Covid-19 Workplace Safety at CEME Campus

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“I must say the campus is looking rather like an oasis. A retreat for recovery from COVID-19, it is calming and beautiful.”

Sheila Singh, Founder and CEO, London School of Academics

Operations has reviewed its current COVID-19 control measures in light of the UK Governments latest guidance. Legal restrictions were lifted in July, all businesses can open and the government is longer instructing people to work from home. The extensive roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine across the UK has allowed for an easement of restrictions as they are significantly reducing the link between infections and severe disease and death. The latest COVID variant Omicron has been identified in recent weeks, public health officials are studying the new variant but it is not yet known whether it poses a greater threat than other variants of COVID-19, we please ask that you stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.

CEME still has a legal duty to manage the COVID-19 risks to the business and its stakeholders, and in-line with government guidance, has updated its COVID-19 risk assessment. The following sets out the latest changes to the COVID-19 control measures to the business.

  1. Face coverings are no longer required by law. However, the government expects and recommends that people continue to wear face coverings in crowded, enclosed spaces. Therefore face coverings are compulsory in the CEME café and all CEME toilets – face coverings are no longer required in the common areas of its buildings which includes corridors and the main building Street areas, where 2m social distancing continues to be in force.
  2. Meetings. It is deemed that a hierarchy of controls should be followed when carrying out business meetings, as follows:
    a) Online meetings preferable and as a first control measure e.g. Zoom, Teams or Conference call;
    b) Held outside if possible as a secondary control measure e.g. walking meetings or decking areas;
    c) If face to face meetings are deemed appropriate i.e. client, supplier or formal internal meeting, they must be carried out with 2m distance rule in place; rooms must be adequately ventilated either through opening doors and windows or by mechanical ventilation such as air conditioning; provide hand sanitiser and sanitisation of room before and after each meeting; all stationery, glassware items sanitised etc.
    d) For CEME events e.g. CEMEET, a separate risk assessment must be carried out by the CEME Health & Safety Manager to ensure control measures are adopted specific to the event being carried out, for example, this may mean the use of NHS COVID passes and the wearing of face coverings.
  3. It is no longer a legal requirement for venues to request individuals to check in, though it is still encouraged to help stop the spread of COVID-19, therefore QR codes are still displayed throughout the campus to allow people to check in.
  4. Rapid Lateral Flow (RLF) tests. The government is encouraging people to carry out RLF tests. It is recommended that CEME staff, visitors and tenants should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if they have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading. Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly. Tests can be ordered online https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.
  5. For shared office space, workstations should be 2m apart and rooms adequately ventilated. Where 2m distance is not achievable layouts should be reviewed using screens or barriers, back-to-back or side-to-side working – Operations will advise on the most appropriate layout.
  6. Fully vaccinated people or under 18 years and 6 months old will not need to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has COVID-19 unless if you’re a contact of someone who may have been infected with the Omicron variant, you must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of your age, vaccination status or any negative test results.
  7. 2m social distancing remains, along with one-way systems, one person to a lift and hand sanitisation measures.
    COVID-19 control measures will be reviewed on a regular basis and are subject to change as long as the virus threat continues. Coronavirus remains a serious health risk.

Stay Safe!

CEME hope you and your close ones keep safe and well throughout this Pandemic and are here to support your business during this challenging time.  If you have any concerns or wish to discuss any of the above further please contact Seb Coombs on commercial matters, or Paul Johnston in relation to facilities.

Seb.coombs@ceme.co.uk (Commercial)

Paul.johnston@ceme.co.uk (Facilities)