COVID -19 – Working safely during Coronavirus
Your safety and personal security are of the utmost importance to me.
I always work alone and can assure you that I follow Government guidelines on working in others’ homes safely during this time (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/homes ).
I will maintain a 2m distance from you and members of your household wherever possible, wear a face covering and use fresh disposable gloves when applicable.
I have comprehensive Personal Protective Equipment including a brand-new full-face respirator & always carry hand sanitiser.
Working risk assessments will be written based on HM Government guidelines below;
Steps that will usually be needed when working in homes:
No work should be carried out in a household which is isolating because one or more family members has symptoms or where an individual has been advised to shield - unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household.
When working in a household where somebody is clinically vulnerable, but has not been asked to shield, for example, the home of someone over 70, prior arrangements should be made with vulnerable people to avoid any face-to-face contact, for example, when answering the door. You should be particularly strict about handwashing, coughing and sneezing hygiene, such as covering your nose and mouth and disposing of single-use tissues.
Staying updated with the latest guidance and considering how it can be applied to your work. This can include:
– washing your hands more often than usual for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose
– reducing the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue and throw the tissue in a bin immediately, then wash your hands
– cleaning regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people
– communicating with households prior to any visit to discuss how the work will be carried out to minimise risk for all parties
– maintaining social distancing guidelines (2m, or 1m with risk mitigation where 2m is not viable) as far as possible.