ACAS & UK Government Guidance – 10/09/20
- tell them to go home immediately.
- ask them to avoid using public transport to travel home, if possible.
- tell them to get tested as soon as possible and advise of results.
- Advise other staff who need to know that there has been a suspected coronavirus case.A test can be arranged online: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.
They can choose to visit a test site nearby today and get their result tomorrow or if that is not possible to ask for a home test kit which will take longer to receive the kit and get the results. As soon as they receive the test results they should advise their place of work and other people where they have had close contact. Their employer should already have done that.
The UK Government’s basic definition of close contact is ’15 or more minutes within 2 metres of an infected person’. This is appropriate to most work environments but there are more detailed definitions on the Gov.UK website.
If someone with coronavirus symptoms comes to work, the workplace does not necessarily have to close, but access to the area should be restricted to cleaning staff until it has been fully sanitised.
Cleaning and disinfection
Public areas where a symptomatic person has passed through and spent minimal time but which are not visibly contaminated with body fluids, such as corridors, can be cleaned thoroughly as normal.
All surfaces that the person has come into contact with need to be sanitised. For manual sanitising a combined detergent and disinfectant (sanitising) solution needs to be used.
Any cloths and mop heads used must be carefully disposed of by ‘double waste bagging’, kept separate from other waste for at least 72 hours before disposal or categorised as category B infectious waste and removed by a specialist contractor.
The best method of sanitising areas is by using electrostatic spray sanitising using a suitable medical sanitiser or for longer term protection a sanitiser that coats surfaces and kills virus’ on contact.
When items cannot be sanitised thoroughly or laundered, for example, upholstered furniture and carpets or rugs, steam cleaning should be carried out.
Supporting staff who need to self-isolate
If someone needs to self-isolate it’s good practice for employers to:
- arrange for them to work from home, if they’re well enough to work.
- if they can’t work at home to pay them whatever sick pay to which they are entitled.
- support their wellbeing by staying in contact and encouraging regular communication.
- Someone with symptoms or has tested positive must self-isolate for at least 10 days.
- Anyone else in their household must self-isolate for 14 days.
- If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms or tests positive, they must self-isolate for at least 10 days. This is regardless of where they are in the 14-day isolation period.