COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy

STATEMENT OF POLICY by the directors:                              Leighton Ormerod and Victoria Ormerod

 

TO ALL MEMBERS AND EMPLOYEES OF ORMEROD ELECTRICAL LTD:

The company is committed to do all that is reasonably practicable to prevent the risk of contraction or spread of Covid-19 virus.

We have put procedures in place and ask all members and employees to adhere to the following:

General procedures and advice

  • If a worker develops symptoms of Covid-19 (a high temperature or a persistent cough) while at work, they should:

  1. Return home immediately 

  2. Avoid touching anything 

  3. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and put it in a bin, or if they do not have tissues, cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbow

  4. They must then follow the guidance on self-isolation and not return to work until their period of self-isolation (normally 14 days) has been completed.  A colleague who has been isolated for 14 days cannot return to work until the appropriate ‘fit note’ documentation is provided by their GP/healthcare provider to demonstrate they are now fit to return to work

 

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.  Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water is not available and hand washing technique to be adopted as directed by NHS

  • Avoid touching your face/eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw it in the bin

  • All persons to dress appropriately for the weather

  • Maintain good hygiene measures at all times

  • Appropriate respiratory protective equipment (RPE) masks to be considered as last resort, however face fit test (FFT) must be completed to ensure mask effectiveness. It is advised to speak to your H&S competent person on these matters and supplies should be reserved for medical staff as it has been documented that supplies have been difficult to procure. If you consider yourself at risk and would prefer to wear RPE please make an immediate request to your health and safety officer

  • In order to minimise the risk of spread of infection, we rely on everyone in our team taking responsibility for their actions and behaviours

  • If a team member is returning from abroad or from any large social gathering, we reserve the right to request a 7-14 day quarantine period which may be unpaid

  • We encourage an open and collaborative approach between our teams on site where any issues can be openly discussed and addressed

 

 

On site procedures

  • Maintain social distancing measure of 2 metres from each other as much as possible with supervision in place to monitor compliance

  • Tasks are to be rearranged, where possible, to enable them to be done by one person or as small number of persons without compromising safety measures

  • Avoid skin to skin and face to face contact

  • Stairs should be used in preference to lifts or hoists and consider one ways systems around construction sites

  • Consider alternative or additional mechanical aids to reduce worker interface

  • Any additional COVID 19 measures specified by your Principal Contractor’s site rules must be followed. Details of this shall be shared at site induction

  • Above hygiene measures and additional cleaning schedules to remain (regularly washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water)

  • Any health concern to be raised immediately to line management / principal Contractor

  • Always consider if the task can be performed differently without having to breach the 2m social distancing rule

  • Workers are to limit face to face working and work facing away from each other when possible

  • Limit the frequency of working within 2m to an absolute minimum and ensure it is for strictly low intensity, sporadic work where exposure to this distance is less than 15 mins

  • Consider introducing an enhanced authorisation process (permit to work)  for activities where less than 2m distance may be required

  • All tools and equipment to be thoroughly cleaned prior and after using it. Where possible, use only your own personally allocated tools. If tools are borrowed from another team member please notify that person immediately

  • Increased ventilation will be provided, where possible, within enclosed spaces

  • Consideration given to disposable gloves and eyewear to prevent and reduce potential contamination

  • Reusable PPE should be thoroughly cleaned after use and not shared between workers. These should be stored in suitable places

  • Single use PPE should be disposed of so that it cannot be reused and to control potential contamination is controlled (waste removed by a responsible, approved contractor)

  • On arriving home it is advised that workwear is removed immediately and washed on a cycle 40degrees or hotter. The individual should also immediately shower and change into clean ‘homewear’

 

 

Leighton Ormerod and Victoria Ormerod                  Managing directors

On site safety supervisors:                                          Leighton Ormerod and Ross Wooldridge

Ormerod Electrical Ltd standard Terms & Conditions still apply.