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Covid-19- Advice for Temporary Workers

Following the government guidance issued on the 11th May 2020, regarding safe working practices during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we have prepared the advice below. The government has outlined these measures to ensure a safe working environment for all employees and also for the safety of residents and contractors who are on site.
From this document you will learn the steps required to keep the working environment as safe as possible for all employees and to help you carry out your daily duties following the appropriate safety measures.
We will be reviewing this document following any government update to ensure you are kept informed of the latest health and safety requirements.
It is YOUR responsibility to learn and follow both this guidance and any advice specific to your site that the client’s management may give you.

Arrival/Departure on Site

Wash hands on arrival, regularly throughout the day and on departure

Handovers

Desk area (including keyboard and mouse) to be cleaned at the start and end of each shift by the person finishing the shift and again by the employee starting their shift.
Ensure there is a detailed handover typed up and ready to minimise contact between employees when day/night shifts change over.
Clean anything handed over between employees such as:
Site phones
Site keys/fobs Walkie talkies
Hi vis jackets Airhorns
Pes – patrol device
All used cleaning materials used to clean items must be disposed of properly in a double bagged bin and hands are washed.

Social Distancing


Maintain 2m distance between others on site when and where possible.
Where you have to work and interact with a colleague, ensure you are sitting side by side or back to back instead of face to face.
Encourage e-mail or telephone correspondence with residents rather than face to face contact. Politely remind residents and others that a 2m distance needs to be maintained.

General Cleaning for all Employees


Where you are responsible for carrying out basic cleaning of the site, that should include touch points such as door handles, lift buttons, key entry pads, printers/scanners, building link pens, keyboards/mouse, pens, chair handles, desks.
Where possible and not a security risk, open windows and doors to increase ventilation.
There should be a bin for used gloves and used cleaning materials next to the hand washing facilities, which when disposed of should be double bagged.
Refer to posters to ensure you are following thorough handwashing techniques.

Communal Staff Areas


Maximum of 1 person in small confined areas such as the kitchen, at any time.
Stagger break times to reduce the number of employees in communal staff areas. Take break times outside where possible.
Clean and disinfect areas used to sit on break times.
Dispose of all rubbish.
In locker/changing rooms social distancing must be maintained.

Parcels


Each site will have a specific parcel strategy which must be abided by, please follow the on-site rules and instructions as you have been shown.
Parcels – accepting parcels – without window
Step away from the concierge desk and ask all delivery drivers to leave the parcels on the floor so there is no direct contact between you. You can refuse to sign for any parcels if requested by a delivery driver however they do understand the current situation so it would be rare for them to ask.

Put on latex gloves and collect the parcel and enter them into the system or parcel log and put them in the storage area for collection. Remove gloves when you have finished handling the parcels and wash your hands.
When residents come to collect parcels, put the parcel down on the counter and step away, Following the removal of gloves, ensure you wash your hands.
Parcels – with window
Ask all delivery drivers to leave all parcels at the concierge counter while keeping the glass sliding window closed. You can refuse to sign for any parcels if requested by a delivery driver however they do understand the current situation so it would be rare for them to ask.
Put on latex gloves and collect the parcel and enter them into the system or parcel log and put them in the storage area for collection. Remove gloves when you have finished handling the parcels and wash your hands.
When residents come to collect parcels, ask them to stay 2 meters away from the glass window then put the parcel on the counter and close the window, allowing the resident to come closer to pick up the parcel.
Following the removal of gloves, ensure you wash your hands.

Patrols


When a site patrol is required please wear gloves and keep 2 meters apart from anyone you come across. Please move back and kindly inform residents that you are social distancing if they come too close.
Remove gloves and wash hands when you have returned from patrol.

Contractors


The employee should sign in and out visitors and contractors to site and keep records up to date.
On arrival to the site, hygiene and social distancing requirements must be explained as a reminder to contractors.
For contractors working in communal areas, you should explain where they can wash their hands and offer antibac hand gel on arrival.

On-site Cleaners


All cleaners should wear gloves and aprons or tabard, when carrying out cleaning duties on site.

Increased cleaning of high traffic areas such as lifts (including the buttons), door handles, stair rails, and communal bins to be cleaned/cleared several times per

shifts.

Use disposable cloths, mopheads using disinfectant following the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the product is effective in killing viruses.

All rubbish to be double bagged.

If the double bagged rubbish contains waste from a person confirmed with Covid-19 the rubbish should be kept in the flats for 72 hours before being put in the communal waste area.

Caretakers/Yardman

Wear gloves and wash hands frequently when touching bins and waste taking care not to touch your face.
Bins should be hosed down and disinfect bins more regularly taking particular care of lids and handles.
When carrying out litter picking duties please ensure you are using a litter picker and clean it following every use.

PPE

Face covering
If employees choose to wear a face covering, it is supported and encouraged to do so. Wearing a face covering or mask is not required by law and you should avoid using surgical masks as they are reserved for health care workers.
Consider making your own face covering – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to- wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering
Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser when putting face covering on or taking it off, and maintain social distancing.
Gloves Antibac & Handwash
Regularly review stock levels of gloves, antibac and handwash.

courtesy PMR.