COVID-19 supplier information
From 1 April 2022, UK Government has updated its guidance and has advised people with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, and a high temperature or who feel unwell, to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.
Following the UK Government’s announcement, we have updated and streamlined our basic principles.
All colleagues should:
- Continue to stay away from your place of work if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, or a high temperature. Whilst the legal requirement to self-isolate has been removed, we encourage all colleagues to act in a responsible and considerate way. This means if you are unwell or have tested positive, please do not come into work until five days have passed and you no longer have symptoms of a respiratory infection and a high temperature. Continue to work smartly from home if you feel well enough and if appropriate.
- Whilst explicit COVID-19 risk assessments are no longer required, keep these principles under review and share the outcome with the workforce. We recommend the measures put in place, as a result of the risk assessment, should be clearly displayed at site and office entrances for all employees, contractors, and visitors to see.
- Ensure good ventilation and adequate supply of fresh air by keeping windows open where possible or by mechanical ventilation. Further guidance is available on the HSE website.
- Maintain a good cleaning regime. Prioritise high communal touch points. Clean shared tools and equipment between handovers and provide sufficient effective cleaning materials.
- Support good hand hygiene. Continue to promote frequent hand washing, use signs and posters to remind people of good handwashing techniques and ensure sufficient availability of handwashing facilities. Maintain availability of hand sanitisers at site and office entrances and exits for all to use.
- Encourage sensible distancing. Although social distancing rules have been removed, encouraging sensible distancing (1m) will still help to reduce airborne transmissions. Consider how to reduce crowding in busy areas and be respectful of individuals’ personal space.
- Commuting and shared travel. Continue to support flexibilities to reduce travel at peak times. In-work transport and car sharing can resume as normal, but encourage good ventilation and prevent overcrowding.
- Where additional controls have been provided for workspaces, consider keeping them if they are not intrusive, for example discrete screens between workstations. Continue to support those who choose to wear face coverings.
Please bear in mind measures will differ from site to site and office to office, so if you are travelling to a different place of work, please make sure you familiarise yourselves with any local measures.
COVID-19 is a dynamic and evolving situation and Balfour Beatty will respond swiftly and decisively to any change.