COVID-19: Breaking News Update

We do not want to cause undue panic, but we need to ensure that you are at the forefront of the latest Coronavirus situation.

We need to ensure that you, as our clients, are up to date with the latest information regarding the Coronavirus, and how this will affect you as an employer.

The UK Government’s Chief Medical Advisor advised yesterday that even people with ‘minor signs’ of respiratory tract infections will be told to self-isolate. This change could happen in the next 10 to 14 days. This will have a significant impact on those reliable staff who would normally come into work, armed with paracetamol and ‘cracking on’ with their duties.

For all the latest breaking news on COVID-19 visit the government website here. Latest updates.

You will have seen that Boris Johnson has announced Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) should apply from day 1 (as opposed to day 4), for those who are self-isolating. However, the details of that remain unknown. SSP can no longer be reclaimed from the government. At present, we don’t know what (if any) reimbursements will be made to companies to alleviate the financial strains by enforcing day 1 rights to SSP. Our recommendations to you is to look at your forecasting and to plan. Look at your budgets and see how this could potentially work in practice.

For the latest news on the budget, visit the BBC website here. Latest updates.

As part of this, look at your home working options. Of course, this will be difficult for more manual workers. Consider short term lay off or short term working, dependant on your contracts and policies.

The interim guidance for business and employers is in relation to health and safety:

  • Perform routine environmental cleaning, for example frequently touched work surfaces such as computers, desks and door handles
  • Emphasise the importance of hand hygiene and the etiquette for coughs and sneezes
  • Access visitors coming onto your site/business premises, have they visited any of the countries that are causing concern for COVID-19 or been in contact with anyone suffering from the illness?
  • Refer to your Business Continuity Plan – In particular what you do in the event of an outbreak in the workplace and how do you continue working

Get support for your business, call us on 01527 571611 if you have any concerns.

“The training that was provided was well presented with good advice of how to extend our health and safety knowledge base. I would recommend all those who are looking for a health and safety consultant to use this team.”

Gareth Lainson – Director  
Gareth Lainson – Director

“Thank you to Agility for all of your help, and especially for the promptness of your responses. It is good to know we have someone as dedicated as you watching our back!”

Steve Boyd – Managing Director 
Steve Boyd – Managing Director

“A Poole and Sons have used the services of Agility since 2010. We have always been very pleased with the professional tailored approach that we have received from all of the Agility divisions.”

Steve Lupton 
Steve Lupton

“With our company consistently expanding within the industry, we found it beneficial to outsource our health and safety management to Agility. Using Agility provides us with a continuous update on all health and safety aspects.”

Wayne Evans – CEO 
Wayne Evans – CEO

“Agility has been very efficient getting through the testing quickly and we have had several comments to say the audiologist makes the test much easier and clearer to understand. Agility has been very flexible and great at helping to translate with some of our staff.”

Angela Cooke – HR  
Angela Cooke – HR

“I had HR training from Agility to develop my understanding of capability, disciplinary and absence management. Their teaching style is easy to understand and follow.”

Colin Branagh – Production Manager 
Colin Branagh – Production Manager

“One of the best decisions of 2011 was to join Agility for health and safety support. For a rapidly growing business, I would strongly recommend the services of Agility, they have now helped to take the business to a new level.”

Nigel Markey – Managing Director 
Nigel Markey – Managing Director

“Our decision to use Agility to provide these services was based on their team’s experience in these specialist areas, the attention to our operational needs and requirements and their proactive approach in service provision.”

Phil King – CEO 
Phil King – CEO

“I found the Asbestos Awareness Course very instructive and informative. It was well presented and to the point. I will certainly recommend your company to others.”

Neil Johnson – MD  
Neil Johnson – MD

“Agility were extremely flexible in customising a bespoke course to suit my needs, delivering a hot house one-to-one fire safety workshop from which I took much valuable information and which generated many ideas for subsequent implementation.”

David Riley – Occupational Safety Manager  
David Riley – Occupational Safety Manager

“Agility were extremely helpful and flexible in arranging a bespoke course at very short notice at their excellent Bromsgrove facilities.”

Malc Beddow – QHSE 
Malc Beddow – QHSE

“Thank you very much for your support…it is much appreciated. Going through the evaluation sheets afterwards, the highlight certainly appears to have been Agility’s workshop.”

Michael Jameson – Chief Officer 
Michael Jameson – Chief Officer

“I would like to thank the Agility team for making me feel most welcome at their Disciplinary and Grievance seminar. The quality of the seminar was excellent, together with the venue and the refreshments provided.”

Metsec 
Metsec

“Agility were extremely helpful in taking into consideration Gardner Denver’s needs when tailoring a suite of Managing Safely courses.”

Hydrovane 
Hydrovane

“The courses were well planned and delivered in a very practical and professional manner. The course has allowed our employees to use the knowledge gained to proactively enhance the health and safety culture within the organisation.”

Kevin Hambidge  
Kevin Hambidge