Coronavirus (COVID-19) Customer Update
The governments of England, Scotland and Wales have introduced further restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus.
- As winter approaches, we’ll be spending more time indoors. This will increase the risk of coronavirus spreading.
- Everyday environments show why washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering and keeping at least 2m apart is vital in controlling the spread.
- Coronavirus can live for more than 24 hours indoors.
- You could pick up or pass on the virus by touching a contaminated surface.
- Washing your hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitiser, regularly throughout the day will reduce the risk of catching or passing it on.
- Coronavirus can be found in tiny droplets coming out of your nose and mouth.
- Wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth reduces the spread of droplets carrying the virus. This means if you have it, you’re less likely to pass it on to others.
- Larger droplets can land on other people or on surfaces they touch. Spreading the virus through droplets is most likely to happen when you are less than 2m apart.
- Smaller droplets called aerosols can stay in the air for some time, especially if there is no ventilation.
- So, when you are with people not from your household, you must keep at least 2m apart.
- The risk of spreading the virus through smaller droplets is much less outdoors, where there is more ventilation.
- Wash your hands, cover your face, make space. These are the three most effective ways we can all control the spread of the virus.
- Remember if you have any coronavirus symptoms; high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, get a free test by calling 119 or visiting NHS.uk.
- Together, we will control the virus and stop the spread.
- Don’t forget, Hands, Face, Space.
The advice from the UK Government is for Construction to continue and for people to work from home where they can. The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Site Operating Procedures have been updated to V6, to reflect recent changes in Government guidance.
Site Operating Procedures – Version 6
Whilst there are no significant changes to social distancing requirements on sites current requirements such as social distancing are referenced on page 1, however, face masks must be used in site canteens that serve food.
Updated guidance on shielding, self-isolation, testing and what to do if a worker develops COVID-19 symptoms or has to self-isolate.
Ainscough Crane Hire has implemented a programme to monitor changes and keep our teams up to date. The most up-to-date Government guidance for employers and businesses is available here, alongside an advice sheet on home isolation.
Daily activities being carried out by Ainscough Crane Hire in relation to COVID-19
- Daily executive business continuity meeting continues.
- Implement the advice and direction given from the latest Site Operating Procedures.
- Regular management briefing on Microsoft TEAMS where the latest advice from the government is shared for cascading to team members.
- Safety standdowns through September and October to support the key messaging.
- An update is sent out to all employees on My Ainscough App.
- Workers who can work from home are already doing so.
- Visitors to ACH must sign a declaration that they are symptom-free and leave their mobile phone number for track and trace purposes.
Hygiene control in the workplace
Good working practices around hygiene in the workplace will help prevent the spread of infection. A checklist of best practice hygiene considerations would include:
- Follow strict guidelines on personal hygiene and cleanliness including thoroughly washing hands on a regular basis.
- Providing handwashing facilities and alcohol-based hand sanitiser where appropriate.
- Ensuring work surfaces are cleaned daily.
- Ensuring waste is removed daily.
- Ensuring that heating and ventilation is maintained and in good working order.
To reduce the risk of spreading illness at work, staff should also be reminded to:
- Strictly observe government guidance on social distancing.
- Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their sleeve (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately.
- Wash hands with soap and water often (or sanitiser gel where this is not available).
- Avoid any contact with unwell people.
- Avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth with their hands if they are unclean.
Ainscough Crane Hire customers can contact us on 0800 272 637 or email: email@example.com for any further advice and guidance.
Monitoring the Situation
As the threat of coronavirus spreading is a rapidly changing situation, customers, employees and suppliers across our network should make sure they keep up to date with government and medical advice available online.