We are regularly reviewing guidance to ensure we minimise the risk of Covid-19 for our staff, patients and visitors. Given the increasing infection rate of Covid-19, and in line with other Shelford Group hospitals, we have agreed that clinical areas cannot be assessed as ‘Covid secure’, even if all practical measures have been taken to control potential spread of infection.
Covid-19 secure environment – local H&S risk assessments
All areas must complete a Local Covid-19 Secure Environment – Health and Safety Risk assessment to comply with health and safety legal requirements and government Covid-19 secure guidelines and ensure that the risks from Covid-19 are reduced to as lohttps://cuhstaffportal.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/FINAL-Local-COVID-19-Secure-Environment-HS-Risk-Assessment-Template-v.-1.4.docxw as reasonably practicable. The risk assessment will help you identify the actions that need to be taken.
The risk assessment has been updated and all areas must complete the new risk assessment. You should continue to regularly review your risk assessment and ensure you are maintaining the control measures you have put in place.
It contains further actions that are required and has been written as a series of questions in order to assist with the identification and implementation of control measures to manage the risks associated with Covid-19 in workplaces. It also will help to determine whether workplaces are Covid-19 secure.
Clinical areas can be classed as ‘covid managed’, which means that all possible measures have been introduced, but due to clinical activity being undertaken it cannot be classed as ‘covid secure’. Non-clinical areas that meet the criteria can be assessed as ‘covid secure’. ‘Covid managed’ and ‘covid secure’ areas are both considered ‘green areas’.
Instructions on how to complete the local risk assessment are provided on the document itself.
Please read the accompanying guidance document before completing the risk assessment.
What is considered a clinical area?
A clinical area is any space where clinical interaction with patients takes place, including any support accommodation associated with it (such as offices, staff rooms, stores).
What does this mean for staff in high risk groups?
Staff who have either been shielding or are identified as being in the ‘red’ risk category in the individual staff risk assessment forms can return to work in green areas with appropriate risk assessments in place, with the support of Occupational Health.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Once completed, the risk assessment must be sent to Covid.email@example.com. Should any items need to be purchased to meet the requirements these can be sourced as per below:
|Item||Who to contact|
|Wipes||Order via procurement|
|Hand sanitiser||Please call 348121, Medirest help desk|
|Floor tape||Place call on 216696, facilities help desk|
|Signage||Place call on 216696, facilities help desk|
|Posters||Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Plastic screens for desks||Please see the Desk screen order process with details on how to order desk screens from our supplier, Northgate|
If on completing the local risk assessment it confirms that your area is Covid-19 secure you will be able to display a poster so that others entering the area are aware. Please e-mail email@example.com for more details about this.
A Trust wide Covid-19 Secure Environment – Health and Safety Risk Assessment on how the Trust is managing the risks associated with Covid-19 has also been developed, and is available here.
Risk assessments have been undertaken in the Clinical School in line with University of Cambridge requirements (as the owner of the building).
There are a number of safety measures in place including the availability of hand sanitiser, enhanced cleaning, installation of screens and one way systems. The building is also working at a reduced occupancy of 30%.
Face masks must be worn in the Clinical School where 2-metre social distancing cannot be maintained.