Severn Waste Services and Mercia Waste Management

Severn Waste Services – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Procedure

Stop the SpreadPurpose

Severn Waste is committed to the health and safety of its employees. The Coronavirus has the potential to affect how employees go about their day to day life, including work and also to how the Company operates within the wider community. The government guidance is subject to change to reflect the nature of the spread and development of the threat. This document will be updated as advice is amended by government.

Scope

This guidance applies to all permanent and temporary employees of the Company, contractors, officers, consultants, casual workers, agency workers, and any other individuals working at the Company premises. References to Statutory Sick Pay and other company procedures, such as absence reporting would apply to permanent staff. 

Current Government Guidance

Current government guidance is to control the virus we must all be alert, this means

Workplace risk

COVID-19 is a new risk that must be incorporated into workplace risk assessments. All employers must therefore carry out a new COVID-19 risk assessments. Severn Waste Services are confirmed as COVID-19 secure and display the certificate is on website. If any COVID-19 risk assessments are required please contact the relevant HSEQ Manager for the site.

Stop the SpreadCoronavirus testing

Testing will be available via the NHS for;

When to apply for a test

The test must done in the first 5 days of having symptoms, after this it will be too late to be tested.

If an individual does not have symptoms, it will only be possible to get a test if a hospital has told you to.

How to arrange a test

Any individual can book a coronavirus test directly at; https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

Instructions on where and when to go for the test will then be issued

Waiting for results

If an individual is getting a test because they have symptoms, they and anyone they live with must stay at home (self-isolate) until the test results are received.
Anyone in their support bubble must also self-isolate until the test result is known.


Anyone who has been tested may wish to alert the people with whom they have had close contact over the last 48 hours. They should be informed that you might have coronavirus but are waiting for a test result.

At this stage (until the test result is known), those people do not need to self-isolate, but they should take extra care in practising social distancing and good hygiene, like washing their hands regularly. They should also watch out for their own symptoms.

Take a note of any recent close contacts now so that you have them to hand if you test positive.

The testing process

The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves (self-administered) or by someone else (assisted) and aim to provide results within 48 hours for a swab test or 72 hours for a home testing kit.

Following testing

If the test result turns out to be negative, it is safe to return to work, as long as:

Keep in mind that even if the test is negative for coronavirus, the symptoms could be another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until recovered.

If the test result is positive, or someone in the household tests positive, the employee cannot return to work. They and their household and bubble will need to continue to self-isolate. Read NHS advice about how long to self-isolate.

If the condition gets worse, or the individual does not get better after 10 days, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. For a medical emergency dial 999.

NHS test and trace service

On 28th May 2020 the government launched The NHS test and trace service which  forms a central part of the government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery strategy, which seeks to help the nation return to normal as soon as possible for as many people as possible, in a way that is safe and protects the NHS and social care sector.
This guidance works in conjunction with the following guide on working safely during COVID-19

www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

The NHS test and Trace service;

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

By following instructions to self-isolate, people who have had close recent contact with someone with coronavirus will be protecting their family, friends, colleagues and other people around them, and will play a direct role in stopping the spread of the virus.

Test & Trace - Part 1: for someone with symptoms of coronavirus

  1. isolate: as soon as you experience coronavirus symptoms, medical advice is clear: you must self-isolate for at least 10 days. Anyone else in your household must self-isolate for 14 days from when you started having symptoms
  2. test: order a test immediately at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access
  3. results: if your test is positive, you must complete the remainder of your 10-day self-isolation. Anyone in your household must also complete self-isolation for 14 days from when you started having symptoms. If your test is negative, you and other household members no longer need to self-isolate
  4. share contacts: if you test positive for coronavirus, the NHS test and trace service will send you a text or email alert or call you with instructions of how to share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places you have visited. It is important that you respond as soon as possible so that we can give appropriate advice to those who need it. You will be told to do this online via a secure website or you will be called by one of our contract tracers.

Stop the SpreadWhat is close contact?

Examples of close contact include:

close face to face contact (under 1 metre) for any length of time – including talking to them or coughing on them
being within 1 to 2 metres of each other for more than 15 minutes – including travelling in a small vehicle

Test and Trace - Part 2: if you are contacted by the NHS test and trace service because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus

As a responsible employer we will continue to follow health and safety workplace guidance such as:

If an employee has been asked to self-isolate as part of the test and trace service they will be entitled to their contractual sick pay or have the option to use paid leave days if they prefer.

Employees in self-isolation are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay for every day they are in isolation, as long as they meet the eligibility conditions.

The NHS test and trace service will provide a notification that can be used as evidence that someone has been told to self-isolate.

Workplace outbreak

If multiple cases of coronavirus appear in a workplace, as a responsible employer, we will contact the local health protection team to report the suspected outbreak. The heath protection team will then;

Stop the SpreadSocial Distancing

The advice on social distancing measures applies to everyone and should be followed wherever possible. Workplaces need to avoid crowding and minimise opportunities for the virus to spread by maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres between individuals wherever possible. The Company understand how important it is to work safely and support our workers’ health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the government advice is now one metre plus additional measures, we would still enforce the 2 metre guide wherever possible. This is to minimise the risk should an outbreak occur of colleagues having to self-isolate under the Test and Trace service. The government is clear that workers should not be forced into an unsafe workplace. We have put in numerous measures across the business to keep employees safe, it is important that they are adhered to. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

Critical Sector

The Waste Industry has been confirmed as a critical sector. However, where possible we would encourage employees to work from home, unless it is impossible for them to do so.

Sometimes this will not be possible, as not everyone can work from home. Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance if they operate machinery, are drivers or working within a facility.

Ensure that all workplace COVID-19 measures are followed at all times, including social distancing, one way systems, hand washing and adopt additional hygiene measures such as sanitiser and cleaning down all equipment regularly.

For further information on working safely during COVID-19 see government guidance https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Hygiene Precautions

Current government guidance states that there is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading Coronavirus

Any employees who are worried about symptoms should use the online NHS111 service (https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/) or call NHS 111. Government advice is not to go directly to your GP or other healthcare professional.

Signs and symptoms of Coronavirus

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness, However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ to arrange.

Stop the SpreadSelf-Isolation

Current Government advice is that, anyone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus, may have a possible coronavirus infection and is waiting for a test result or feels unwell with these symptoms, however mild should remain at home for 10 days. Follow the guidance below and book a test if they haven’t already done so
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
If an employee or a member of their household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. Usual absence procedure and contractual rules for SSP and Company Sick Pay will apply.

If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period

Working from home

Where possible, we will encourage employees to work from home during this time.  Where no other agreement is made this time off work will be treated in accordance with our normal sickness absence policy and contractual sick pay rules will apply.

If an employee becomes unwell at work

If an employee becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature in the business or workplace they should be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance.

They will need to book a coronavirus test directly at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

If they need clinical advice, they should go online to NHS 111 or call 111 if they don’t have internet access. In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.

If a member of staff has helped someone who was taken unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell with symptoms consistent with coronavirus infection.

Government advice is at present, that it is not necessary to close the business or workplace or send any staff home.

As further precautions while the employee is in the workplace when they become ill;

Cleaning/disinfection of shared equipment

Equipment that is used by other people for example PWS, radios, telephones, shared computer equipment should be cleaned each time after individual use with either a damp soapy cloth, antibacterial wipes (containing at least 60% alcohol) or anti-bacterial gel (containing at least 60% alcohol). Further guidance on cleaning regimes will sent to sites.

Vehicles should similarly be cleaned with each change of driver/crew (steering wheel, handbrakes, controls, door handles etc. In the situation where a confirmed case has been in the workplace, Severn Waste will take all advice from the PHE local Health Protection Team (HPT). If employees would like to take further measures in the meantime paper suits, gloves are available for those employees cleaning communal areas and bleach/disinfectant is readily available

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

Procedure for employees who suspect they may have Coronavirus or need to self-isolate

If an employee needs time off work to look after dependants

Employees are entitled to time off work to help someone who depends on them (a 'dependant') in an unexpected event or emergency. This would apply to situations to do with Coronavirus. For example, if they have children they need to look after or arrange childcare for because their school has closed. This leave is unpaid.
The amount of time off an employee takes to look after someone must be reasonable for the situation. For example, they might take 2 days off to start with, and if more time is needed, they can book holiday.

If a dependant such as a partner, child or relative in the same household gets coronavirus symptoms, everyone in the household must self-isolate for 14 days and they should receive statutory sick pay as a minimum for this time.

https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/time-off-work-to-look-after-someone

Entering or returning to the UK

Coronavirus regulations mean that it will be necessary to self-isolate for 14 days for any individual arriving in to the UK from a country outside the common travel area.
However, the government has introduced travel corridor exemptions for some countries and territories. Therefore, there will be no need to self-isolate when returning from countries covered by the travel corridor exemptions. A full list of these countries is available here;

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors#countries-and-territories-with-no-self-isolation-on-arrival-in-england

Older employees or employees with underlying health problems

The government are advising those who are at increased risk of a more severe form of illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. This would include employees who are over 70 or those under 70 with an underlying health condition, such as those instructed to get a flu jab (as an adult) each year on medical grounds.

Employees in this group are strongly advised to maintain social distancing at all times. Normal sick pay rules will apply for self-isolation.

Shielding

The government are strongly advising people with serious underlying health conditions, which puts them at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) requiring admission to hospital, to rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe. Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable by minimising all interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others.  From 1 August, the government will pause shielding unless the transmission of COVID-19 in the community starts to rise significantly.

This means the government will no longer be advising those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to shield. There may still be at risk of severe illness if infected with coronavirus, so the advice is still to stay at home as much as possible and continue to take precautions when going out. Ensure hands are washed regularly, avoiding touching the face and keeping 2 metres away from people outside of your household or bubble wherever possible.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Anyone who has concerns about whether they should be classed as shielding due to underlying health complaints or age are advised to call their GP or NHS 111 for further guidance.

From 1st August shielding employees will be able to return to work as the workplace is COVID-secure, but government advice is to carry on working from home if possible.
Employees are expected to speak to their managers about returning to work and if there are reasonable adjustments needed to facilitate this.

Certain schemes such as Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) and SSP for shielding will no longer be applicable once shielding is paused.

Family members who are shielding

If a member of the household is shielding, other members of the household are not required to adopt these protective shielding measures for themselves. They should do what they can to support shielding and they should stringently follow guidance on social distancing, reducing their contact outside the home

Meetings and employee gatherings

Face to face meetings should not take place unless absolutely necessary. Please use alternatives such as Microsoft Teams. If face to face is absolutely necessary then distance protocols should be put in place such as keeping a 2 metre distance between each person, no shaking hands, bodily contact or sharing of equipment such as telephones, pens or keyboards.

Movement between sites

Keep internal travel to a minimum and strictly follow COVID-19 measures in place. Ensure regular hand washing upon arriving and leaving site, keeping distance and not sharing equipment unless absolutely necessary and ensuring it is cleaned each time.

Payment for self-Isolation

Usual absence procedure and contractual rules for SSP and Company Sick Pay will apply. Employees and workers must receive as a minimum, Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) due to them if they need to self-isolate from day one, because:

If someone has symptoms, they should apply for testing for themselves and their households and follow the self-isolation guidelines if they test positive.
Employees not eligible to receive sick pay, including those earning less than an average of £118 per week, are able to claim Universal Credit and or contributory Employment and Support Allowance. For those on a low income and already claiming Universal Credit, it is designed to automatically adjust depending on people’s earnings or other income.

Self-Isolation documentation

Employees will need to document any self-isolation periods. Self-isolation notes can be obtained from https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note. This can be emailed to the Company directly. 
 Test and Trace

Workplace outbreak

If multiple cases of coronavirus appear in a workplace, as a responsible employer, we will contact the local health protection team to report the suspected outbreak. The heath protection team will then;

Social Distancing

The advice on social distancing measures applies to everyone and should be followed wherever possible. Workplaces need to avoid crowding and minimise opportunities for the virus to spread by maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres between individuals wherever possible. The Company understand how important it is to work safely and support our workers’ health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the government advice is now one metre plus additional measures, we would still enforce the 2 metre guide wherever possible. This is to minimise the risk should an outbreak occur of colleagues having to self-isolate under the Test and Trace service. The government is clear that workers should not be forced into an unsafe workplace. We have put in numerous measures across the business to keep employees safe, it is important that they are adhered to.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

Critical Sector

The Waste Industry has been confirmed as a critical sector. However, where possible we would encourage employees to work from home, unless it is impossible for them to do so.

Sometimes this will not be possible, as not everyone can work from home. Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance if they operate machinery, are drivers or working within a facility.

Ensure that all workplace COVID-19 measures are followed at all times, including social distancing, one way systems, hand washing and adopt additional hygiene measures such as sanitiser and cleaning down all equipment regularly.

For further information on working safely during COVID-19 see government guidance https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Government adviceHygiene Precautions

Current government guidance states that there is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading Coronavirus

Any employees who are worried about symptoms should use the online NHS111 service or call NHS 111. Government advice is not to go directly to your GP or other healthcare professional.

Signs and symptoms of Coronavirus

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness, However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ to arrange.

Self-Isolation

Current Government advice is that, anyone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus, may have a possible coronavirus infection and is waiting for a test result or feels unwell with these symptoms, however mild should remain at home for 7 days. Follow the guidance below and book a test if they haven’t already done so
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
If an employee or a member of their household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. Usual absence procedure and contractual rules for SSP and Company Sick Pay will apply.

If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 7 days from when their symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period

See stay at home guidance diagram
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874011/Stay_at_home_guidance_diagram.pdf

Working from home

Where possible, we will encourage employees to work from home during this time.  Where no other agreement is made this time off work will be treated in accordance with our normal sickness absence policy and contractual sick pay rules will apply.

If an employee becomes unwell at work

If an employee becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature in the business or workplace they should be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance.

They will need to book a coronavirus test directly at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

If they need clinical advice, they should go online to NHS 111 or call 111 if they don’t have internet access. In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.

If a member of staff has helped someone who was taken unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell with symptoms consistent with coronavirus infection.

Government advice is at present, that it is not necessary to close the business or workplace or send any staff home.

As further precautions while the employee is in the workplace when they become ill;

Cleaning/disinfection of shared equipment

Equipment that is used by other people for example PWS, radios, telephones, shared computer equipment should be cleaned each time after individual use with either a damp soapy cloth, antibacterial wipes (containing at least 60% alcohol) or anti-bacterial gel (containing at least 60% alcohol). Further guidance on cleaning regimes will sent to sites.

Vehicles should similarly be cleaned with each change of driver/crew (steering wheel, handbrakes, controls, door handles etc. In the situation where a confirmed case has been in the workplace, Severn Waste will take all advice from the PHE local Health Protection Team (HPT). If employees would like to take further measures in the meantime paper suits, gloves are available for those employees cleaning communal areas and bleach/disinfectant is readily available

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

Procedure for employees who suspect they may have Coronavirus or need to self-isolate

If an employee needs time off work to look after dependants

Employees are entitled to time off work to help someone who depends on them (a 'dependant') in an unexpected event or emergency. This would apply to situations to do with Coronavirus. For example, if they have children they need to look after or arrange childcare for because their school has closed. This leave is unpaid.

The amount of time off an employee takes to look after someone must be reasonable for the situation. For example, they might take 2 days off to start with, and if more time is needed, they can book holiday.

If a dependant such as a partner, child or relative in the same household gets coronavirus symptoms, everyone in the household must self-isolate for 14 days and they should receive statutory sick pay as a minimum for this time.

https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/time-off-work-to-look-after-someone

Entering or returning to the UK
Coronavirus regulations mean that it will be necessary to self-isolate for 14 days for any individual arriving in to the UK from a country outside the common travel area.
However, the government has introduced travel corridor exemptions for some countries and territories. Therefore, there will be no need to self-isolate when returning from countries covered by the travel corridor exemptions. A full list of these countries is available here;

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors#countries-and-territories-with-no-self-isolation-on-arrival-in-england

Older employees or employees with underlying health problems

The government are advising those who are at increased risk of a more severe form of illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. This would include employees who are over 70 or those under 70 with an underlying health condition, such as those instructed to get a flu jab (as an adult) each year on medical grounds.

Employees in this group are strongly advised to maintain social distancing at all times. Normal sick pay rules will apply for self-isolation.

Shielding

The government are strongly advising people with serious underlying health conditions, which puts them at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) requiring admission to hospital, to rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe. Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable by minimising all interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others. The government is currently advising people to shield until 31st July 2020 and is regularly monitoring this position, however this guidance is government advice. It’s not the law.

From 1 August, the government will pause shielding unless the transmission of COVID-19 in the community starts to rise significantly.

This means the government will no longer be advising those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to shield. There may still be at risk of severe illness if infected with coronavirus, so the advice is still to stay at home as much as possible and continue to take precautions when going out. Ensure hands are washed regularly, avoiding touching the face and keeping 2 metres away from people outside of your household or bubble wherever possible.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Anyone who has concerns about whether they should be classed as shielding due to underlying health complaints or age are advised to call their GP or NHS 111 for further guidance.

From 1st August shielding employees will be able to return to work as the workplace is COVID-secure, but government advice is to carry on working from home if possible.
Employees are expected to speak to their managers about returning to work and if there are reasonable adjustments needed to facilitate this.

Certain schemes such as Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) and SSP for shielding will no longer be applicable once shielding is paused.

Family members who are shielding

If a member of the household is shielding, other members of the household are not required to adopt these protective shielding measures for themselves. They should do what they can to support shielding and they should stringently follow guidance on social distancing, reducing their contact outside the home.

Meetings and employee gatherings

Face to face meetings should not take place unless absolutely necessary. Please use alternatives such as Microsoft Teams. If face to face is absolutely necessary then distance protocols should be put in place such as keeping a 2 metre distance between each person, no shaking hands, bodily contact or sharing of equipment such as telephones, pens or keyboards.

Movement between sites

Keep internal travel to a minimum and strictly follow COVID-19 measures in place. Ensure regular hand washing upon arriving and leaving site, keeping distance and not sharing equipment unless absolutely necessary and ensuring it is cleaned each time.

Payment for self-Isolation

Usual absence procedure and contractual rules for SSP and Company Sick Pay will apply. Employees and workers must receive as a minimum, Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) due to them if they need to self-isolate from day one, because:

If someone has symptoms, they should apply for testing for themselves and their households and follow the self-isolation guidelines if they test positive.

Employees not eligible to receive sick pay, including those earning less than an average of £118 per week, are able to claim Universal Credit and or contributory Employment and Support Allowance. For those on a low income and already claiming Universal Credit, it is designed to automatically adjust depending on people’s earnings or other income.

Self-Isolation documentation

Employees will need to document any self-isolation periods. Self-isolation notes can be obtained from https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note. This can be emailed to the Company directly. 

Face Coverings

Government adviceSevern Waste delivers essential public services in the Waste & Recycling sectors. This essential work means that most of our operational employees are classed as Key Workers. As a Key Worker it is not always possible to maintain the recommended social distancing of 2 metres due to the type of work we do.

Where social distancing isn’t possible there are some circumstances when wearing a face covering may be marginally beneficial as a precautionary measure. The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not developed symptoms.

A face covering can be very simple and may be worn in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t possible. It just needs to cover your mouth and nose. It is not the same as a face mask, such as the surgical masks or respirators used by health and care workers. Similarly, face coverings are not the same as the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used to manage risks like dust and spray in an industrial context. Supplies of PPE, including FFP3 face masks, must continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care workers, and those in industrial settings like those exposed to dust hazards.

It is important to note that the evidence of the benefit of using a face covering to protect others is weak and the effect is likely to be small, therefore face coverings are not a replacement for the other ways of managing risk, including minimising time spent in contact with others, 2 metre social distancing and increasing hand and surface washing. These measures remain the best ways of managing the coronavirus risk in the workplace.

Wearing a face covering is optional and is not required by law, including in the workplace. A face covering can be as simple as a scarf, snood or bandana that ties behind the head. If you choose to wear one, it is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.

Severn Waste recognise that you may wish to wear a face covering when in a workplace environment where the recommended 2 metre social distancing cannot be achieved, or it is difficult to limit contact with others. To this end, we have secured a limited supply of masks that can be used as Face Coverings (but not to be used as PPE). An initial assessment of our operations has been undertaken to identify areas where this may be the case, and supplies of the masks have been allocated and issued to relevant sites as appropriate, and offered to relevant employees. Any queries regarding this allocation should be addressed to your Manager.

Usage of the allocated masks will be monitored, and further supplies will be allocated periodically (and as long as the limited supply permits). Any additional requests for supplies should be done via your Supervisor or Manager.

Please note that Severn Waste will support the use of face coverings safely for all employees who choose to wear them, regardless of their workplace environment. However, due to the limited supply we will only be able to offer masks to those identified in the initial assessment.

Employees not offered masks who wish to wear a face covering should source a proprietary face covering themselves. Should you be unable to source a proprietary face covering, you can make face-coverings at home and can find guidance on:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

When wearing a face covering please follow these simple rules:

1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on, and after removing it

2. Avoid touching your face or face covering, as you could contaminate them with germs from your hands

3. Change your face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
4. Continue to wash your hands regularly
5. Change and wash your face covering at least daily
6. If the material is washable, wash in line with manufacturer’s instructions. If it’s not washable, dispose of it carefully in your usual waste
 
7. Practise social distancing wherever possible

Wearing a face covering

A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.

Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off and after use. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.

Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose. Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.

You should wash a face covering regularly (unless specifically designed for single use). It can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent.

When wearing a face covering, take care to tuck away any loose ends.

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