During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s important for employers to consider the steps they can take to protect the health and safety of their employees and customers in the coming weeks.
It’s good practice for your business to:
- Encourage your employees to work from home wherever possible
- Make sure that there are places for staff to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, and encourage everyone to do so regularly
- Provide hand sanitiser and tissues for your staff
- Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
- Keep everyone updated on the steps you are taking to reduce risks of exposure in the workplace
- Strongly advise any employees who are in vulnerable groups (e.g. if they are pregnant, aged 70 or over, or have an existing health condition) to follow social distancing guidelines
- Make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date
- Make sure managers and supervisors know how to spot symptoms of COVID-19, and are clear on all relevant processes and procedures (e.g. reporting sickness and sick pay) in case someone is potentially infected and needs to be sent home
Guidance for self isolation and sick pay:
- If a member of staff becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should be sent home and advised to follow the advice to self isolate
- Employees should also self isolate if someone in their household is displaying coronavirus symptoms
- Employees who follow advice to stay at home will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP) from the first day of their absence from work
- If someone has symptoms and lives alone, they must self isolate for 7 days
- If someone lives in a household and is the first to have symptoms, they must self isolate for 7 days. Everyone else in their household must self-isolate for 14 days
- If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, the person with the new symptoms must self-isolate for 7 days. This is regardless of where they are in the 14-day isolation period
- Employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee is staying at home
For more information on the steps your business should take to safeguard health and support your employees during the coronavirus pandemic, please refer to the official government guidance here.
Or if you have any questions you would like to ask in regards to staffing and recruitment for your business during these uncertain times, please get in touch with your regular point of contact at XCL, give us a call on 01484 819900 or email email@example.com.