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Covid 19 Update

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NEW UPDATE FOR IN-HOME SERVICES (FLOOR FITTING AND MEASURING)

View full guidance here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media

Main points for performing work in the home. (If you can't be bothered reading it. Its long)

No work should be carried out in a household which is isolating because one or more family members has symptoms or where an individual has been advised to shield - unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household.

When working in a household where somebody is clinically vulnerable, but has not been asked to shield, for example, the home of someone over 70, prior arrangements should be made with vulnerable people to avoid any face-to-face contact, for example, when answering the door. You should be particularly strict about handwashing, coughing and sneezing hygiene, such as covering your nose and mouth and disposing of single-use tissues.

ObjectiveTo maintain social distancing wherever possible while performing work in the home.

  • It is recognised that for providers of some in-home services, it will not always be possible to maintain physical distance from customers.

  • If it isn’t possible to maintain social distancing while working in the home then extra attention needs to be paid to equipment, cleaning and hygiene to reduce risk.

  • Working materials, such as tools or domestic appliances, should be assigned to an individual and not shared if possible. If they need to be shared, they should be shared by the smallest possible number of people.

Steps that will usually be needed:




  • Discussing with households ahead of a visit to ask that a 2m distance is kept from those working, if possible.

  • Asking that households leave all internal doors open to minimise contact with door handles.

  • Identifying busy areas across the household where people travel to, from or through, for example, stairs and corridors, and minimising movement within these areas.

  • Bringing your own food and drink to households and having breaks outside where possible.

  • Limiting the number of workers within a confined space to maintain social distancing.

  • Using a fixed pairing system if people have to work in close proximity. For example, during two-person assembly or maintenance.

  • Allocating the same workers to a household where jobs are repetitive. Employers and agencies should introduce fixed pairing to have the same individuals allocated to a household where jobs are repetitive in nature.

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