Staying Covid-19 secure – Complying with Government guidance on safe working
CambridgeHOK is fully compliant with the Government’s guidance on returning to work and managing the risk of Covid-19.
- We have carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here
- We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
- We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
- We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
- Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk
As part of our risk assessment, we are following the guidelines set out below
- Employees will only be asked to return to the workplace when the work cannot be undertaken from home, except when work is critical for operational and business continuity.
- Employees are encouraged to inform their Line Managers of any concerns relating to Coronavirus, and to follow procedures listed in our company policy in relation to Self-Isolation.
- Social Distancing of 2 metres is being enforced at all CambridgeHOK construction sites, offices and factories. Signage is to be displayed in all areas reminding employees of this.
- Hand sanitiser will be available to all employees and contractors. In addition, these should be available at the entrance and exit of the factory and offices.
- Facemasks will be available to employees if they are working in a confined space and distancing is difficult to achieve.
- Employees using company vehicles, plant, hired vehicles or other equipment, must clean down high touch areas on a regular basis using either antibacterial wipes or a disinfectant solution.
- On arrival at work employees must reverse park into the parking bays to maintain social distancing so far as is reasonably practicable. If there is capacity, people should park in every other bay.
- On approaching and entering the site, employees must maintain a 2-metre gap for social distancing.
- On entering the premises, employees are to wash their hands using soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds and use a hand sanitiser.
- If an employee is faced with another employee, coming in the opposite direction either on the stairs, on a thoroughfare, or other part of the workplace, one of the employees must give way to allow the other to pass, keeping to social distancing.
- Where so far as is reasonably practicable, employees should face the same way side by side or back to back, maintaining the 2-metre social distancing rule.
Toilet / Rest Breaks
- Tea and Lunch breaks are to be staggered to ensure social distancing can be achieved if required.
- There must only be one employee in the kitchen area at a time and they must ensure they have cleaned all surfaces and appliances when finished.
- Wherever possible, meals and drinks should be brought in from home and not need heating or re-heating.
- Toilet facilities must only be used by one person at a time. Engaged and vacant notices on doors must be used.
Visitors On Site
- Third parties visiting the site for meetings etc, should be discouraged. If a visit is a necessity; social distancing of 2-metres must be observed, and the numbers of visitors kept to a minimum.
- It may be necessary to introduce time windows for visitors. All visits must be recorded as this may be required in the future for track and trace.
- All visitors must follow the strict hygiene procedures in place and are to wash their hands, on arrival an on departure.
- Pens, pencils and other consumables must not be shared during visits or meetings.
Travel to Work / Accommodation
- Should travel be required it will be kept to an absolute minimum, so far as is reasonably practicable.
- When travelling to work, employees should refrain from using public transport so far as is reasonably practicable. If public transport must be used, face coverings/masks must be worn.
- It is preferable if employees do not car share.
- Employees should travel with a maximum of two in a van, ventilate windows and sit in the seats by the doors, and wear face masks/coverings.
- Any accommodation used must adhere to current guidelines, (Should overnight accommodation be required social distancing and suitable hygiene systems must be in operation).
Should any employee of CambridgeHOK, visitor to site or client have concerns over our Covid-19 procedures, or failure to follow the guidance set out above, please contact Tony O'Keefe, Health and Safety Manager, immediately at [email protected]