COVID 19 Info

RISK ASSESSMENT & PROCEDURES COVID-19

Veritas Education Recruitment Ltd is operating a business as usual policy whilst following advice from Government and the World Health Organisation in relation to COVID-19. Actions are being taken in line with the current Government advice and our senior management team review this guidance on a weekly basis and as and when updates are announced.

Collaboratively working with our Schools/Nurseries

We are working with our clients to ensure that any staff booked are fully aware of government guidance / best practice when working in an educational settings during this crisis.

We are asking our Clients to communicate their procedures with regards to hygiene measure, social distancing and health & safety ahead of the commencement of a booking / arrival on site.

Our Agency Workers Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Our teaching staff are being advised to follow government guidelines on managing their personal risk of infection if they are experiencing symptoms or if they are living with someone with symptoms.

Pre-screening is currently in place before any candidate is placed into a booking. If any candidate is found to have contracted (or displaying symptoms of) the virus, symptoms or indeed had been in contact with someone that has, they will be asked to stay at home and self-isolate for at least 7 days from when the symptoms started (if they live alone), or 14 days (if they live with someone with symptoms).

We note that wearing a face covering or facemask in schools or other education settings is not currently recommended. However, we have supplies of facemasks in stock and are happy to provide these to our workers if the clients deem it necessary.

Any agency worker that we supply will be issued government guidance on working in education settings. We are continuously monitoring the situation and keeping candidates fully updated on the latest guidance and advice.

Candidates returning to schools
(inc bookings, trials or interviews)

All candidates are to be screened pre – work being offered to check if they are suffering any symptoms of COVID 19/have been in contact with anyone who has the virus or displaying symptoms or in the vulnerable category.

Clients asked to inform candidates in full regarding new social distancing and H&S practices on arrival on site.

Candidates given latest government advice in relation to staying safe and recognising symptoms

 

Candidate who has contracted the Coronavirus / experiencing symptoms

 

  • Candidate is not to be placed into bookings and advised to self-isolate for 7/14 days.
  • Bookings not offered until after period of self-isolation.
  • Clients where the candidate has worked in the last 5 days to be informed and made aware of the associated risks.
  • Candidates to be referred for a key worker test via the following site: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

 

Candidates experiencing symptoms when at work

  • If staff develop coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while at school they must be sent home.
  • If anyone has any of the Coronavirus symptoms they should self-isolate at home.

 

Candidates travelling on public transport

  • We advise candidates to avoid using public transport wherever possible. Recommend walking, cycling and other forms of transport where possible.
  • If using public transport, we make the follow recommendations:

• Maintaining good hand hygiene
• Practice social distancing
• Follow NHS advice displayed on public transport
• Use contactless payment methods
• Be aware of the surfaces you touch.
• Be careful not to touch your face.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
• Wear a face covering

Candidates who are classified as vulnerable

Candidates are to be screened before being offered work to check if they are suffering any symptoms of COVID 19 / have been in contact with anyone who has the virus or displaying symptoms or are in the vulnerable category.

The UK Government has issued advice stating that for those who are over 70, those who have an underlying health condition or those who are pregnant should:

  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or a new and continuous cough;
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible;
  • Work from home, where possible.
  • Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs;
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media;
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.
  • Be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures, initially for a period of around 12 weeks.

 

Candidates supervising children who feel unwell in school

  • If staff are aware of young people or children who develop coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while at school they must follow DfE and school procedures and where possible the child should be sent home.
  • If a child is awaiting collection, they should be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision if required. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.
  • If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they should use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.
  • PPE should be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).
  • In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy or hospital.
  • If a member of staff has helped someone who was taken unwell with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell. Cleaning the area with normal household disinfectant after someone with symptoms has left will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
  • Workers can be referred for a key worker test via the following site:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

Veritas Education Recruitment Ltd is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of our clients, candidates and staff as far as is practicable. This document will be reviewed on a regular basis.

RISK ASSESSMENT & PROCEDURES COVID-19

 

Veritas Education Recruitment Ltd is operating a business as usual policy whilst following advice from Government and the World Health Organisation in relation to COVID-19. Actions are being taken in line with the current Government advice and our senior management team review this guidance on a weekly basis and as and when updates are announced.

 

Collaboratively working with our Schools/Nurseries

We are working with our clients to ensure that any staff booked are fully aware of government guidance / best practice when working in an educational settings during this crisis.

 

We are asking our Clients  to communicate their procedures with regards to hygiene measure, social distancing and health & safety ahead of the commencement of a booking /  arrival on site.

 

Our Agency Workers Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Our teaching staff are being advised to follow government guidelines on managing their personal risk of infection if they are experiencing symptoms or if they are living with someone with symptoms.

 

Pre-screening is currently in place before any candidate is placed into a booking. If any candidate is found to have contracted (or displaying symptoms of) the virus, symptoms or indeed had been in contact with someone that has, they will be asked to stay at home and self-isolate for at least 7 days from when the symptoms started (if they live alone), or 14 days (if they live with someone with symptoms).

 

We note that wearing a face covering or facemask in schools or other education settings is not currently recommended.  However, we have supplies of facemasks in stock and are happy to provide these to our workers if the clients deem it necessary.

 

Any agency worker that we supply will be issued government guidance on working in education settings.  We are continuously monitoring the situation and keeping candidates fully updated on the latest guidance and advice.

 

Candidates returning to schools

(inc bookings, trials or interviews)

 

·         All candidates are to be screened pre work being offered to check if they are suffering any symptoms of COVID 19/have been in contact with anyone who has the virus or displaying symptoms or in the vulnerable category.

·         Clients asked to inform candidates in full regarding new social distancing and H&S practices on arrival on site.

·         Candidates given latest  government advice in relation to staying safe and recognising symptoms

 

Candidate who has contracted the Coronavirus / experiencing symptoms

 

·         Candidate is not to  be placed into bookings and advised to self-isolate for 7/14 days.

·         Bookings not offered until after period of self-isolation.

·         Clients where the candidate has worked in the last 5 days to be informed and made aware of the associated risks.

·         Candidates to be referred for a key worker test via the following site: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

 

Candidates experiencing symptoms when at work

 

·         If staff develop coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while at school they must be sent home.

·         If anyone has any of the Coronavirus symptoms they should self-isolate at home.

 

Candidates travelling on public transport

 

·         We advise candidates to avoid using public transport wherever possible. Recommend walking, cycling and other forms of transport where possible.

·         If using public transport, we make the follow recommendations:

 

   Maintaining good hand hygiene

   Practice social distancing

   Follow NHS advice displayed on public transport

   Use contactless payment methods

   Be aware of the surfaces you touch.

   Be careful not to touch your face.

   Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.

   Wear a face covering

 

 

Candidates who are classified as vulnerable

 

·         Candidates are to be screened before being offered work to check if they are suffering any symptoms of COVID 19 / have been in contact with anyone who has the virus or displaying symptoms or are in the vulnerable category.

·         The UK Government has issued advice stating that for those who are over 70, those who have an underlying health condition or those who are pregnant should:

 

   avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or a new and continuous cough;

   avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible;

   work from home, where possible.

   avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs;

   avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media;

   use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

   be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures, initially for a period of around 12 weeks.

 

 

Candidates supervising children who feel unwell in school

 

·         If staff are aware of young people or children who develop coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while at school they must follow DfE and school procedures and where possible the child should be sent home.

·         If a child is awaiting collection, they should be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision if required. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.

·         If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they should use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.

·         PPE should be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).

·         In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy or hospital.

·         If a member of staff has helped someone who was taken unwell with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell. Cleaning the area with normal household disinfectant after someone with symptoms has left will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

·         Workers can be referred for a key worker test via the following site:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

 

Veritas Education Recruitment Ltd is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of our clients, candidates and staff as far as is practicable. This document will be reviewed on a regular basis.

 

 

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