Renfrewshire Council

Keep well at work - guidance for staff

To combat the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), new measures are in place to protect our most vulnerable and ensure the council and its partners - Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership and Renfrewshire Leisure, continue to provide core services.

Following guidance from Scottish and UK Government, we have also implemented social distancing as part of a ramped-up response to the outbreak. Homeworking has been introduced where possible, and changes to working arrangements are being made to help keep you, and the local people who depend on us, safe and well. All of us are engaged in providing public service, and we can expect the nature of our roles to adapt as the impact of the virus continues.

For staff who cannot work from home, those who continue to deliver critical services and/or keep the operations of the council and its partners moving, additional measures are in place to protect your health. 

Staff in care settings and those engaging in essential home visits are adopting new working procedures, and we have introduced enhanced cleaning regimes in our premises and across our fleet. 

There are a number of steps you can all take to keep you and others safe in the workplace:

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water when you arrive at work, when you leave and regularly in between
  • If hand-washing is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel or wipes
  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze
  • Bin used tissues immediately
  • Avoid contact with multi-touch surfaces such as work surfaces, door handles, telephones, hand-rails 
  • Clean and disinfect your desk each day
  • If face-to-face activity is not essential, make a phone call or connect digitally
  • If there is space, spread out your workspaces. Maintain a distance of around 2 meters, where possible, to reduce the risk of infection
  • Stay home and self-isolate if you have a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature and follow health advice

Home Visits

If the visit relates to care at home, child protection, community meals, community alarm response or emergency repairs please refer to the bespoke guidance issued by your Heads of Service which will include practical guidance around PPE and protocols.

Any other member of staff who carries out home visits as part of their role should:

  • Phone ahead to see if everyone in the household is well before visiting as a precautionary measure - if they are not, please speak with your line manager 
  • On arrival at a household, all staff should check/re-check if there is anyone within the household who is unwell or self-isolating
  • If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19 ask them to move to another part of the house and create a minimum two-meter distance for duration of visit
  • You should wash hands when you arrive and before you leave with warm water and soap, or hand sanitiser
  • Encourage residents to follow the Catch it. Bin it. Kill it advice
  • If a member of staff is unable to carry out their duties due to Coronavirus, their manager should speak to HR & OD on 0141 618 7323, 0141 618 4031 and/or 0141 618 6676.

If you are concerned, self-isolating or feel unwell at work contact your manager right away. 

Thank you for you continued support and flexibility. It is greatly appreciated.