Living with Covid-19 Workplace Safety @ CEME
“I must say the campus is looking rather like an oasis. A retreat for recovery from COVID-19, it is calming and beautiful.”
During the Government’s nationwide lockdown that came into place on the 23rd March 2020, CEME has continued to stay open to enable key sector businesses to operate and support the nation during this period of the COVID-19 Pandemic crisis.
We have been monitoring UK Government advice on a daily basis to ensure we follow best practice, and implement appropriate control measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infections on the campus. As a consequence, the following safety control measures have been initiated:
COVID-19 Risk Assessment
A COVID-19 specific risk assessment has been carried out using the five steps of risk assessment: Look for the Hazards, Who might be Harmed and How, Evaluate the Risks, Record the Findings and, Review. This has been the basis for implementing Health and Safety mitigation controls – with some of the key areas covered below:
The Government’s advice is to maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible. CEME has introduced the following:
- Comprehensive 2m social distancing signage across site including floor signs to the Main Building, Innovation Centre and Launchpad Centre as well as to external walkways.
- A one-way system has been deployed to the main building Street area.
- The CEME workshop access and egress has been adapted to a one-way system.
- Communal furniture has either been removed or repositioned to comply with the 2m rule.
- Turnstiles have been removed to the main building reception to allow for the 2m distance.
- Lifts are restricted to one user per lift journey
Managing Transmission Risk
Where people cannot be 2m apart, we must manage transmission risk. The following measures have been introduced:
- Protective screens have been installed to reception desk, and will also be installed to the café till areas before reopening.
- People are encouraged to keep physical activity time where a 2m distance isn’t achievable as short as possible.
Enhanced Cleaning Regimes
Government guidance also advises that cleaning processes are reinforced. CEME has introduced the following:
- A total of 54 additional hand sanitiser stations have been installed across campus.
- Additional cleaning carried out to ‘touch point’ areas across campus such as door handles and hand rails.
- Additional signage instructing best practice for handwashing and personal hygiene standards.
Hospitality and Café Services
Hospitality and café services continue to operate on the campus in line with government guidance via a takeaway and delivery offer, with the following measures currently in place:
- Use of face coverings are compulsory for all customers of the CEME café –these are worn when entering the café area and at all times until leaving. Signage and clear demarcation of this area are set-out.
- Serving staff are required to wear face coverings at all times.
- Tables in the cafe are sanitised after every use.
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. You are encouraged to start safety planning for your own workplace areas and to follow Government guidance – found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/offices-and-contact-centres#offices-3-2
CEME very much stays open for business and we continue to support you and your businesses through these challenging times. 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.