Over the last couple of weeks we have had a number of incidents involving work colleagues that have highlighted a need to remind staff of their responsibilities in relation to health and safety during the pandemic.
Whilst we fully appreciate the immense efforts and hard work staff are doing it is vitally important that we all follow all the relevant guidance in place whether in work or outside of work.
If you are feeling unwell with a new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste you MUST remain at home and book a test via the NHS Inform website or by phoning 0800 028 2816. If you are asked to self isolate, you are required to stay at home and you should only leave the house for essential medical treatment.
We have risked assessed all our buildings and activities to ensure they are Covid secure for staff who are unable to work from home and are required to come in to their place of work.
If you are unsure of the measures which have been put in place for your own place of work, please speak to your manager in the first instance. It is essential that all staff follow the measures put in place to keep everyone safe. A continued failure to do so may be regarded as a breach of a specified safety measure which could lead to disciplinary action.
We still have seen some areas where members of staff are not following the simple measures such as keeping a 2m distance. It is important that these measures are followed at all times, even during lunch breaks or when you may be having an informal chat with colleagues.
We understand that many current working practices due to Covid 19 are still alien for many of us and we would encourage staff to use our Near Miss form if they are involved in a situation where the guidance is not being followed or if they witness such a situation involving others.
It is very important that we monitor the effectiveness of our Covid 19 measures to ensure that they are robust and working properly. Reviewing these forms is the easiest way for us to do so.
We would ask all staff to ensure that they are aware of the FACTS guidance:
The public expects a high standard of conduct from all Council workers and many of our staff will be seen as role models for others in our communities, so we need to ensure that we lead by example and continue to follow the rules set out by the Scottish Government.
We appreciate everyone’s ongoing help to ensure we keep our colleagues and communities safe.