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Air conditioning and ventilation during the coronavirus outbreak

Air conditioning

The risk of air conditioning spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace is extremely low.

You can continue using most types of air conditioning system as normal. But, if you use a centralised ventilations system that removes and circulates air to different rooms it is recommended that you turn off recirculation and use a fresh air supply.

You do not need to adjust air conditioning systems that mix some of the extracted air with fresh air and return it to the room as this increases the fresh air ventilation rate. Also, you do not need to adjust systems in individual rooms or portable units as these operate on 100% recirculation.

If you’re unsure, ask the advice of your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineer or adviser.

General ventilation

Employers must, by law, ensure an adequate supply of fresh air in the workplace and this has not changed.

Good ventilation can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, so focus on improving general ventilation, preferably through fresh air or mechanical systems.

Where possible, consider ways to increase the supply of fresh air, for example, by opening windows and doors (unless fire doors).

Also consider if you can improve the circulation of outside air and prevent pockets of stagnant air in occupied spaces. You can do this by using ceiling fans, desk fans or opening windows, for example.

The risk of transmission through the use of ceiling and desk fans is extremely low.

Legionella risks during the coronavirus outbreak

Employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to protect people by identifying and controlling risks associated with legionella.

If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.

You should review your risk assessment and and manage the legionella risks when you:

If the water system is still used regularly, maintain the appropriate measures to prevent legionella growth.

You can find out what Legionnaires’ disease is, where it comes from, how people get it and symptoms and treatment by reading our guidance What is Legionnaires’ disease?

Hot and cold water systems

If hot and cold water outlets are used infrequently, flush them weekly to prevent water stagnation. If you cannot do this, work with your competent person or people to ensure systems are cleaned (if required) and disinfected before the building is occupied.

For further guidance read:

Cooling towers and evaporative condensers

You should have reviewed operations in advance and have existing plans in place to ensure safe systems of work continue during any shutdown. This includes ensuring that:

  • adequately trained personnel are available to carry out essential checks and monitoring
  • chemical supplies are maintained and dosed appropriately

Speak to your water treatment company for help and if you need to stop operation of any systems.

If cooling towers and evaporative condensers are likely to be out of operation for:

  • up to a month – isolate fans, but circulate biocidally-treated water around the system for at least an hour each week
  • more than a month – drain down the systems and clean and disinfect them. Clean and disinfect the systems again before refilling and returning to operation

For further guidance read:

Air conditioning units

If your workplace has been closed for an extended period and has air conditioning units that have a source of water that can generate aerosol, you will need to assess the risks of legionella being present within them before restarting.

Small wall or ceiling-mounted units with closed cooling systems should not present a risk.

Larger units may present a risk if they have improperly drained condensate trays, or humidifier or evaporative cooling sections where water can stagnate, becoming a reservoir for bacteria to grow.

When you review your risk assessment, decide what the risks are for your units and if you need to clean them safely, before they are turned on.

Commercial spa pools and hot tubs

If commercial spa pools and hot tubs are:

  • being used, you must maintain the existing control regimes
  • not being used, you should drain, clean and disinfect them. You should also clean and disinfect them before reinstatement

For further guidance read:

Methods of control

Temperature

Temperature control is the main form of control used in hot and cold water systems. However, you may also use biocides such as chlorine dioxide and copper/silver systems.

Biocides and other chemicals

Biocides such as sodium hypochlorite, bromine donors or non-oxidising biocides are typically used in cooling towers or evaporative condensers.

If you’re unable to source certain biocides, there are existing authorised alternatives you can use that do an equally effective job. Your supplier should be able to confirm which products you can use.

In addition to biocides, there may be corrosion inhibitors, scale inhibitors, flocculents, biodispersants, anti-foams, algaecides and other chemicals in use in an effective water treatment programme. Scale can be controlled by water softening as an alternative to scale inhibitors, but this may not be reasonably practicable on larger systems.

Physical methods

You can use physical methods for cooling tower control such as hydrodynamic cavitation, ultrasonic cavitation, TiO2 Advanced Oxidation Process. However, the uptake on those systems has been low to date and they may not suit all systems.

Replacement

You may be able to replace smaller cooling towers and evaporative condensers with dry coolers or dry/wet coolers, which are likely to need no or very little chemicals to safely run. However, there may be a significant capital investment to pay for this and there may also be a long lead time.

Changing control methods: risks to operators

If you change your control methods or strategy, operators may be exposed to additional or different risks. For example, moving from an oxidising biocide to isothiazoline may introduce a new skin sensitisation risk.

HSE would expect you to:

  • review your risk assessments (for legionella and COSHH) and controls
  • increase the level of monitoring during the commissioning of any new controls

Personal protective equipment (PPE) required for cleaning water systems

If you need to clean water systems it’s likely that respiratory protective equipment (RPE) will be needed.

RPE must:

  • be adequate
  • be suitable
  • provide an assigned protection factor of at least 20

Disposable RPE, such as FFP3 respirators used by health and care workers, may be in short supply. If your usual types of RPE are unavailable, you can source alternatives as long as your risk assessment demonstrates they are suitable and adequate for workers and the task.

An alternative could be:

  • a reusable half-mask or full-face respirator fitted with a P3 filter
  • a powered respirator and hood class TH2 or 3
  • a powered respirator and close-fitting full-face mask class TM3
  • an air-fed hood or full-face mask supplied with breathing quality air

You can find more information in our guide Respiratory protective equipment at work (HSG53) (PDF)– Portable Document Format.

Getting specialist help

You may need advice from a competent person and/or specialist to help you identify and implement suitable controls for legionella.

HSE recognises that getting specialist help may be difficult during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re unable to appoint someone with the appropriate authority and competence to oversee the risk controls of water systems, you must consider stopping operation of the systems.

Guidance on using a health and safety consultant or adviser.

Additional sources of information

Professional associations provide guidance that may help you comply with the law.

The Legionella Control Association has published guidance on managing water systems during the coronavirus outbreak.

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) Study Group for Legionella Infections (ESGLI) has also published guidance for managing Legionella during the coronavirus outbreak that you may find useful.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has published guidance on legionella risks during the lockdown and reopening safely (PDF)– Portable Document Format.

The government has also published guidance on managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak (which includes controlling risks associated with Legionella).

Source – HSE

CHAS Statement of Best Practice

CHAS – The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme has recently updated its requirements for all CHAS accredited members regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

All members who have CHAS will be asked, if not already, to complete a mandatory question set around Covid-19. These questions require an acknowledgement that Covid-19 controls have been identified and are being implemented to demonstrate commitment to the Government’s guidelines as well as the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

Questions are as follows:

  • Please confirm that your organisation has reviewed and implemented the new Site Operating Procedures?
  • Please confirm that your staff are aware of and are adopting the new Site Operating Procedures when attending site?
  • Please confirm that your supply chain/contractors are aware of and are adopting the new Site Operating Procedures?

 

As part of this mandatory requirement, any members who have 5 or more staff are required to upload a copy of either their Covid-19 Risk Assessment or a copy of their current Risk Assessment and Method Statements with Covid-19 controls in place.

For those members who have less than 5 employed staff, a statement of how they are managing Covid-19 in the workplace must be uploaded.

Any members who have more than 50 employees also need to show how they have communicated it to their staff.

It appears that all members are being contacted to provide this information.

 

Havio can assist in a wide variety of ways including assistance with completing the CHAS application, carrying out updates to CHAS and carrying out Covid-19 Risk Assessments.

 

Written by Martin Wybrow – Health and Safety Partner

Source – CHAS

Seven ways to maintain a positive organisational health and safety culture during the covid-19 pandemic

Many organisations have had to make some very rapid changes in response to the pandemic. These may have put pressure on their occupational health and safety (OSH) culture, affecting how their working environments, systems, procedures and people interact.

Maintaining a positive OSH culture remains important in motivating, supporting and valuing workers.

Here are some tips for maintaining a positive safety culture.

  • Lead by example: senior managers should keep up to date with the latest government guidance and take the necessary steps to keep their workers safe.
  • Communicate constructively about any necessary steps or changes. Give regular updates to keep workers informed on safety matters, but avoid over-communicating.
  • Maintain openness and honesty about any financial pressures and other organisational concerns. Directness with workers on the organisation’s approach and response to the crisis will have a positive influence on their values, beliefs and attitudes.
  • Listen: make opportunities for workers to voice their concerns and provide answers.
  • Be clear about any variances in changes or activities across different parts of the organisation, but keep in mind any worker vulnerabilities and personal circumstances.
  • Uphold: apply a risk-based approach to new ways of working without undermining previous good practice. Any workplace modifications should make workers feel better protected. Continue to keep workers informed in operational OSH decisions.
  • Manage workers’ health: ensure workers understand procedures in place for sickness or absence and any new reporting expectations. Include any support tools available within the organisation as well as from external sources.

 

Source – IOSH

Mandatory use of face coverings on public transport

It was announced on the 4th June, that after a long period of debate, face coverings will now be mandatory on all public transport in England. Face coverings must now be worn on all forms of public transport from Monday 15th June with fines in place for any person who does not.

Face coverings do not need to be medical grade and can be made of any material.

The Government is still urging the public not to use public transport wherever possible however, where people need to use public transport, because of the potentially enclosed spaces for longer periods of time,  SAGE (The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) has said that the wearing of face coverings can provide some small additional protection.

It is important to note that even with face coverings, the 2-metre social distancing and washing of hands is still important and people should wash their hands or sanitise before putting their face covering on and after taking it off.

Face coverings should cover the mouth and nose and where using disposable masks, these should be properly disposed of in appropriate bins and not re-used. It is recommended that re-useable masks are washed regularly at a minimum of 60ᵒC.

Wearing a face covering

A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.

Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.

Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose. Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.

You should wash a face covering regularly. It can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent.

When wearing a face covering, take care to tuck away any loose ends.

how a cloth covering should fit
How a cloth covering should fit

Making your own face covering

Using a T-shirt

You will need:

  • an old T-shirt that you do not want anymore (ideally size small or extra small)
  • scissors

Step 1: Cut a straight line across the width of the T-shirt (front and back) approximately 20cm from the bottom of the T-shirt.

Cutting a strip from t-shirt

Step 2: From a point 2cm below the top right-hand corner of the fabric, make a 15cm horizontal cut through both sides of the fabric that is parallel to the top of the rectangle.

Step 3: Cut down towards the bottom of the fabric until you reach approximately 2cm above the bottom edge. From here, make another 15cm cut that runs parallel to the bottom of the fabric to make a rectangle that can be discarded.

Cutting a rectangle and tie strings

Step 4: To make the ties, cut open the edge of the 2 long strips of fabric. Unfold the main piece of fabric and place over the mouth and the nose. The 4 strips act as ties to hold the cloth face covering in place and should be tied behind the head and around the neck.

Tying the strings of a face covering behind the head

A sewn cloth face covering

You will need:

  • two 25cm x 25cm squares of cotton fabric
  • two 20cm pieces of elastic (or string or cloth strips)
  • needle and thread
  • scissors
Items you need for a sewn face covering
Items you need for a sewn cloth face covering

Step 1: Cut out two 25cm x 25cm squares of cotton fabric. Stack the 2 squares on top of each other.

Step 2: Fold over one side by 0.75cm and hem, then repeat on the opposite side. Make 2 channels by folding the double layer of fabric over 1.5cm along each side and stitching this down.

How to fold face covering

Step 3: Run a 20cm length of elastic (or string or cloth strip) through the wider hem on each side of the face covering. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle to thread it through. Tie the ends tightly.

Threading the ear loops and sewing into place

If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the covering behind your head.

Step 4: Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the covering on the elastic and adjust so the covering fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping. These elastic loops fit over the ears.

Completed face covering

Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. For example, primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions.

This information is a guide to making a simple face covering. We do not endorse any particular method and other instructions are widely available online. Always take care to use equipment safely to avoid injury. Children should only follow these instructions under the supervision of adults.

 

Written by Martin Wybrow – Health and Safety Partner

Coronavirus-related deaths of 91 NHS workers could be investigated

The deaths of more than 90 health and care workers could be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Sky News has announced.

The HSE has received a growing number of reports of workplace deaths related to COVID-19.

The reports have been formally submitted under RIDDOR, the “Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences”.

An HSE spokesperson said: “In these unprecedented times the NHS and front line workers are under immense pressure doing what they need to do to save lives. We need to put the needs of the NHS first, along with the needs of the families who have lost their loved ones.

“We are committed to getting the most accurate picture possible of all deaths that should be reported to us and are in contact with NHS Trusts.”

They wanted to remain anonymous, but said they welcome the HSE’s involvement, because they have “serious concerns” about the level of protection provided for their relative who worked in a care home.

Sky News has been told a total of 91 RIDDOR reports relating to the deaths of healthcare and social care workers are currently being looked at. The HSE is expecting to receive more in the future.

Of these 91 deaths, 26 have occurred in local authority social care settings. These are big numbers for the HSE. For the whole of last year a total of 147 workplace deaths were investigated. Coronavirus deaths alone could easily match that.

At the start of the outbreak, the HSE issued new coronavirus guidance to employers, which states deaths must be reported if they’re connected to “occupational exposure to coronavirus”.

The HSE will examine whether the RIDDOR reported deaths meet the criteria for a full investigation.

If they do, the HSE will evaluate whether the workplace did enough to protect staff from the virus.

One private health and safety investigator, Martin Marmoy-Haynes, told Sky News: “The onus is on the employer to say here is my risk assessment, we carefully looked at this. We considered the access, social distancing, the signage, the one way routes. We did everything that is reasonably practicable.”

Meanwhile some families are instructing lawyers to start private proceedings against hospital trusts or care providers.

The law firm Irwin Mitchell is handling a number of cases. One of their personal injury lawyers, David Johnson-Keay said his clients have many unanswered questions.

“Provision of PPE is a big issue and one of the big questions we are being asked about. Were they provided with proper PPE? Was it fit for purpose? And if not, why was that the case?” he said.

It will take time for the HSE to consider each of the reported deaths. But if it decides to investigate it has the power to fine or even prosecute NHS trusts or care providers which break the health and safety rules.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) says it has set up an independent process to ensure deaths of staff are being reported to the HSE.

In a statement, a Department of Health spokesperson said: “The safety of our NHS and social care staff is paramount and employers should follow their legal duty to report the deaths of any staff who die as a result of exposure to coronavirus from their work to the Health and Safety Executive.

“In addition, we are introducing a new process for medical examiners to scrutinise the deaths of health and care staff.

“During this global pandemic we have been working around the clock to ensure PPE is delivered as quickly as possible to those on the front line”.

Source – Sky News

Reducing the spread of infection in the workplace

In these unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever that businesses take the right measures to ensure their facilities are hygienic and that employees are safe. Those businesses that have temporarily closed and are starting to plan for when they can reopen, should think about what the workplace will look like post lockdown, and proactively take steps to ensure they reopen in the most hygienic way possible, according to Jamie Woodhall, Technical & Innovations Manager at Rentokil Specialist Hygiene.

Regular cleaning is essential

With large numbers of people sharing space and equipment, workplaces can be places where infection spreads quickly. It is essential that those managing offices, construction sites, manufacturing plants and heavily populated workplaces make sure they doing everything they can to ensure their premises don’t serve as a hotbed for viral infection.

Areas of the workplace with high footfall such as kitchens, dining areas and washrooms should be subject to vigilant daily and weekly cleaning routines. Rentokil advises that this regular cleaning process is scheduled and tracked, ensuring that it takes place consistently and on-time.

It might sound simple but encouraging proper handwashing, something that has been repeated constantly on the news in recent weeks, will also help to prevent the spread of germs. Hands are a natural breeding ground for germs and one of the principal carriers of harmful pathogens – in fact, 80% of infections are spread by hand. Ensuring employees have access to the essential handwashing tools – warm water, soap, drying facilities and ideally, hand sanitiser – goes a long way. There should be ample supply of these products in the washrooms, breakout and kitchen areas throughout the premises, paired with handwashing reminders to encourage best practice.

Proactive prevention

On top of a regular cleaning regime, businesses should book a minimum of two deep cleans per year. This may need to increase based on the nature of the business and its hours of operation, so it is recommended that all businesses contact professional cleaning companies to work out the best service and frequency schedule for them. Professional deep cleaning is also especially important during a period of illness outbreak, preferably managed by specialist cleaning companies with professionals trained to tackle hard-to-reach or rarely seen areas where potentially harmful micro-organisms might be hiding. A deep clean should include a thorough disinfection of high frequency touch points, as well as moving all furniture or equipment away from the walls to make sure no areas are missed from the standard cleaning routine.

With regard to the coronavirus outbreak, businesses that remain in operation would be wise to review and update their cleaning regimes.  They should also consider proactively preparing in case a deep clean is required, such as in the event they have a suspected or confirmed Coronavirus diagnosis onsite. This would require a contingency survey of the premises, typically offered by experts to gather key information in advance including a site-specific risk assessment, to enable a quick response in the event of Coronavirus being reported on the site at a later date.

If there are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus on a site, an all-purpose specialist disinfection may be appropriate to help protect against microbial infection, and to help maintain a high level of hygiene in a facility.

Reacting quickly

In addition to prevention, it’s also important that if a worker or visitor to your facility does contract, or is suspected to have contracted coronavirus, you react quickly to decontaminate the premises.

Under government guidance, in most circumstances the amount of infectious virus on any contaminated surface is likely to have significantly decreased after 72 hours. This is a key consideration to determine the type of specialist disinfection service that your premises will need.

For businesses with a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus on the premises and where the site needs to be up and running quickly, a service manager can implement stringently risk assessed infection control measures that go beyond the minimum World Health Organization guidance.

Firstly, they survey the site wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and respiratory protective equipment (RPE). Then, guided by a site-specific risk assessment, method statement and safe operating procedures, Royal Society for Public Health qualified staff meticulously disinfect rooms and areas that pose a threat of causing cross contamination, using a high-level surface disinfectant on surfaces such as floors, walls, ceilings and any objects. ULV disinfection fogging, may also be used to allow for the treatment of large areas in a short space of time.

All waste generated as part of the disinfection process needs to be segregated onsite and then disposed of in a safe and legally compliant manner, in line with guidance set out by Public Health England, to help eliminate cross contamination.

Coronavirus: Prosecution threat for firms who fail to make premises ‘COVID secure’

Companies are being threatened with prosecution if they do not make premises “COVID secure” for returning workers.

The warning came as people in England were told to go back to work if they cannot do their job from home – such as builders and manufacturers.

Ministers have stressed firms should ensure social distancing stays in place as the lockdown is slowly eased over the next few months to stop the spread of coronavirus, which has already killed over 39,000 people in the UK.

Best practice plans have been drawn up by the government for businesses to ensure workers are protected – such as remaining two metres apart, being given face masks or provided with hand sanitiser.

But the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – which will do spot inspections to make sure firms are keeping people safe – has confirmed any that don’t follow the new rules could face legal action.

Chief executive Sarah Albon explained how much power the agency will have to live up to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s demand for any reopening workplace to be “COVID-secure”.

At Downing Street’s daily coronavirus briefing, she said: “Inspectors can require businesses to do certain things – enforcement notices, requiring them to take particular kinds of action.

“In the most extreme circumstances if there is a risk of serious injury to an individual employee they can issue a notice which prohibits certain activities from taking place.

“Breach of those kind of enforcement notices is essentially a criminal offence and we can prosecute people who fail to do the right thing.”

Unions have endorsed the guidelines, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady saying on Monday they are a “step in the right direction”.

She urged: “All employers must now carry out and publish risk assessments in consultation with unions and their workforces.

“After the confusion of the last few days, working people will only feel confident if government and employers act now to make safer working a reality in every workplace.”

The HSE has been granted a 10% budget increase to spend on equipment, hiring more call centre staff and carrying out more inspections.

Source – Sky News

PPE and Coronavirus – Government advice – Construction and Outdoor Work

PPE protects the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment, such as face masks. Where you are already using PPE in your work activity to protect against non-COVID-19 risks, you should continue to do so.

When managing the risk of COVID-19, additional PPE beyond what you usually wear is not beneficial. This is because COVID-19 is a different type of risk to the risks you normally face in a workplace, and needs to be managed through social distancing, hygiene and fixed teams or partnering, not through the use of PPE. The exception is clinical settings, like a hospital, or a small handful of other roles for which Public Health England advises use of PPE. For example, first responders and immigration enforcement officers.

Workplaces should not encourage the precautionary use of extra PPE to protect against COVID-19 outside clinical settings or when responding to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. Unless you are in a situation where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is very high, your risk assessment should reflect the fact that the role of PPE in providing additional protection is extremely limited. However, if your risk assessment does show that PPE is required, then you must provide this PPE free of charge to workers who need it. Any PPE provided must fit properly.

Face coverings There are some circumstances when wearing a face covering may be marginally beneficial as a precautionary measure. The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not developed symptoms. A face covering can be very simple and may be worn in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t possible. It just needs to cover your mouth and nose. It is not the same as a face mask, such as the surgical masks or respirators used by health and care workers. Similarly, face coverings are not the same as the PPE used to manage risks like dust and spray in an industrial context. Supplies of PPE, including face masks, must continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care workers, and those in industrial settings like those exposed to dust hazards.

It is important to know that the evidence of the benefit of using a face covering to protect others is weak and the effect is likely to be small, therefore face coverings are not a replacement for the other ways of managing risk, including minimising time spent in contact, using fixed teams and partnering for close-up work, and increasing hand and surface washing. These other measures remain the best ways of managing risk in the workplace and government would therefore not expect to see employers relying on face coverings as risk management for the purpose of their health and safety assessments.

Wearing a face covering is optional and is not required by law, including in the workplace. If you choose to wear one, it is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off. Employers should support their workers in using face coverings safely if they choose to wear one.

This means telling workers:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on, and after removing it.
  • When wearing a face covering, avoid touching your face or face covering, as you could contaminate them with germs from your hands.
  • Change your face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it.
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly.
  • Change and wash your face covering daily.
  • If the material is washable, wash in line with manufacturer’s instructions. If it’s not washable, dispose of it carefully in your usual waste.
  • Practise social distancing wherever possible. You can make face-coverings at home and can find guidance on how to do this and use them safely on GOV.UK.

Site Operating Procedures – Version 4 Published

The Site Operating Procedures have been updated to incorporate a number of technical changes as a result of the recently published Government guidance on Working Safely during Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Construction & Other Outdoor Work.

The changes in Site Operating Procedures – Version 4 are minimal and include:

  • Removal of the requirement for face to face contact to be kept to 15 minutes or less
  • The section on PPE now links to the latest Government guidance on face coverings
  • References to one-way systems and the reconfiguration of seating and tables and an update on portable toilets
  • The requirement to share risk assessments with the workforce
  • Clarification on when to travel to work, as set out in the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy
  • Updated links and wording on social distancing.

Download the new version here.