EMPLOYERS ADVICE: #CoronaVirus – what can you do as employers? Here are some simple steps…
In case coronavirus spreads more widely in the Bridgend and wider South Wales areas, here at CC Associates HQ we are keeping track of, and following, the latest advice.
We thought it may help some of you if we shared some simple steps, so you can help protect the health and safety of your staff too…
Firstly, as things change, make sure to keep a close eye on updates from the Welsh Government here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-covid-19
We’re making to sure to follow the good practice guidelines recommended, such as keeping staff updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure; making sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date.
Office managers will need to know how to spot symptoms of coronavirus and are clear on any relevant processes: eg. making sure there are clean places to wash hands with hot water and soap, and encourage everyone to wash their hands regularly; providing hand sanitiser and tissues for staff, and encourage them to use them; considering if protective face masks might help for people working in vulnerable situations, and additionally considering if any travel planned to affected areas is essential.
Employees unwell at the office? If this should occur, the affected staff member should get at least 2 metres (7 feet) away from other people; go to a room or area behind a closed door, such as a sick bay or staff office; 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, and use a separate bathroom from others, if possible.
The unwell staff member should use their own mobile phone to call either 111, for NHS advice (information here – https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care/nhs-111/) – or 999, if they’re seriously ill, injured, or life is at risk.
Should self-isolation become an issue you need to deal with, there is all the information you need here, via Public Health Matters: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/
Most importantly, make sure everyone follows the hygiene advice. And please stay safe – from Nicola and the team.