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Covid19 – Keeping yourself safe – Essential Information

Brecongate Projects must comply with the latest Government advice on Coronavirus (Covid-19) at all times.

These Procedures are based on Public Health England (PHE) guidance, the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 and Construction Industry Guidance UK.

For further/daily information also refer to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public.

Symptoms of COVID-19 (according to current NHS advice/guidance):

• A high temperature – this means a person feeling hot to the touch on their chest and/or back (you know yourself, so if you are hotter than normal in the rest position).
• A new, persistent cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (those who usually have a cough may find it’s worse than usual).
• Loss of taste or smell.
• Anyone experiencing symptoms must contact their Line Manager immediately. If the Line Manager

If you have symptoms of coronavirus you MUST NOT ATTEND YOUR FIT TEST APPOINTMENT.

Hazards Who is at Risk Risk rating without controls
·         Human Contact

·         Coughing

·         Sneezing

·         Poor Hygiene

·         Contact with Infected Surfaces

·         Vulnerable Person(s)

All staff, contractors, visitors and others in the vicinity. Severity Likelihood Rating
5 4 20
Risk rating with controls
Severity Likelihood Rating
5 3 15

Safe System of Work and Control Measures
Employees and Visitors MUST:

• Comply with these procedures.
• Demonstrate body temperature using infra-red thermometers as provided and record results in the Brecongate on site register.
• Maintain 2 metre distance wherever possible.
• Wash their hands regularly (refer to Hand Washing – Section 4 and the Guide below).
• Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue (or arm crease), dispose of tissues immediately and wash hands thoroughly.
• Avoid touching their face and direct contact (including hand shaking) with others.

The controller of site or premises where work is to be undertaken MUST:

• Ensure that there are suitable facilities for hand washing and sanitisation, and means to safely dispose of used PPE.

1. Practical working protocol.
1.1 Employees/visitors should wash their hands on arrival at the site/office, and don the disposable PPE / RPE as required provided by Brecongate.
1.2 The employees/visitors will undergo suitable hand cleaning at separate stations and change disposable gloves after handling tools drawings, pens or pencils or anything else that could have been contaminated by anybody else at the site.
1.3 All paperwork will be handled only when disposable gloves are worn.
1.4 Wherever required, practical activities (e.g. correct use of PPE etc.) will be demonstrated by the managers and/or delegates undertaking the activity at a distance of 2 metres. During the demonstration/training, the manager/delegate will only approach the attendee as required to provide additional assistance or guidance, e.g. on correct use of RPE. Where possible, the manager/delegate will withdraw 2 metres.
1.5 Practical elements that would require usage by multiple operatives of equipment (e.g. vacuum cleaners), equipment will be thoroughly cleaned using a combination of antiseptic wipes, detergent sprays and/or sanitising gels prior to use by the next operative.
1.6 Areas such as desks, kitchen surfaces, rest areas etc. should be cleaned as appropriate (Tables, door handles, etc) utilising a combination of disinfectant wipes, soap solution and/or alcohol sanitiser.

2. Hand Washing – refer to the Hand Washing Guide below.
2.1 All personnel will regularly wash their hands; on arrival at site, before and after using the toilet, before and after eating/ drinking, after using equipment (including kitchen equipment), when leaving site, on returning home and before making contact with family/others, and regularly in between as necessary.

3. Risk Reduction for Close Working .
3.1 Where it is not possible or practical to follow the social distancing guidelines and maintain a 2-metre distance whilst working, take all mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission.
3.2 Job specific risk assessments can be carried out for each activity/location and additional site-specific controls, however in all cases, the controls identified within these procedures, along with any sector-specific guidance should be in place as a minimum requirement.
3.3 Where the social distancing measures (2 metres) cannot be applied:
• Minimise the frequency and time workers are within 2 metres of each other.
• Minimise the number of workers involved in these tasks.
• Workers should try to work side by side, or facing away from each other, rather than face to face.
• Regularly clean common touchpoints, doors, buttons, handles, vehicle cabs, tools, equipment etc.
• Increase ventilation in enclosed spaces where possible.
• Workers should wash their hands before and after using any equipment.
• Keep groups of workers that have to work within 2 metres together in teams, as small as possible and away from other workers where possible.

4. PPE/RPE.
4.1 Unless required for operational purposes or a client/site mandate, RPE is not required for protection against Covid-19 where the 2 metre social distancing guidelines are met. If this distancing is not possible, the operative shall wear RPE as deemed sufficient.
4.2 All operatives should use disposable gloves for the duration of their work where required.

5. Cleaning.
5.1 The manager/delegate of all sites/premises where Brecongate work is being undertaken must ensure that there are suitable facilities for hand washing and sanitisation, and means to safely dispose of used PPE.
5.2 The manager/delegate has a responsibility to maintain their individual work area, and personal equipment in a clean and safe state of cleanliness.
5.3 The manager/delegate will ensure enhanced cleaning procedures are in place in the workplace and at touch points including:
• Taps and washing facilities.
• Door handles and push plates.
• Handrails on staircases and corridors.
• Telephone equipment, photocopiers and other office equipment.
• Areas used for eating, which must be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each break, including chairs, door handles

Vulnerable Persons Definition
• have had an organ transplant
• are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy
• are having an intense course of radiotherapy (radical radiotherapy) for lung cancer
• are having targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system (such as protein kinase or PARP inhibitors)
• have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
• have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppressant medicine
• have been told by a doctor that you have a severe lung condition (such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD)
• have a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID or sickle cell)
• are taking medicine that makes you much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids)
• have a serious heart condition and you’re pregnant

Hand washing