WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
HOW MANY CASES DO WE HAVE IN THE UK?
As of 9am on 7 July, 286,349 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK
As of 5pm on 6 July, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 44,391 have died across all settings.
For further details and a breakdown of the figures click here
Public Health England updates a daily dashboard, to show trends in UK data on positive tests and deaths and to provide confirmed cases in each local authority and NHS region in England.
STAYING ALERT AND SAFE (SOCIAL DISTANCING)
On 19 June, the UK CMOs changed the COVID-19 alert level from level four to level three following a recommendation by the Joint Biosecurity Centre. This means that the virus is considered to be in general circulation but transmission is no longer high or rising exponentially. As a result, the UK Government is continuing to ease restrictions in a manner that is safe, cautious and consistent with our plan.
This means, from 4 July:
- you can meet in groups of up to two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) in any location - public or private, indoors or outdoors. You do not always have to meet with the same household - you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case - even inside someone’s home - that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers
- when you are outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
- those who have been able to form a support bubble (i.e. those in single adult households) can continue to have close contact as if they live with the other people in the bubble, but you should not change who you have formed a support bubble with
- additional businesses and venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites can open - but we will continue to keep closed certain premises where the risks of transmission may be higher
- other public places, such as libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms can open
- you can stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household (where you need to keep social distancing)
- it is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces), or in a public outdoors space, unless planned by an organisation in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance
HOW TO STOP THE INFECTION SPREADING
There are also other things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and other people getting ill with coronavirus.
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. Watch the NHS how to on handwashing https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth when it's hard to stay away from people, such as on public transport – see staying safe outside your home on GOV.UK
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LIVE WITH HAS SYMPTOMS?
Do not leave your home if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or live with someone who does.
If you are self-isolating, you must:
- not leave your home for any reason, other than to exercise once a day – but stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people
- not go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
- not have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home
- You can use your garden, if you have one.
For further details on self-isolation if you or someone you live with has symptoms please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
There is separate advice:
LOOKING AFTER YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING
To help yourself stay well while you're at home:
WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED MEDICAL HELP
While everyone is being told to stay at home, it can be hard to know what to do if you're unwell.
It's still important to get medical help if you need it, especially if you feel very unwell or think there's something seriously wrong.
- If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
- If you need to contact a GP, use the GP surgery's website, use an online service or app, or call the surgery.
- For urgent medical help, use the regular NHS 111 online service, or call 111 if you're unable to get help online.
- For life-threatening emergencies call 999 for an ambulance.
If you're advised to go to hospital, it's important to go. Keep going to any appointments you usually have, unless you're told not to.
Read about how to get medical help from home.
Please find several links that have been shared on behalf of the Track Safety Alliance by Associate Members and Supply Chain partners
Safety Central page Link to COVID 19: https://safety.networkrail.co.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/
PHE England: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
Mental Health & Wellbeing:https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/
Rail Plant Association Risk Assessment – 03 Working Under COVID 19
In light of the difficulties being faced by the industry with COVID 19, the Rail Plant Association Management committee has drafted a risk assessment for your use.
Hopefully, you will find this effective for the safe management of your work and the safety and wellbeing of your staff. I would remind you to ensure that any risk assessments that are incorporated into your procedures are done so in accordance with your company policies.
We are continuously updating this landing page with up to date guidance and information as the situation and WHO guidance develops.
- The page also contains RPE cleaning guidance as well as fitting videos and posters for all RPE relevant to Covid-19.
- There is also all the relevant fit testing resource to support any customers who either haven’t carried out fit testing or need to carry out more fit testing.
- We have also got a technical helpline which may also be a good resource of support –
- 3M PSD Technical Helpline - 0870 60 800 60
3M Covid-19 Landing Page
Selectequip has been working in collaboration with the Track Safety Alliance to provide an innovative range of signage solutions, designed to safeguard your teams during the COVID-19 Crisis. We have received a lot of positive feedback from our rail partners about the quality of the signs and the speed in which we have produced them.
If you would like any further information on these signs then please let us know, as our design and print teams are happy to discuss your special requirements and they can turn around these signs very quickly for you.
SPL Safework Procedures
One of our contractor members, SPL Powerlines, has produced this video to demonstrate how Social Distancing can be achieved on a typical Railway worksite. They have shared this among their workforce and on site televisions. They have shared this with the TSA as good practice.
SPL Safework Prodecure
Bam Nuttall Risk Assessment shared by David Murray
Bam Nuttall Risk Assessment