Latest Update – 19/09/21 – general updates
Everyone over 18 can now book the Covid vaccine: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
It is important we all follow these simple rules;
- maintain social distancing
- wash your hands regularly
- self isolate if you or someone you live with develops a cough or fever or a loss or changed sense of normal smell or taste
- we recommend people use the available lateral flow tests, particularly if working in cohorts
What happens if I get ill? If you are sick, you should stay at home until you are well. You should let us know by calling 01277 650697.
When must I self-isolate? Self-isolate immediately if:
- you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- you live with someone or are in a support bubble with someone who has symptoms or tested positive and you are not fully vaccinated
- you’re told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app and you are not fully vaccinated
- you arrive in the UK from a Red or Amber list country – see Red, Amber and Green List Rules for entering England
You can find government guidance for households who need to isolate here.
Do people I have been in contact with need to self-isolate? You may want to tell people you’ve been in close contact with in the past 48 hours that you might have coronavirus. Examples of close contact include:
- close face to face contact (under 1 metre) for any length of time
- being within 1 to 2 metres of each other for more than 15 minutes – for example travelling in a vehicle or eating in a restaurant together
- someone who has spent a lot of time in your home, e.g. family, friends or a cleaner
If you know you have been in close contact with someone who has Covis-19, even if you do not need to self-isolate because you are fully vaccinated, you should take extra precautions – do not go into a GC office, avoid sharing vehicles and enclused spaces with other people and take daily lateral flow tests.
When can I come out of self-isolation? You can end self-isolation when:
- You have had symptoms and have been self-isolating for at least 10 days, and have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days.
- You have been self-isolating for 10 days and have not developed symptoms.
- You and anyone you live with who has had symptoms has been tested and received a negative result.
Can I still work if I am showing symptoms or have tested positive? Only if you are able to work at home and are well enough to do so, but you must self-isolate as described above.
Advice for GC Employees & Teams
- Covid Standard Operating Procedure and Risk Assessments are on The Pulse and iAuditor and here: HSQE COVID Docs (SOP / RA)
- Use of the NHS Covid-19 app is mandatory for anyone working in cohorts or vehicle sharing, or working in offices.
- Stick to the same work cohorts every day, you should be working with the same people. This reduces the number of people potentially required to self-isolate if someone within the cohort tests positive.
- Please carry and use antibacterial gel where regular hand washing is not an option.
- You must wear a face-covering whenever you are inside an enclosed space, e.g. when in welfare units, signing in and out of stores, using bathrooms. Ventilate spaces where you can do so.
We continue to deliver services to our customers during this time, we are working with our clients to ensure that client specific controls are adhered to. Ground Control have taken all reasonable steps to ensure that controls are in place across all operations. We have implemented a full suite of safety guidance that has been cascaded to all employees. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any guidance please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions should be directed to:
|· Contact||· Contact Details|
|· HSQE||· Angelina Sooren – email@example.com – 07961 047790|
|· HR||· Tanya Meah – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07850 723470|
|· ICT||· Sim Hassall – email@example.com – 07782 209993|
Ground Control Response to Coronavirus
Ground Control has no immediate concerns over our ability to deliver services to their usual standard whilst following all government guidance, and where we cannot do so safely we will discuss with customers alternatives to ensure that any impact is reduced. Ground Control is a naturally resilient company as the vast majority of our work is done remotely and does not require coming into a central yard or office, thus naturally reducing exposure risks. Ground Control has conducted extensive resilience testing across every department and are perfectly positioned to meet any challenge the Coronavirus or indeed any other significant challenges that may occur in the future, e.g. fire, flood or terrorism.
Well-resourced business continuity plans are in place, and the following actions have been undertaken:
- All works are risk assessed to ensure they can be completed whilst maintaining 2m distancing between operatives. Where this cannot be achieved, works will not go ahead.
- Regular communication by email and text message with all employees to update on the latest advice.
- Ground Control has a robust IT infrastructure and employees can access business systems and communications platforms remotely.
- Implementing enhanced preventive hygiene controls, including increased cleaning and provision of sanitisers etc.
Have your systems and processes been tested? Good news, our systems and processes have undergone extensive resilience testing and we are superbly positioned to cope with any eventuality resulting from the threat of Coronavirus. Ground Control has made extensive investments into our systems and is ahead of the curve in terms of preparedness. All of our office based staff have home working capability, and in an effort to support the UK in minimising the spread of the virus, Ground Control has proactively moved to home working for all office based staff with zero negative impact to our customers experience. Ground Control’s Senior Management response team has been meeting daily since 3rd March to review processes and data from our operations, clients and systems as well as the latest UK Government guidance to ensure that we continue to stay ahead of this moving situation.
Does Ground Control have any confirmed cases of Coronavirus? We have had a very low number of confirmed cases which have all been quickly isolated.
What is your process around handling anyone that does have a confirmed case of Coronavirus? We continue to adhere to and monitor the UK Government guidelines around managing any confirmed or suspected cases of Coronavirus. We are ensuring anyone working with Ground Control with any Covid symptoms is able to self-isolate at home.
Is your supply chain robust enough to manage any issues that may arise? Is everything sourced from the UK? Yes, we have reviewed our supply chain and we are confident that we have provisions in place to mitigate any foreseeable challenges. We have a number of staff isolating at home, however this is having no significant impact on delivery at present. We will of course continue to monitor this and will take proactive steps to ensure that we stay well placed and well equipped to support our clients.
How are your field team operatives being supported and kept safe? We are working with our clients to limit human to human contact where possible for our field based employees. We have supplied our field teams with the very latest guidance on how best to manage the threat of the Coronavirus and we continue to communicate with them as we navigate through this moving situation.