COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Statement

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Statement

For our interested parties, we felt it important to provide an update on how Bradleys Metal Finishers is responding to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Firstly, the safety and well-being of our staff, customers and suppliers remains our highest priority. We continue to take guidance for our actions from the Government and Public Health England and monitor developments closely.

Official advice from the UK Government and international authorities is constantly changing as the situation develops. Check the following information for the most up-to-date information.

UK Government’s office guidance; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

NHS Office Guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Only call 111 if you believe you may have Coronavirus and you cannot get help online.

As much as possible, Bradleys Metal Finishers intends to operate its offices and operations as normal whilst also taking sensible precautions to mitigate risk. As such focusing on sensible personal hygiene measures (e.g. hand washing practices) and also implementing a number of practical guidelines for the business to follow, such as:

  • Avoiding the shaking of hands or other physical contact when meeting people.
  • Postponement of non-essential face to face meetings and using Microsoft Teams or other electronic communication methods to enable meetings to take place.
  • Minimising the level of travel, including movement between our internal office locations.
  • A restriction on hospitality and event attendance.

 

In the event of an office closure, steps have been taken to expand remote working capability and robustness.

This statement is communicated to all of our employees; to this extent we advise our staff to adhere to guidance issued by Government and Public Health, this includes:

  • Washing hands often and thoroughly with soap and water. In particular after going to the toilet, before eating or handling food, and on arrival at work or home.
  • Covering mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Put any used tissues in the bin straightaway and wash hands immediately after handling used tissues.
  • Try to avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth if you have not recently washed your hands.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

 

What to do if an employee falls ill

Common symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • A fever;
  • A dry cough; and
  • Shortness of breath.

 

Exhibiting these symptoms does not necessarily mean that someone may have coronavirus. However, if an employee has symptoms, even mild symptoms, they must not attend work. Any employee who fails to adhere to this guidance will be subject to disciplinary action.

 

 

Additional Measures

  • When delivering or collecting at customer locations, drivers must remain polite at all times, but must also be mindful that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spreads through an infected person who coughs or sneezes without covering their mouth or nose with a tissue. Reducing and minimising close contact with other people will reduce the risk of infection and the spread of the virus to your work colleagues and family members.

 

Should an employee believe they have symptoms as mentioned above, visit the 111.nhs.uk website, where further medical advice can be found. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Please avoid going to your doctor or hospital to prevent infections from spreading, unless your symptoms are so severe you need medical attention.

Self-isolation

An employee may be given medical advice to self-isolate if they have certain symptoms.

Should self-isolation be necessary, please refer to the government guidance, which is currently 7 days (14-days if you don’t have the symptoms, but have been in contact with someone that has), see link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

If you suspect any of your staff are ill and have had contact with Bradleys Metal Finishers staff, we kindly ask that you notify us via your usual business contact, to confirm who they may have been in contact with within our business.

As with many other businesses, our position on Coronavirus is dynamic and may be subject to change as Government advice is updated. We recognise the importance of communication at times such as this and will ensure that all of our interested parties are kept up to date on our approach.

Summary

This policy will be kept under constant review in line with government guidance. We intend to maintain normal business operations as much as possible.

 

 

Vern Ward

Managing Director

Issue Date 25/03/2020