COVID 19 Policy

COVID 19 Company Policy

Policy brief & purpose

This company policy includes the measures we are actively taking to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. You are kindly requested to follow all these rules diligently, to sustain a healthy and safe workplace in this unique environment. It’s important that we all respond responsibly and transparently to these health precautions. We assure you that we will always treat your private health and personal data with high confidentiality and sensitivity.

This coronavirus (COVID-19) company policy is susceptible to changes with the introduction of additional governmental guidelines. The health, safety and wellbeing of our clients and employees remains paramount.

  • The government and NHS advice is that anyone with certain symptoms (such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a change or loss of sense of smell) must self-isolate at home for 10 days from when the symptoms started. Anyone living in the same household should self-isolate for 14 days. You should also self-isolate if you’re waiting for a coronavirus test result or have tested positive for the virus, or if you live with someone with symptoms who has tested positive or is waiting for their test result.

  • If you have recently returned from areas with a high number of COVID-19 cases and not exempt from government mandated quarantine, we’ll ask you to work from home for 14 calendar days, and return to the office only if you are fully asymptomatic.

  • If you’ve been in close contact with someone infected by COVID-19, we’ll ask you to work from home. There is further NHS Test and Trace advice if someone has been in contact with a person who has coronavirus.

Changes to our working practices 

We continue to take steps to protect our workforce and clients.

  • All work trips and events will be cancelled/postponed until further notice.

  • In-person meetings should be done virtually where possible, especially with non-company parties (e.g. candidate interviews and partners).

  • All employees should inform their line managers or supervisor of any pre-existing medical conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) that may exacerbate the effects of COVID-19. 

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. PHE recommends that the best way to reduce any risk of infection is good basic hygiene and avoiding direct or close contact (closer than two metres) with any potentially infected person to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:  

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze, dispose of used tissues straight away.  

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.   

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell  

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces  

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean 

  • Open the windows regularly to ensure open ventilation.

We are adopting a ‘no physical contact policy’ e.g. hand-shaking – all employees and customers are aware of this.

Particular attention is be paid to cleaning, and in particular cleaning common surfaces with disinfectant/ anti-bacterial wipes e.g. door handles, handrails etc.

All offices are arranged according to a 2m social distance, with clear signage throughout. Hand sanitiser is provided throughout.

This policy has been created following government guidelines.