Our security staff have been advised to maintain the minimum 2m distance between themselves and any other person during the course of their working day (based on current guidelines on social distancing, though we expressed that this distance may change upon government advice.
Staff have been advised that social-distancing should be maintained during travel to and from site, work on site, breaks on site and at any other time during the working day whilst travelling between different areas of site or their personal transport.
We have made it very clear to all personnel that the UK government has brought in legislation to enforce social distancing and the wearing of face coverings in all enclosed spaces and where social distancing is difficult to maintain. We explained that the news laws were introduced to ensure that all unnecessary contact between people is eliminated and the spread of Coronavirus is reduced. The only exemptions to the face-mask rule is for officers with a medical condition as identified within the government guidance.
It has been iterated that the wearing of a face covering is not a control measure to allow the social distancing guidelines to be breached.
We have advised our Security teams that they would have to seek management approval before working in any situation that required a breach of social distancing rules.This was to ensure that our standards did not slip and to ensure management and opportunity to properly assess all options, such as alternative working methods, before reverting to a lower level of control.
We have created an additional measures log which would include any specific risk assessment and method statement for such situations. But do not believe it will be utilised often.
Potential measures to be applied might include wearing of face shields with masks or introducing screens and barriers, reducing length of time for that particular security role (if possible), back-to-back working, or more frequent hand-washing and surface cleaning (undertaken by officers supplied with disposable wipes).
We have expressed in no uncertain terms that no employee was obliged to work in an unsafe environment and that A.A. Security Management would constantly reassess whether any work activity could safely go ahead.
Our work groups are now being kept as small as possible and where possible, to the same personnel.
Our COVID-19 method statement and risk assessment are maintained on site and an undertaking of understanding has been signed at each site.
During supervisory visits to sites during the COVID-19 crisis our new rules and procedures are briefed to each security officer. This is on top of an initial site Induction that had been completed on establishment of our rules and procedures.
All staff who are deployed at our client sites have been encouraged to travel to site utilising their own transport, to cycle or to walk if possible. We have advised that public transport should be avoided if possible.Where it cannot be avoided, we have altered our shift patterns to ensure that public transport is only utilised outside peak hours. This is to avoid close contact with other commuters because of potential COVID-19 infections.
We have expressed that car sharing is not undertaken during this time, if possible. Alternatively, efforts should be made to minimise the amount of people travelling together in one vehicle, use fixed travel partners, increased ventilation when possible and for passengers to avoid sitting face to face.
Our staff have been advised to use all designated walkways set by our clients. In particular they must obey rules regarding one-way systems and social distancing markers. accordingly. When using stairs we have advised that those at the bottom of the stair must give way to those at the top. Some clients have designated locations for smoking and use of mobile telephones and such rules must be observed – this may include one person using location at any time.Security Officers must also comply with client rules for washroom facilities and for use of canteens.
Where involved in gate duties officers are required to ensure that they do not linger at entrance points and must view ID cards whilst they are held up by visitors, without touching.
Approved visitors to any site must be provided with a copy of the clients COVID-19 regulations, which our officers are required to be fully conversant in.Visitors must be advised of the authority of any social-distancing champion assigned by our clients or their sub-contractors.
We have been ensuring that our client’s locations for hand-sanitizer and hand-washing stations are recorded in our Assignment instructions.Moreover, we have asked all officers to have a hand-sanitizer bottle with them whilst on duty.Our operatives have also been advised to wash hands before meals, drinking or smoking and after any visit to washrooms. Hands should also be cleansed before putting a face-mask on or when removing it.
Staff have been advised of the need to change their face covering if it becomes damp or if they touch it. To continue to wash their hands regularly and to change and wash their face covering daily (or discard daily if not washable). In addition to this we have
Should the use of a Fire Muster point be necessary on any site of deployment, personnel will need to be mindful of wearing face-masks and retaining the social distancing limit distance from each other and members of the public traversing the area.
Where our officers are the appointed First Aid officer, the primary responsibility is to preserve life and first aid should be administered if required and until emergency services attend. In this circumstance it is ok to breach the social distancing rules. However in situations that are not life threatening or serious, then consideration should be given to how First Aid is administered. It may be possible to provide instructions from a safe distance to allow self-treatment or other available solutions. However, the patient’s welfare always takes priority over social distancing.
We have a wide range of services that could benefit your business and include a schedule of rates below this post. You can also learn more at www.aasecurity.co.uk
|Security Service Provided||Pricing schedule|
|Static Security all fields||From £13.00 per hour|
|Ad-hoc Emergency Security cover||£25 per hour|
|Key holding||Monthly charge: £750.00 per calendar month Call out charge: £45 per half hour visit Evenings £55 per half hour visit Daytime £60 per half hour visit in response to panic alarm Hourly Charge: £20 per hour for anytime over the initial ½ visit during evenings £20 per hour for anytime over the initial ½ visit during anytime|
|Dog-handling||£22 per hour|
|Locksmithing||Rates vary according to complexity of work|
|Mobile patrol||£25 per 1 hour Patrol|
|CB Radio hire||£20 per week|