Guidance Note: Short-term changes in the creation and application of safe work packs and briefing arrangements
Quick who updates the How Many Cases we have on the COVID 19 Figures section
COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.
This guidance is for people who are fit and well. There is additional advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should not attend work, school, college or university, and limit the time you spend outside the home. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
But approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it.
Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space.’
In all circumstances, you should follow the guidance on meeting others safely.
You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. This will be put in law. The police can take action against you if you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’, and issue you with a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice).
You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.
A ‘reasonable excuse’ includes:
There are further reasonable excuses. For example, you may leave home to fulfil legal obligations or to carry out activities related to buying, selling, letting or renting a residential property, or where it is reasonably necessary for voting in an election or referendum.
You should minimise time spent outside your home.
It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
Public outdoor places include:
Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.
When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household - meaning the people you live with - or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).
You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops or places of worship where these remain open, and on public transport, unless you are exempt. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.
You have to meet certain eligibility rules to form a support or childcare bubble. This means not everyone will be able to form a bubble.
It is against the law to form a support bubble if you do not follow these rules.
You are permitted to leave your home to visit your support bubble (and to stay overnight with them). However, if you form a support bubble, it is best if this is with a household who live locally. This will help prevent the virus spreading from an area where more people are infected.
If you live in a household with anyone aged under 14, you can form a childcare bubble. This allows friends or family from one other household to provide informal childcare.
You must not meet socially with your childcare bubble, and must avoid seeing members of your childcare and support bubbles at the same time.
There are still circumstances in which you are allowed to meet others from outside your household, childcare or support bubble in larger groups, but this should not be for socialising and only for permitted purposes. A full list of these circumstances will be included in the regulations, and includes:
Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support - but they must take place at a premises other than a private home.
Where a group includes someone covered by an exception (for example, someone who is working or volunteering), they are not generally counted as part of the gatherings limit. This means, for example, a tradesperson can go into a household without breaching the limit, if they are there for work, and the officiant at a wedding would not count towards the limit.
The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).
You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.
There is separate guidance for households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection.
To help yourself stay well while you're at home:
What to do if you need medical help
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'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/
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.
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.
Bam Nuttall Risk Assessment shared by David Murray
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