About Coronavirus. Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a new type of virus that we need to develop immunity to. It can causes breathing difficulties and affect other organs and can be fatal. Whilst most people who catch COVID-19 will only experience mild symptoms or none at all, some, especially vulnerable people, can be severely affected.
People can catch the virus from others who are infected in the following ways:
· virus moves from person-to-person in droplets from the nose or mouth spread when a person with the virus coughs or exhales;
· the virus can survive for up to 72 hours out of the body on surfaces which people have coughed on, etc.;
· people can pick up the virus by breathing in the droplets or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching their eyes or mouth.
The main ways of protecting yourself are good hygiene - washing hands thoroughly and frequently, and maintaining a social distance, at least 2 metres, from anyone apart from your own household. Vulnerable people need to take extra precautions.
Coronavirus Risk Assessment. We have undertaken a risk assessment specifically for Coronavirus. Health and safety legislation requires employers to assess the risks to their employees and anyone else affected. This includes staff, volunteers, users and the public. This looks at the hazard of Coronavirus, who is at risk, the control measures needed and the action plans on what needs to be done. A copy can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Government Guidance and Action Plan. The Government has issued various Guidance documents to assist employers and businesses to plan for re-opening. The Guidance and our action plan to implement it, has been prepared to make sure we are looking at all the issues. A copy can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
We welcome any comments you have on our risk assessment and action plan
- see the 'Contact Us' section.