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COVID-19 Guidance

COVID-19 Guidance

By Rebecca Wishart

26th May 2020



Guidance Note: Short-term changes in the creation and application of safe work packs and briefing arrangements

COVID-19 contingency plan (guidance for Regions on NR/L2/OHS/019)

- NR/L2/MTC/CP008

- NR/GN/OHS/00155

- Mask Cross Industry Principals

- Mask Information Sheet

- Frequency asked questions on Mask

Quick who updates the How Many Cases we have on the COVID 19 Figures section


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.


As of 9am on 25 May, there have been 3,532,634 tests, with 73,726 tests on 24 May.

261,184 people have tested positive.

As of 5pm on 24 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 36,914 have died. This new figure includes deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals.

For further notes on the figures click here

Public Health England updates a daily dashboard later the same day, 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.


To stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should try to avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with.

It's very important to stay at home as much as possible.

There are only a few specific reasons to leave your home, including:

  • for work, if you cannot work from home
  • going to shops to get things like food and medicine, or to collect things you've ordered
  • to exercise or spend time outdoors
  • for any medical reason, to donate blood, avoid injury or illness, escape risk of harm, provide care or help a vulnerable person

When outside your home, it's important to try to stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with.

For more about when you can leave your home, see:


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
  • 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


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:  

There is separate advice:


To help yourself stay well while you're at home:


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:

PHE England:

Mental Health & Wellbeing:


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

COVID-19 Presentation

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.

COVID-19 Presentation

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



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