In pubs, receptions and public places staff frequently wear face masks covering nose and mouth to protect themselves and the public against the spread of airborne germs and viruses. This is usually sufficient to offer reasonable protection. However, what happens if a member of the public falls ill and the member of staff has to provide support or even first aid?
A face mask on its own is not sufficient protection if the ill person coughs or sneezes. Droplets could easily infect the first aider through their eyes or where the mask does not fully seal around the mouth and nose. In such cases a face shield is required. However, in places of work where there are multiple staff members it is impractical to store hard plastic face shields for such an emergency. The risk of cross-contamination is just too high and these hard plastic face shields need periodical sanitising to ensure they stay safe to use. Safelincs’ disposable face shields provide the ideal solution. They can be stored flat and can be rapidly deployed in an emergency. They offer a good field of vision, protect the entire face and do not slip even when kneeling down or moving rapidly.
After use they can simply be disposed of without having to clean them, preventing the risk of cross infection and spreading viruses such as COVID-19. They are supplied in packs of 20 and are very economic starting from £0.30 per shield. Please contact Safelincs if you have any questions or would like to trial these shields. Telephone 0800 612 6537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like many other companies, we had to furlough a significant number of our staff when the lockdown started to ensure the safe survival of the company. Now, three months after the lockdown began we have managed to bring back the majority of the team and it is hoped that the three part-time staff who are currently on furlough will be able to return to work in the next few days and weeks. Strong domestic sales as well as a number of large projects such as the Nightingale Hospitals helped to bridge the lockdown and a strong recovery is underway. People from all departments supported the sales team to handle the demand. A particular point of pride is that the company has been able to commence with a new member of staff who had been interviewed just before the lockdown began.
Throughout lockdown staff and their families were involved in initiatives to keep in touch and one of these initiatives was to make pompoms that have now been brought together on an 80ft long garland. This amazing garland has now been hung onto the company’s huge cedar tree to celebrate reaching the current milestones.
The Government is now advising businesses to start going back to work if they are unable to work from home but they must put procedures in place to protect their staff and customers. For some businesses, this is a daunting thought, and knowing what to take into consideration can be a minefield. Here are some useful tips to help you make your COVID-19 risk assessment.
Social distancing and PPE
Current guidelines state that a distance of at least 2 meters between people should be enforced, using markers on floors to provide a guide can be as simple as using coloured tape on the floor or you can use specially made floor markings with advisory text on them. Having a visual guide helps staff to know how far away they are from each other and gives confidence that they are a safe distance.
If for some reason, you are unable to adhere to the 2 meter rule you must supply PPE, such as masks and gloves for staff. Make sure that these are easily accessible and that everyone knows how to correctly wear the mask. You should also supply hand sanitiser at these PPE stations. Having a dedicated sanitisation stand may be a simple option to ensuring that the correct PPE is available at the right locations. Staff should be given clear instructions as to when to change gloves and masks to ensure that these items of PPE do not become contaminated.
Reducing group staff numbers
It may be necessary to look at reducing the number of staff you have working in the same area. Assessing if any of your staff can continue to work from home can help with this, but you need to be mindful that home workers have the correct equipment and that you are still taking their health and safety seriously. Providing these staff members with a home working fire safety kit will ensure that all fire and first aid risks are covered.
Be creative and look at different shift patterns, you may be surprised at suggestions put forward by your staff, so include them in your decision making. Look at the pros and cons of these new shifts, increasing the day to a 12-hour shift may sound daunting but with the balance of more days off in the week this is a really good compromise.
Infection control products
If you are unsure which infection control products are suitable for you, give our customer care team a call for advice on 0800 612 6537.
To say thank you to all our care workers, for all your hard work and dedication during this pandemic, we are offering you a 15% discount on all our products.
We can offer you over 6000 fire and safety products and services to help protect you and your family, including smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, fire escape ladders, as well as first aid and burns kits. We also offer free services such as our smoke alarm testing reminder service to ensure that your alarms are in good working order and ready to alert you in the event of a fire.
For many businesses finding alternative ways of working is becoming second nature as we look at ways to operate our businesses while minimising the risk of contracting Coronavirus. Maintaining your fire safety is one issue that must be addressed in this new environment. Traditional extinguishers require a qualified service engineer to visit your premises to test the extinguishers, putting you and your staff at risk. The P50 service-free extinguisher eliminates the need for a site visit and will save you money too!
The unique construction of the P50 extinguisher means that you do not need to arrange for a service engineer to attend your site, instead, after watching a detailed training video, you will be able to carry out the annual visual inspection for your extinguishers. This gives you confidence that you are not introducing new risks of infection and addresses concerns whether visitors to your site adhere to your company’s social distancing rules.
There are plenty of additional benefits, too. P50 extinguishers have a ten-year life span before they need to be refurbished for a further ten years. They are kinder to the environment as they do not require a discharge and re-fill like a traditional extinguisher after five years and because they are made from 100% recyclable materials. As you no longer have any service engineer fees to pay and the extinguisher has an extended lifespan, you will save over 50% of your usual costs per extinguisher.
It has been heartwarming to receive so many comments from our customers telling us that we are delivering a fantastic service despite all the restrictions that COVID-19 places on us.
We have put a lot of new processes in place to ensure that we are meeting all the guidelines and protecting our staff. Despite the vast majority of our 60 strong team now working from home we have maintained the exceptional service that makes Safelincs an award-winning company.
Here is what our customers say:
Whilst the difficulties that Covid-19 present are challenging we will continue to supply essential safety products and services to organisations and domestic customers to support and protect people.
Contact us today on 0800 612 6537 with your fire safety needs.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected us all and social distancing has now become part of our everyday life. Limiting contact with delivery drivers when your fire safety order arrives prevents the spread of the Covid-19 virus. To help or customers maintain social distancing we want to tell you about the new My Places feature on the Hermes App.
If your parcel is being delivered by Hermes you can arrange a contact-free delivery by uploading a photo of your preferred safe place (such as your garage, shed or porch) to the Hermes App, My Places. Your delivery driver will be able to see these images and will deliver your parcel safely to your personal safe place.