Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a caused by the severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease is highly infectious and there is presently no effective treatment for the virus. The majority of persons infected show few or no symptoms. Some persons require hospitalisation and ventilation to support breathing. Male patients over the age of 60 years, and persons having underlying health conditions including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and chronic lung disease are at greater risk of severe illness. There is also evidence of increased risk to individuals from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds.
The UK government and Public Health England have instigated social distancing requirements and restrictions on gatherings, travel and quarantine measures to limit the spread of the virus in the community and reduce the burden on the national health services.
These restrictions are being regularly reviewed in the light of epidemiological and scientific evidence and some restrictions are being eased presently to permit the gradual and controlled resumption of normal activities. The UK government has published guidance to enable businesses to resume operations under strict controls.
Office Care accepts its responsibilities to observe regulations and guidance published by the UK Government, and will ensure full compliance with client COVID-19 preventative measures to minimise transmission risk both within and outside the workplace.
This policy relates to the management of Covid-19 risk in areas under the control of Office Care and the activities of cleaning operatives within client premises. The purpose of this policy is to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 with respect to COVID-19.
LEGISLATION AND CODE OF PRACTICE
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
UK Government: Working safely during coronavirus (Covid-19): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19
COVID-19 requirements are subject to regular review and amendment in the light of emerging information and local/national and international issues. The policy and associated risk assessments will be reviewed as required.
Nothing in this document replaces, reduces, or affects in any way the obligations imposed on the business by statute and/or common law in the fields of occupational health and/or health and safety. Office Care will ensure ongoing compliance with all statutory requirements during and beyond the current situation.
It is the policy of OfficeCare to: