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How to stay safe at work

As businesses across the North East gradually return to 'the office' over the summer months below are some helpful tip to protect you and your workmates from Covid.


Do not go to work if you:
  • Have Covid symptoms. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance.
  • Have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service to self-isolate.
  • Are self-isolating as a result of Covid symptoms or are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms.

Arriving and leaving work: 

  • Wear a mask/face covering to wear in crowded areas such as public transport 
  • Don't all pile out together at home time.

Break times: 

  • Open a window or door to increase ventilation.
  • Clean down your area before and after use, paying particular attention to surfaces that are touched frequently (handles, light switches, work surfaces, kettles, and so on).
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before consuming food.
  • Don’t share crockery or utensils.

Car sharing: 

  • It is recommended you wear a mask/face covering when travelling with people you do not usually meet.
  • Plan your route, including any breaks, before setting out.
  • Wash hands before or use sanitiser before and after.
  • Keep windows open, even when it’s chilly.
  • Clean the car after every journey (handles, seat belts, radio button, and so on). 
  • At garages, petrol stations and motorway services, where possible, check in using the NHS COVID-19 app when you see an official NHS COVID-19 QR code poster.

General tips:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before consuming food. 
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitiser (containing at least 60% alcohol). 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you cough or sneeze then bin immediately and wash your hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell. 
  • Make sure any indoor space has good ventilation. 
  • Wear a face covering in closed environments. 
  • Isolate for ten days if you test positive, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

We will continue to update this information as the situation evolves. Together we can #BeatCovidNE

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