With emerging Government advice on Covid-19 control measures, companies are currently faced with developing strategies to both return staff to work and manage on-going risk. Noting that risk, Aston Lark partner Randox are ideally placed to provide timely testing and reporting of current Covid-19 infections, to support local control measures.
The unique Randox Covid-19 test, on the Randox biochip, has been approved by Public Health England. It plays a key role in the UK’s National Testing Program which means that Randox are testing at scale, with timely and automated reporting of results.
The Randox Covid-19 screening kit is available for self-collect testing and, if required, Randox offers a fully collected service for Covid-19 testing. Detection is from a nose and throat swab, with results in 1-2 days from receipt of the specimen. For further information contact: [email protected] quoting reference ASTONCOV19
Covid-19 Temperature Screening
As many businesses return to the workplace, they are implementing temperature checks as part of their Covid-19 control measures. One of the primary symptoms of Covid-19 is a temperature of above 38°C (100.4°F) and the current Government guidance advises individuals with a high temperature to self-isolate as a precaution. Read our article to learn more about the issues for employers to consider
Workplace Risk Assessments
You should carry out a risk assessment of your workplace to ensure you’ve done all that is reasonably practical to protect your employees and others from the spread of Covid-19. In this PDF, we provide advice on the measures businesses like yours should consider. Click here for more information. For a Workplace Risk Assessment guide tailored to the Motor Trade, please click here.
This BBC News video demonstrates how a factory is safely continuing to operate during the pandemic.
When your premises re-open, you’ll be faced with a number of first aid considerations to ensure you can operate safely. Click here for more information.
As businesses start to reoccupy their premises, fire safety must be a priority. We discuss some of the essential considerations. Click here for more information.
As and when businesses like yours start to reoccupy your premises, you’ll need to implement enhanced cleaning regimes. We discuss some of the cleaning-related issues businesses should start to plan for. Click here for more information.
If you’d like to discuss the range of cleaning services offered by our partner, Crawford Contractor Connection, please make an enquiry here.
Coronavirus Awareness & Advice Tool
Businesses and employees can struggle to keep up-to-date with this constantly changing picture and, as a result, our partner Champion Health has developed a free online support and advice tool. This tool has been developed alongside GPs and health professionals, and informed by credible sources of Coronavirus guidance which have been referenced throughout.
The tool provides information to employees on subjects such as:
- How to boost your immune system
- The importance of good mental health
- Symptoms of Coronavirus
- What to do if you feel unwell
- Working from home guidance
For employers, the tool provides advice on protecting the health of your employees and mitigating the threat to business continuity:
- How to reduce risks in the workplace
- What to do if someone becomes unwell at work
- Absence and sick pay guidance
- Workplace guidance
To access all of the above, simply click here. This is a free Coronavirus awareness tool to help reduce the risks, worry and concerns for yourself and those around you.
Legionella / Water Management
If you’re returning to premises that have been dormant for some time, it’s essential that employers and those duty-holders in control of premises and/or with health & safety responsibilities should now create a plan for re-commissioning water systems to ensure they’re safe and free from the risk of Legionella contamination.
The measures required will depend on the size and complexity of the water systems in the building. The minimum expectation for small, simple hot and cold water systems would be flushing through with fresh mains water. For larger buildings, and those with tanks, showers, calorifiers and more complex pipework, the expectation is likely to be far more extensive and involve flushing followed by cleaning and disinfection. Click here for more information.
Government Guidance on Workplace Safety
The Government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. These eight guides cover a range of different types of work and, as many businesses operate more than one type of workplace (such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles), you might need to refer to more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.
We’ve produced a series of Covid-19 safety posters for you to print and display in your premises: