Usafety Covid-19 Policy

Introduction:

Exposure to Covid-19 is a public health risk which affects all citizens and has implications for all workplaces as it can prevent a health risk to employees and other persons at a place of work. COVID-19 is a new respiratory illness. It has not previously been seen in humans. This type of Coronavirus is also known as 2019-nCov or Novel Coronavirus. Queries on the application or interpretation of this policy should be directed to Conor Lyons

Usafety will follow all public health advice to seek to prevent the spread of the illness and will follow correct procedures in the event that any individual comes in contact with it.

Usafety will stay informed of the transmission rates and government advise through the following websites and other government advisory services

https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-health/

https://covid19ireland-geohive.hub.arcgis.com/

https://assets.gov.ie/87604/405b1065-055a-4ca8-9513-390ce5298b10.pdf

Symptoms:

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those of influenza. It typically causes flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Protective procedure:

All employees, contractors and visitors are required to wash their hands regularly and use alcohol liquid dispensers where they are available. Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. You may also periodically use disinfectant wipes where provided to clean hard surfaces including keyboards and other computer accessories. The HSE advises people should adhere to the following guidelines to help prevent the spread of the illness:

• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water;

• Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with paper tissue or your sleeve – the virus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes;

• Dispose of dirty tissues quickly and carefully – bin them and wash your hands afterwards;

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;

  • Masks will be worn at all times when in the presence of other persons

 

Action on developing symptoms at home or at work:

If any employee, contractor or visitor develops symptoms at home or at work, they should self-isolate immediately, contact their GP by telephone and follow his/her direct medical advice. The employee should seek the advice of relevant medical staff regarding any obligation to communicate details of their illness to Usafety or individuals with whom the employee has recently been in contact as the employee’s medical situation becomes clearer. Self-isolating is staying in-doors (going home) and avoiding contact with others.

Services

Usafety will continue to service our customers to the best of our ability through webinars, zoom or other platforms and in-house training but only where compliance with government guidelines can be met.