shared with all staff and is also available on our website.
The health and safety requirements of any business activity must also not be compromised at this time. If an activity cannot be undertaken safely due to a lack of suitably qualified personnel being available or social distancing being implemented, it should not take place.
Managers should remind the workforce at every opportunity of the Operating Procedures which are aimed at protecting them, their colleagues, their families and the UK population.
If a premises is not consistently implementing the measures set out below, it may be required to shut down.
This policy will be reviewed annually and revised as necessary in response to changes in legislation or guidance on methods of working. Employee’s, contractors, suppliers, and consultants are all required to cooperate with us in making this policy work.
Anyone who meets one of the following criteria should not come to site:
- Has a high temperature or a new persistent cough – follow the guidance on self-isolation
- Is a vulnerable person (by virtue of their age, underlying health condition, clinical condition or are pregnant)
- Is living with someone in self-isolation or a vulnerable person.
Procedure if Someone Falls Ill
If a worker develops a high temperature or a persistent cough while at work, they should:
- Return home immediately
- Avoid touching anything
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue and put it in a bin, or if they do not have tissues, cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbow.
They must then follow the guidance on self-isolation and not return to work until their period of self-isolation has been completed.
Travel to Work
Wherever possible workers should travel to site alone using their own transport and sites need to consider:
- Other means of transport to avoid public transport e.g. cycling
- Providing hand cleaning facilities at entrances and exits. This should be soap and water wherever possible or hand sanitiser if water is not available
- How someone taken ill would get home.
Building Access Points
- Stop all non-essential visitors
- Consider introducing staggered start and finish times to reduce congestion and contact at all times
- Monitor access points to enable social distancing – We may need to change the number of access points, either increase to reduce congestion or decrease to enable monitoring
- Require all workers to wash or clean their hands before entering or leaving the site
- Allow plenty of space (two metres) between people waiting to enter site
- Regularly clean common contact surfaces particularly during peak flow times
- Ensure soap and fresh water is readily available and kept topped up at all times
- Provide hand sanitiser where hand washing facilities are unavailable
- Regularly clean the hand washing facilities and check soap and sanitiser levels
Premises will need extra supplies of soap, hand sanitiser and paper towels and these should be securely stored.
- Restrict the number of people using toilet facilities at any one time e.g. Signage
- Wash hands before and after using the facilities
- Enhance the cleaning regimes for toilet facilities particularly door handles, locks and the toilet flush
- Provide suitable and sufficient rubbish bins for hand towels with regular removal and disposal.
Avoiding Close Working
There will be situations where it is not possible or safe for workers to distance themselves from each other by 2 metres.
- Non-essential physical work that requires close contact between workers should not be carried out
- Work requiring skin to skin contact should not be carried out
- Plan all other work to minimise contact between workers
- Re-usable PPE should be thoroughly cleaned after use and not shared between workers
- If necessary, barriers & screens in place to protect those who cannot work 2M apart
- Single use PPE should be disposed of so that it cannot be reused
- Stairs should be used in preference to lifts or hoists
- Where lifts or hoists must be used:
- Lower their capacity to reduce congestion and contact at all times
- Regularly clean touchpoints, doors, buttons etc.
- Increase ventilation in enclosed spaces
- Virtual meetings if possible in the first instance
- Only absolutely necessary meeting participants should attend
- Attendees should be two metres apart from each other
- Rooms should be well ventilated / windows opened to allow fresh air circulation
- Consider holding meetings in open areas where possible.
- Enhanced cleaning procedures should be in place across the site, particularly in communal areas and at touch points including:
- Taps and washing facilities
- Toilet flush and seats
- Door handles and push plates
- Hand rails on staircases and corridors
- Lift and hoist controls
- Machinery and equipment controls
- Food preparation and eating surfaces
- Telephone equipment
- Keyboards, photocopiers and other office equipment
- Rubbish collection and storage points should be increased and emptied regularly throughout and at the end of each day.