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COVID-19 Visitor Risk Assessment

This risk assessment has been created to evaluate the risk to visitors from COVID-19 at Pharma Partners Recruitment Limited (PPRL) offices at The Blade, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BE.

Controls described in this document have been implemented to minimise the risk to visitors of contracting COVID-19 whilst in the office, following UK Government regulations, guidance from the Health & Safety Executive, and best practice.

This assessment was prepared on 21st July 2020, and will be updated if significant changes are required or controls are adjusted.

CONTROLS
  1. GUIDANCE & THE LAW
    1. PPRL will follow guidance and comply with legal requirements, taking all reasonable steps to protect visitors from COVID-19:
      • We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here.
      • We have cleaning, handwashing, and hygiene procedures in line with government guidance.
      • We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home.
      • We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 1 metre plus distance in the workplace.
      • Where people cannot be more than 1 metre apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk.
      • We have liaised with the Building Management regarding safety measures in common areas such as Reception, toilets, and lifts.
  2. All staff have received information on safe working practices, including detailed risk assessments describing actions to minimise the risk of transmission within the team and to visitors.
  3. Robust Health and Safety management procedures are in place and there is a professional, responsible culture amongst staff.
  1. INFORMATION PROVISION
    1. The controls detailed in this document will be communicated to visitors as follows:
  • A copy of this document is on our website.
  • A copy is located near the entrance to our premises.
  • There is clear signage around our premises.
  • A copy has been shared with our staff so they can share with expected visitors.
  1. PPRL VISITING RULES / REGULATIONS 
    1. Don’t visit if you are unwell. As per government guidance, we ask people not to visit the office if they have: 
  • Any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of or change to sense of smell or taste).
  • Are waiting for a coronavirus test result.
  • Have tested positive for coronavirus within last 14 days.
  • Live with someone, or had recent contact with someone, who has symptoms, is waiting for a test result, or has tested positive in the last 14 days.
  • Are shielding, or live with someone who is.
    1. Please try to maintain social distancing - this is the primary action to prevent transmission. To enable this, we have implemented the following:
      • Pre-arranged visitors only - we are not allowing unplanned visits at this time. Please do not bring any additional parties with you (such as children or friends).
      • Strict meeting times - please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early for your appointment.
      • Allocated seating and restricted visitor numbers.
  • All visits will be logged. Please see information below on Test and Trace.
  • Visitors will be encouraged to clean their hands on arrival and hand sanitiser is available throughout the building.
  1. CLEANLINESS AND CLEANING

An enhanced cleaning regime is in place. Higher traffic areas such as toilets and lifts are receiving additional focus and being regularly cleaned throughout the day.

  1. PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

Staff and visitors are not currently required to wear PPE but visitors are welcome to use any they bring with them following GOV, NHS, and manufacturer guidance. Some of our staff may also choose to wear PPE.

  1. NHS TEST AND TRACE

The opening up of the economy following the COVID-19 outbreak is being supported by NHS Test and Trace. Although not mandatory for our industry, we will keeping a log of all visits and will record your name, a contact telephone number, whom you are visiting, and the date and time of your visit. Visitors logs are retained for 21 days from the day of the visit.  This will help the NHS to trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, provides a way to notify them if they need to self-isolate to help stop the spread of the virus.

For further details or queries please contact: info@pharma-partners.net