Covid 19 Government guidelines for removals firms
There will be people who have already committed to moving home; where possible the Government are encouraging them to delay their move but a small number of moves may need to go ahead. The Government would urge everyone to take all sensible precautions to ensure the move can happen safely.
Removers should honour their existing commitments where it is clear that the move can be done safely for the client and your own staff and it is clear that the moving date cannot be moved.
Removers should follow the latest government guidance which currently (26 March 2020) states that work carried out in people’s homes can continue, provided the trades person is well and has no symptoms or coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is important to ensure Government guidelines are followed, including maintaining a 2 metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available).
No work should be carried out by a person who has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, however mild.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING HEALTH & SAFETY AT WORK AND CORONAVIRUS
BOLLINGTON PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURERS HAVE
EXISTING LEGAL REQUIREMENTS THAT CONTINUE TO APPLY UNDER THE HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ACT, INCLUDING THE DUTY OF EMPLOYERS TO ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL EMPLOYEES, SO FAR AS IS REASONABLY PRACTICABLE.
The risk of transmission of coronavirus by employees carrying out their general duties may be increased during normal working activities. Therefore, employers have a duty to identify and implement control measures to mitigate the risk.
This includes risk assessments for vulnerable people, including pregnant employees, employees with underlying health conditions, and employees working beyond normal retirement age.
Employees reporting sick with COVID-19 symptoms must not report for work, and are advised to follow the NHS’ self-isolation guidelines.
Additionally, since 3rd April 2020, you must report any case of COVID-19 under RIDDOR regulations, if it is believed an employee has been exposed through an unintended incident at work. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence.
Equally, if an employee is diagnosed as having COVID-19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by an exposure in the workplace, this must be reported as a case of disease.
To ensure the HSE continues to respond to fatalities and serious issues, although routine inspections are currently suspended in line with government advice around coronavirus.
We want to bring this guidance to your attention, to ensure you are aware of the requirements regarding reporting of COVID-19 under RIDDOR.