The APC COVID-19 – Secure (Last reviewed on 23rd November 2020)

This COVID-19 Secure Risk Assessment is published in accordance with the requirements of the Government’s guidelines, ‘Working Safely During Coronavirus (COVID-19), which was published on 11 May 2020.  It details the steps that we are taking as a business to ensure compliance with Government and HSE guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19.”

Risk Assessing:

Risk assessments have been conducted in keeping with HSE guidance - we review and monitor daily compliance to the changes we have introduced.  Additional resources have been introduced to ensure that we are all working in line with government guidance and to facilitate physical and mental wellbeing whilst working on our sites.  All contractors on site are also required to be COVID Secure in keeping with government requirements and all measures remain under constant review. All our visitor and contractor policies have been revised and updated.

Increased Cleaning and Hygiene Measures:

The company has invested significantly to ensure the highest standards of hygiene across all sites - increased sanitation stations and supplies have been provided.  Extensive education and awareness programmes are in place, increased signage has been provided for all colleagues, including agency workers. Social distancing requirements and the most effective hand washing techniques are illustrated.  Enhanced vehicle cleaning regimes have been introduced and cleaning materials provided. Face coverings are available for use and we are complying with government guidance. Closely monitored stock controls of cleaning equipment, consumables and personal protective equipment have been implemented.

All equipment where human contact is required for use has been assessed and either replacement solutions put in place or increased hygiene measures introduced. This includes the installation of contact free time and attendance systems.

Working from Home Approach:

All non-essential work-related travel has been stopped and where possible measures have been taken to enable colleagues to work from home. When colleague absence occurs, reasons are investigated to establish COVID-19 risk. Holiday activity is also monitored to ensure quarantine requirements are complied with. Limited workplace, essential office attendance is controlled using a pre-planned rota system. 

Social Distancing - Operational adjustments:

We are operating a ‘No Contact’ Delivery approach nationally where all deliveries require drivers to observe a 2 metre distance at the point of delivery. Recipients are not requested to sign our handheld devices. Drivers across the network are also observing the requirements for face coverings as per government guidance.

Significant changes have been implemented and trained across all operational sites; shift start times at operational centres are staggered to reduce site access footfall. Revised site access and egress processes are in place, with signage and the introduction of one-way systems to support social distancing requirements. Additional rest break areas have been introduced and resources applied to monitor and oversee social distancing.

Manage Transmission Risk:

Alongside the social distancing measures and enhanced hygiene practices, Perspex screens have been introduced within hub office areas to reduce face to face contact, with increased cleaning regimes of all work areas, including vehicles. Colleague absence and self-isolation policies have been revised to accommodate isolation/ testing/ track and trace requirements.

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