Coronavirus update from Telford and Wrekin Council 25 January 2021
Working from home, testing and safe workspace: your duty as an employer
As a borough employer, we need you to comply with Central Government’s Covid-19 restrictions and do everything you can to keep your workplaces safe. The new variant is highly contagious and spreading at an alarming rate, the situation is grave and extremely serious.
- 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 show no symptoms (asymptomatic), unaware they’re carrying and passing on the virus
- Over 900 people are testing positive on a weekly basis across the borough
- NHS hospital admissions are at critical levels – capacity is stretched, more people are in harm’s way and sadly, more people are dying
Your employees should be working from home wherever possible
In line with Central Government guidance, which can be viewed here. We are urging you to direct staff to work from home unless they cannot reasonably work from home. However, if they are required to come into the office or on site, we would expect you as an employer to ensure the Central Government’s COVID secure guidelines are followed and ensure that your staff are undergoing regular lateral flow testing.
Your responsibility to regularly test your employees
Getting a test for employees without symptoms
Rapid testing identifies people who are infectious on the day of the test but don’t have symptoms. If you do this regularly it will help isolate the spread of the virus and prevent outbreaks. Anyone over the age of 16 can get a rapid test by booking an appointment at a rapid test centre. One is located at The Place at Oakengates, with more set to open in the coming days and weeks.
Getting a test for employees with symptoms
Employees with symptoms need to be sent for a full test where the test samples go to a laboratory. To book a Covid19 test you must pre-book online or order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site. There are a number of test sites across the borough including:
Drive through test
- Randlay Valley Car Park
- Iron Bridge park and ride
- Harper Adams University, Harris Overflow Car Park
- Wellington, Wrekin Road Car Park
- Oakengates, The Place Car Park
- Madeley, Legges way car park
General guidance on safety in workplaces that are open
A business should have key measures in place as detailed in the Government’s guidance including, where appropriate, a Covid-19 risk assessment, a contact tracing system to collect the details of customers and visitors, Covid-19 safety signage displayed, a cleaning regime in place, facilities for hand washing, steps taken to maintain a 2-metre distance (and where people cannot maintain 2-metre distancing the business should implement risk mitigation), staff wearing adequate PPE and customers wearing a face covering.
Telford & Wrekin Council’s Public Protection Team are working with businesses and premises across the borough to ensure they have the appropriate Covid measures in place. Further business support and advice can be found here.
As part of the Council’s Covid Compliance scheme, launched last year, the authority is urging people to report concerns and information on rule-breaking by businesses via email [email protected] Where we find significant issues of concern in workplaces, we will consider using enforcement powers.
Further information on the latest lockdown restrictions you need to follow can be found here.
At this time, our borough’s priorities have to be to protect the most vulnerable, protect the NHS and to save lives. We all have a collective responsibility to deliver this.
Please do everything you can to support our borough – stay safe, be kind.
Originally published by Telford & Wrekin Council