Last updated: 25th March 2020

As you will all be aware, the situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed rapidly over the past few weeks, most notably with the move from a policy of containment to delaying the spread of the virus here in the UK.

As such, we are advising that all clients and members of the public look to the latest information from the UK Government on the outbreak. You can find information on the virus, the developing situation in regards to risk, and the ‘stay at home’ guidance from the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Consultancy

To support companies working within the construction and service industries, SAMS are offering heavily discounted rates for companies or individuals seeking pre-accreditation under the terms of CHAS, Safe Contractor, SMAS, etc. 

For as little as £300 we will review your current safety systems and submit them for audit. If you do not have a safety system, but would like to gain the above pre-accreditations, please contact us on 01843 821406 and we will be happy to advise.

We are happy to perform this and any other consultancy work remotely via e-mail, phone or Skype. Get in touch to discuss your unique requirements, and we will do our utmost to help you through this challenging period. We’re protecting your future – today.

e-Learning

Our e-Learning and Video e-Learning courses will be available regardless of the effects of the coronavirus, and have substantial crossover with our Classroom training options. This may be a good opportunity to provide training for employees during periods of remote working, with a range of traditional e-Learning and Video e-Learning courses providing respected and valuable qualifications.

In response to the demand for e-Learning from people self-isolating or working at home, we’re making things easier – just use code ‘TRA30’ at checkout for 30% off UKATA and Video e-Learning courses, or ‘TRA10’ for 10% off our other e-Learning courses.

We will be happy to discuss any e-Learning provisions with you. For more information on our e-Learning options, please get in touch via phone, e-mail or our Contact Page.

Risk assessment

SAMS has drafted a generic risk assessment (GRA) for the purpose of addressing the safety of employees and the workplace during the coronavirus outbreak. This is intended as a tool for businesses to draw up their own risk assessments pertaining to the unique requirements of their industry, staff and business environment, and should not be copied wholesale.

Note that this was intended for the period prior to a total lockdown, and may therefore no longer be applicable. Any businesses still required to operate from their premises should get in touch as a matter of urgency, to ensure that they are fully mitigating the risks of COVID-19.

Generic Risk Assessment (GRA) for COVID-19

Advice for clients

While SAMS is now closed to visitors, we are still able to support businesses with the demands of COVID-19. We have experience in drafting and implementing infection controls and home working arrangements, and will be happy to assist in your response to the virus. Please contact us via phone, e-mail or our Contact Page for more information. We are also available via WhatsApp & Skype.

All non essential workplaces should now be on lockdown, meaning that the following accommodations are only for essential work. This is by no means a comprehensive guide, however, and the specific actions required for your business will depend on your situation, the level of threat posed and the latest government advice.

Potential outcome  Potential impact Actions to meet H&S requirements
The number of available staff may become lower than that normally available, increasing demands upon business owners and managers Remaining staff will see workload increased giving rise to fatigue/stresses

 

Increased abstraction of staff

 

Minimum staff levels not met

●     Ensure good communication is completed with staff and clients.

●     Seek alternative staffing avenues (e.g. agency workers).

●     Monitor on a daily basis to identify shortfalls and remedies in advance.

●     Make provision for staff to work from home.

●     Brief staff on social isolation.

●     Seek to increase distances between staff present.

●     Advise staff to avoid all physical contact with colleagues.

●     Consider issuing gloves (care to be taken for disposal and touching face)


Waste collections may be reduced Increased storage of waste materials

 

Increased rodent activity

●     Seek reduction of waste generated.

●     Identify additional waste storage area and prepare.

●     Double bag all waste.

●     Seek alternative means of waste disposal (e.g. conveying waste commercial operators).

●     Monitor area for rodent activity.


Loss of essential supplies Unable to maintain client requirements or company infection control measures ●     Liaise with suppliers to establish their resilience to deliver an uninterrupted service.

●     Seek alternative suppliers as a back-up.


Total lock down of area or district Inability to deliver primary services to clients/customers

 

Workers unable to attend work place

●     Consider all business activity and what is essential and seek alternative means of delivery.

●     Provide means by which staff can work from home or from a remote location.



Face-to-Face Courses

As of 24/03/20, the countrywide lockdown means we are no longer able to hold face-to-face training either at SAMS or elsewhere. However, we are still able to offer e-Learning and consultancy services.

If your business is undertaking essential work or you are concerned about your health & safety liabilities for people working from home, don’t hesitate to get in touch via our Contact Page.