Barchester Healthcare Well being & Security Workforce response to Covid-19 – RoSPA Office Security Weblog

Continuity Planning?

Considering again to Monday 16th March 2020 I bear in mind getting up early. I used to be because of go to one among our houses in Tewkesbury. I used to be nearly to go away the home when an e mail landed from a senior Director telling us all to ‘Maintain’ all visits and be prepared for a convention name that morning. Sure, this was the beginning of the ‘Lock Down’. With the advantage of hindsight, how prepared had been we for what was about to occur subsequent?

Our administration workforce has already undertaken numerous strategic planning workouts. On the 16th March, a ”strategic govt workforce” was established and a planning and response process produced – that is nonetheless a reside doc.

Workplace primarily based employees had been then requested to do business from home. Inside a number of days we obtained studies {that a} member of employees primarily based at residence had hit their head on a shelf. Perhaps time for a DSE evaluation maybe? ‘We may see it was time to leap into motion’

So how did we reply?

One of many first H&S challenges we encountered was the variety of contractors who is perhaps visiting our houses. All non-essential visits had been stopped. LOLER inspections introduced us with a number of extra challenges. LOLER engineers would usually have entry to all areas all through our houses. We deemed this ought to be classed as a necessary go to and determined one of the simplest ways ahead could be to reduce the ”actions” undertaken by the engineer inside every residence. We determined to allocate an space/lounge for the engineer to work in and all tools could be dropped at them, checked and put again in situ. This might preserve social distancing measures and decrease the chance of cross contamination points inside the residence.

By way of House working, the Well being and Security workforce have developed a 2 web page self-assessment which now combines DSE, lone working and hearth security. It is simpler to make use of in its present type and way more streamlined.

Laundry – we now have reviewed our procedures and produced a Commonplace Working Process (SOP) to assist handle considerations regarding contaminated objects

Cleansing – Provide points meant we would have liked to work rapidly to supply completely different sanitizers and undertake new COSHH danger assessments which at the moment are in place.

By way of cleansing rooms with confirmed or suspected Covid -19 A Commonplace working process was additionally produced.

Sustaining hearth security is a vital subject for all care suppliers presently. We had a variety of houses with on-going enchancment plans in place which have been recognized in a Hearth Danger Evaluation. To assist decrease the onsite visits to the houses by contractors, the workforce carried out a evaluation of all reside/ongoing hearth danger evaluation actions. Every motion was assigned a RAG (pink, amber or inexperienced) ranking. This helped us to establish any works classed as important (security essential). Contractors will now solely be permitted to attend websites to finish the remedial works the place the works are deemed Security essential.

RIDDOR reporting of Covid-19 is now reportable as a illness. That is efficient from the 5th April. The problem for us: If a member of employees did develop Covid-19, how would we all know it was on account of office publicity? We’ve since developed a screening questionnaire, to assist establish when a report is actually crucial

Hearth & Rescue Providers had been beginning to contact us each via the H&S Workforce and regionally on to our houses. Totally different ranges of considerations had been raised by completely different Hearth & Rescue Providers concerning their deliberate response to 999 calls. They had been conscious of the dangers related to Covid 19. The fireplace service wished to make sure the security of their crew. They might need to know the variety of constructive Covid-19 circumstances and in addition suspected circumstances earlier than they had been capable of reply. We’ve agreed working protocols in such an occasion that preserve security for all.

Lastly, we’re opening a variety of new construct houses which we’d examine and assist with the registration/opening. We agreed that such inspections might be undertaken remotely with assist taking place just about.

The previous few weeks have been actually difficult. Instances are certainly unprecedented. We’ve been introduced with a variety of questions that we did not instantly have a solution to. At instances we now have been requested to make the unattainable, potential. What mattered then was that we had been decided to discover a answer, which made sense and ensured some type of enterprise continuity.

Now wanting ahead, I am certain there shall be a complete host of recent challenges and in addition new questions. We’ll proceed to supply the assist and recommendation as and when it’s wanted as we now have at all times finished earlier than and we’ll try to change into much more ”answer centered” alongside the way in which

Seemingly there are solutions to most questions, however solely if you’re dedicated to discovering them.

Why can we do that job I hear you ask? As a result of security – save lives and has by no means been extra vital.

Andy Hollingshead (H&S Supervisor), Lisa Harris (H&S Supervisor) and Paul Mason (H&S Director).

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