Covid-19 Management POLICY
WHAT'S IN THESE TERMS?
GD Bailey & Son & Bawdon Lodge Events Ltd strives to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all employees, contractors and visitors.
This Covid-19 Management Policy outlines the measures we are actively taking to mitigate the spread of coronavirus within our workplace and workforce.
You are required to follow all these rules diligently, so as to help us sustain a healthy and safe workplace during these unique times. It is important that we all respond responsibly and transparently to these health precautions, and we assure you that we will always treat your private health and personal data with the highest confidentiality and sensitivity.
WHO WE ARE AND HOW TO CONTACT US
www.bawdonlodgefarm.co.uk is a site operated by GD Bailey & Son and Bawdon Lodge Events Ltd, Bawdon Lodge Farm, Nanpantan Road, Nanpantan, Loughborough, LE12 9YE.
To contact us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone us on 01509 268080.
This Coronavirus (COVID-19) company policy is susceptible to changes with the introduction of additional Governmental guidelines when necessary and will be reviewed accordingly.
The Company will keep up to date and comply with the latest Government and Public Health information about the risk of coronavirus in the UK, via the relevant Government websites and Governments’ Daily Briefings.
What is the Coronavirus?
The World Health Organisation explains that coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath and a change or loss of sense of smell and/or taste. Some people will suffer from mild illness and recover easily whilst in other cases, infection can progress to pneumonia. Reports suggest that the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease are the most susceptible to serious illness and death.
How is the virus passed on?
The virus is most likely to spread from person to person through:
Direct contact with a person while they are infectious;
Contact with droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes;
Touching objects or surfaces (such as drinking mugs, door handles or desks) that were contaminated by droplets from secretions coughed or sneezed from an infected person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.
Staff Health and Self-isolation
Staff who are unwell with suspected COVID-19 or who share a household with someone who is unwell should not come to work but must comply with the latest Government advice about self-isolating themselves in their home. Current government guidance states that if someone has been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID19 it is not necessary to close the business or workplace or send any staff home, unless government policy changes or Public Health require them to from tracing. Keep monitoring the government response page for the latest details.
The guidance states that:
people who have symptoms of infection (new continuous cough, fever and/or a change or loss of sense of smell and/or taste) should self-isolate by staying at home and not leaving their house for seven days from when the symptoms started;
those who live with others and one person has symptoms should self-isolate as a household for 14 days from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
All staff who are self-isolating must inform their Manager as soon as possible that they will not be coming into work. Where staff have issues with school closures, working hours and caring / shielding responsibilities these will be discussed on a case by case basis.
General Hygiene Rules
Because the virus can be contracted by transporting germs from contaminated objects, hand-washing is the best way to protect against COVID-19. In soap lather, a combination of molecules assembles into bubble-like structures called micelles that trap viral matter and other biomaterials—grease, oil, dirt—and rinse them down the drain. The soaps we use contain a class of compounds called surfactants, which can neutralize germs in our skin. Surfactants basically pry open coronavirus particles and encapsulate viral molecules within micelles suspended in the lather clinging to your hands.
It is therefore important to maintain high levels of personal hygiene by: -
Washing your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use 70% alcohol hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to and to supplement hand washing during the day;
To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately. Then wash your hands or use a 70% alcohol hand sanitising gel;
Face coverings are not compulsory. However, employees are advised to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible or where they are more likely to come into contact with people they do not normally meet.
Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people;
Close the toilet seat prior to flushing the toilet;
Open the windows in your area regularly (minimum 15 minutes opening, even when this causes some thermal discomfort) to ensure ventilation;
Avoid touching your face, particularly eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands to prevent infection.
The Company will support staff and their households to access coronavirus testing in accordance with Government guidelines.
The Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This applies for an indefinite period due to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice.
The Company requires staff to comply with any advice provided by the Government and to inform their Line Manager wherever they intend to travel outside the UK during the pandemic. We may require you to self-isolate for up to 14 days on your return as a precaution when you return to the UK, to protect yourself and others. When you return to the UK on a flight from another country, you should follow the current government advice. If you start to have symptoms like a high temperature a new persistent cough and/or change in or loss of sense of smell and/or taste, go straight home and self-isolate for 7 days. For further guidance for households with a possible infection see the relevant Governments’ and NHS websites.
Social distancing and self-isolation have been introduced by the Government to reduce the spread of the coronavirus infection both at work and in public. The Company will take every possible step to facilitate employees working from home where work can be done from home. Where it is not possible to work from home you can still travel to work, provided you are not displaying coronavirus symptoms and neither you nor any of your household are self-isolating.
We will ensure that employees are able, where possible, to follow Public Health guidelines on social distancing within the working environment (including, where possible, maintaining a 2-metre distance / 6ft / 3-steps from others), and hygiene (washing hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds, or using 70% alcohol hand sanitising gel).
We will comply with Government guidance on social distancing at work.
Non-essential visitors and contractors
Any visitor or contractor visits that are deemed to be essential will be strictly managed, ensuring that the persons visiting confirm prior to the visit that they do not have any relevant symptoms or are otherwise at increased risk of cross infection. Hand washing must take place upon arrival to the business. Essential contractors and visitors will be limited to a maximum of 2 persons on site at any one time.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
All staff will be trained in the safe use of PPE, as identified in the risk assessment and in accordance with Government and Health Safety Executive guidance.
Monitoring and Review
This policy will be continuously monitored and updated to take account of any changes to the official advice provided about coronavirus.
BREACH OF THIS POLICY
When we consider that a breach of this Covid-19 Management policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate.
Failure to comply with this Covid-19 Management policy constitutes a material breach of the website terms and conditions upon which you are permitted to use our site, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:
Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use our site.
Immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any Contribution uploaded by you to our site.
Issue of a warning to you.
Legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach.
Further legal action against you.
Disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary or as required by law.
We exclude our liability for all action we may take in response to breaches of this acceptable use policy. The actions we may take are not limited to those described above, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.
WHICH COUNTRY'S LAWS APPLY TO ANY DISPUTES?
If you are a consumer, please note that the terms of this policy, its subject matter and its formation are governed by English law. You and we both agree that the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction except that if you are a resident of Northern Ireland you may also bring proceedings in Northern Ireland, and if you are resident of Scotland, you may also bring proceedings in Scotland.
If you are a business, the terms of this policy, its subject matter and its formation (and any non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law. We both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
Copyright of GD Bailey & Son and Bawdon Lodge Events Ltd, Bawdon Lodge Farm, Nanpantan Road, Nanpantan, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 9YE
Date: 1st June 2020