TOP TEN SAFETY TIPS
Principal and CEO of Selby College Phil Sayles, provides the College's Top Ten Safety Actions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, ahead of the College's reopening on the 15th of June:
WORKING SAFELY DURING COVID-19
TOP 10 SAFETY TIPS
1. RECOGNISE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 – do not come to College if you or any members of your household start to feel ill with COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone over five can get tested. You may need to self-isolate.
2. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN – use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitiser is a good substitute. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and phone with unwashed hands.
3. WIPE DOWN SURFACES BEFORE USE / DON’T SHARE EQUIPMENT – computers, tools, pens and other equipment kept solely for your use are best. Avoid hot-desking and remain at the same workstation all day. Carry your own wipes. If shared usage can’t be avoided then chairs, desks and equipment must be disinfected before the next usage!
4. VENTILATE YOUR OFFICE / CLASSROOM – open windows and doors. The last person to leave must ensure fire doors are closed!
5. CATCH YOUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES – carry tissues to cover your nose and mouth and bin used tissues. No tissue: cough or sneeze into your elbow – not your hands. Wash hands immediately!
6. LIMIT YOUR MOVEMENT AROUND COLLEGE – try not to visit other offices and buildings unless absolutely necessary. Use telephones, radios and Microsoft Teams if possible to contact colleagues.
7. MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING - DON’T BE A SPACE INVADER! Keep at least 2 metres away from others. Be cautious at corners. And please don’t be offended if someone asks you to back off!
8. ISOLATION ROOMS – know where the nearest one is and understand the procedure for getting staff/students safely off site. Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms in College must then leave safely and as quickly as possible!
9. KEEP LEFT WHEN MOVING AROUND COLLEGE - one-way systems have been introduced to control movement and maintain social distancing. Familiarise yourself with access routes around buildings. Consider all available emergency exits and plan you escape route in the event of an evacuation!
10. GO OUTDOORS – if the weather is fine enjoy the sunshine. The spread of COVID-19 is significantly reduced in open spaces. Think about taking breaks and holding meetings or classes outside if possible but socially-distance!
GUIDANCE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION