A Message From Anne Saxby, Association Director RE: COVID-19

Dear members

In light of the Prime Ministers press conference yesterday (23rd March) it was announced that only key workers would be exempt from quarantine. This includes NHS, grocery stores, hardware stores, post offices and a few other establishments which can be listed in this document. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874732/230320_-Revised_guidance_note-_finalVF.pdf

Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office Minister, stated today that construction and manufacturing should continue as “there is some essential work that needs to continue,”

We deem members to be essential workers keeping the infrastructure of the country running, working on entrances and keeping those key establishments running smoothly. For example many of you still have service contracts at hospitals, surgeries etc. That still require engineers to work.

Because of this we advise stricter safety measures including:

  • disposable gloves,
  • extra hand sanitisation measures
  • social distancing of at least 2m away from others.
  • We recommend that jobs be done individually where possible and that all precautions are met when ensuring the health and safety of workers and the public.

As part of the construction sector, we advise employers make their decision as to whether engineers should go on site. It is at the discretion of our members whether a job is necessary. For example, hospitals, care homes and grocery stores to ensure their operations run as smoothly as possible.

Office staff should work from home and be given the support in order to do so effectively.

Stay safe and stay home where possible. We understand this is a trying time and employees want to ensure security where possible but if it isn’t safe to do so, please avoid it.

Thank you once again for your support and remember we are still able to do training online through video conference. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Many thanks and all the best
Anne Saxby
ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR

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