Covid-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called Coronavirus. Symptoms can be mild, moderate, severe or fatal.
This is a Foyers Photography Risk Assessment for dealing with the current Covid-19 situation in the studio.
To keep up to date with government advice to workplaces in this fast-changing situation visit https://bit.ly/36GU1YY
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|What are the hazards?||Who might be harmed||Controls Required||Additional Controls||ACTIONS BY WHO?||ACTIONS BY WHEN?|
|Spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus||Members of staff, visitors to the clinic including clients, those accompanying clients and other visitors.||Hand Washing|
Hand washing facilities with soap and water in place.
Stringent hand washing taking place.
See hand washing guidance.
Drying of hands with disposable paper towels.
Staff encouraged to protect the skin by applying emollient cream regularly
Gel sanitisers in any area where washing facilities not readily available
|Employees to be reminded on a regular basis to wash their hands for 20 seconds with water and soap and the importance of proper drying with disposable towels. Also reminded to catch coughs and sneezes in tissues – Follow Catch it, Bin it, Kill it and to avoid touching face, eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands. Tissues will be made available throughout the workplace.|
Encourage staff to report any problems and carry out skin checks as part of a skin surveillance programme
To help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) reminding everyone of the public health advice – https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus
Posters, leaflets and other materials are available for display.
|Everyone||All the time|
Frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly particularly in areas of high use such as door handles, light switches, reception area using appropriate cleaning products and methods.
|Bob Foyers||on opening and closing the studio|
Social Distancing -Reducing the number of persons in any work area to comply with the 2-metre (6.5 foot) gap recommended by the Public Health Agency
Taking steps to review work schedules including start & finish times/shift patterns, working from home etc. to reduce the number of workers on-site at any one time. Also relocating workers to other tasks.
Redesigning processes to ensure social distancing in place.
Conference calls to be used instead of face to face meetings.
Ensuring sufficient rest breaks for staff.
Social distancing also to be adhered to in canteen area and smoking area.
|Everyone||All the time|
|Wearing of Gloves|
Where Risk Assessment identifies wearing of gloves as a requirement of the job, an adequate supply of these will be provided. Staff will be instructed on how to remove gloves carefully to reduce contamination and how to dispose of them safely.
|Staff to be reminded that wearing of gloves is not a substitute for good hand washing.||Everyone|
Public Health guidance on the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) to protect against COVID-19 relates to health care settings. In all other settings, individuals are asked to observe social distancing measures and practice good hand hygiene behaviours
Where RPE is a requirement for risks associated with the work undertaken the following measures will be followed-
Tight-fitting respirators (such as disposable FFP3 masks and reusable half masks) rely on having a good seal with the wearer’s face. A face fit test will be carried out to ensure the respiratory protective equipment (RPE) can protect the wearer.
Wearers must be clean-shaven.
|To minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 during face-fit testing the following additional measures should be carried out –|
Both the fit tester and those being fit tested should wash their hands before and after the test.
Those being fit tested with non-disposable masks should clean the mask themselves before and immediately after the test using a suitable disinfectant cleaning wipe (check with manufacturer to avoid damaging the mask).
Test face pieces that cannot be adequately disinfected (e.g. disposable half masks) should not be used by more than one individual.
Fit testers should wear disposable gloves when undertaking cleaning of the tubes, hoods etc. and ensure they remove gloves following the correct procedure (PDF)
|Symptoms of Covid-19|
If anyone becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature in the workplace they will be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance.
Line managers will maintain regular contact with staff members during this time.
If advised that a member of staff or public has developed Covid-19 and were recently on our premises (including where a member of staff has visited other work place premises such as domestic premises), the management team of the workplace will contact the Public Health Authority to discuss the case, identify people who have been in contact with them and will take advice on any actions or precautions that should be taken. https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/