COVID-19 risk assessment

BASEC is required to publish a COVID-19 risk assessment and details of the practical steps being taken to implement stricter health, safety & government guidance measures.

COVID-19 risk assessment

Click to view the full BASEC risk assessment by category, outlining the hazards & consequences, measures currently in place, risk ratings and any additional requirements.

Guidance for employees

The following safety guidelines must be adhered to by all BASEC employees, which include the following key elements:

  • Employees who can work from home, should continue to do so, if you need to come into the office for essential business, then please coordinate with your team members to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
  • DSE assessment forms need to be completed by all home-based working to ensure compliance and your home environment if safe for working.
  • Employees must remain at home if they have covid-19 symptoms such as raised temperature and persistent dry cough and get tested ASAP, then follow the government guidance should they test positive. The same applies should a member of their household show covid-19 symptoms.
  • Those contacted by track and trace must follow the government guidance.
  • Soap and hand sanitisers are available in all areas of our premises for regular use.
  • All our offices/lab areas are being cleaned more frequently and thoroughly with surface sanitiser, including desks and door handles.
  • Employees are requested to regularly clean down their own work areas with the cleaning products provided.
  • Cleaning checklists and surface sanitiser have been placed around the laboratory beside frequently used equipment in order to check and implement regular cleaning.
  • Floor markers have been placed around communal areas to direct traffic and aid 2-meter distancing, and mirrors placed in corridors to check for traffic; please THINK and keep your distance when approaching other employees.
  • Only essential visitors will be permitted on the premises for the foreseeable future and guidelines have been put in place to protect both employees and visitors.
  • Where possible these should be scheduled after 3pm the lab operating time to minimise contact.
  • Face masks are available for any employees and we strongly advise, encourage you to wear them at all times whilst moving around the building.
  • For any close contact work you will be provided with face masks, and a shield which you must clean down with disinfectant prior to use and following use.
  • You should be staggering your breaks to maintain social distancing
  • You should have screens between desks, walkway and where needed between employees
  • Leaving times should be staggered so you don’t congregate in the reception logging out.
  • You should have the login app installed so you can log in/out without touching the screen

Note: At this time, we do not plan to return to working staggered shifts as we did in wave 1 – due to the additional space created in the lab by moving the oven rooms and opening this into the lab area, but also deciding not to replace those that have recently left in the lab during COVID, so reducing headcount by 3 people, together with the opening of the data communications testing expansion from January onwards.

Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your line manager or HR.

Guidance for visitors

We would like to assure you that BASEC is following a strict process to safeguard our employees, customers and service providers. Our process is based on advice from the UK Government and the World Health Organisation, and is being reviewed on a regular basis.

Our primary concern is for the safety and welfare of our employees, customers and service providers.

We have implemented the following for all our Visitors onsite at BASEC premises.

  • Only essential visitors will be permitted on the premises for the foreseeable future to protect both employees and visitors.
  • Where possible these should be scheduled after 3pm the lab operating time to minimise contact.
  • Visitors will be requested to provide details of any overseas travel prior to attending BASEC premises.
  • A temperature check will be carried out on visitors on arrival.
  • Each visitor is requested to carry out a thorough hand wash on arrival and are required to regularly hand wash and make use of the alcohol based hand sanitiser dispensers around the premises.
  • All visitors will observe a 2 meter distance between themselves and others and required to pay attention to the floor markings to assist in this.
  • Employees have been instructed to NOT shake hands with anyone.
  • All visitors are required to wear appropriate PPE - including face masks where appropriate.

We are pleased to be able to welcome you to our premises should your visit be of an essential nature and would like to thank you for your continued support; if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

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