Essential Workers During COVID-19

If you are an essential worker coming to work during the epidemic, thank you for everything you are doing for our communities. It will feel unusual, and may add to the anxiety you feel, or that loved ones feel for you. Just remember when your coming to the workplace to;

  • observe social distancing guidelines as much as possible when travelling
  • when in work follow hygiene and social distancing measures as advised by the Council:
    • avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth maintaining good hand hygiene, by washing your hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser before eating and drinking, and after coughing, sneezing and going to the toilet.
    • covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use
    • ensuring you wash your hands before you eat as although you can't catch coronavirus from food, it is possible to catch it if you touch an infected surface or object and then touch your mouth or nose.  The Food Standards Scotland has answered some common questions about coronavirus and food.

There are a number of FAQ's on the councils COVID-19 intranet site which provide information on a wide range of subjects.  You can also access the latest NHS guidance  for those working in social care roles.

National Wellbeing Hub for health and social care workers.

The Hub has been developed on the principles of Psychological First Aid and includes a range of content, such as information which addresses the specific challenges health and social care staff are facing during COVID-19, information about the factors which affect emotional and psychological wellbeing, help for people to recognise their own "warning signs" and self-care resources for staff and their colleagues, along with advice on how self-care can be implemented in the current circumstances (including video / audio clips).

The Hub can be accessed at: www.promis.scot and it has easily accessible sections for health and social care staff individually as well as for managers.   

A Staff Wellbeing Communications Toolkit has also been established. The toolkit is now hosted on the National Wellbeing Hub.

All of these resources are designed as an addition to the local resources provided by Health Boards, Local Authorities and Third Sector Employers.

Advice for visiting staff when in a property:

  • Wash your hands/ apply sanitiser on exiting the vehicle, wash your hands/ apply sanitiser at the customer's door, wash your hands/ apply sanitiser on entering the property, wash your hands/ apply sanitiser prior to leaving the customer's property, wash your hands/ apply sanitiser when back inside your vehicle.
  • At all times, avoid hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth, maintain the above hand hygiene at all times
  • Avoid touching surfaces or personal items when inside customer's property (unless absolutely necessary for the purposes of the visit) and maintain the above hand hygiene at all times
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with tissues and dispose of them as soon as possible.
  • Follow guidance on Social Distancing (maintaining a 2 metre distance from other people)

For more information see the COVID-19 site on the intranet

Advice on car hygiene

  • Keep a safe distance from any passengers where possible and consider limiting passengers and using rear seats
  • Clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser when entering or exiting vehicles
  • Clean steering wheel, internal and external door handles and handbrake lever with antibacterial spray or wipes throughout vehicle use
  • Use gloves when refuelling and paying for it
  • Keep your driving environment clean with antibacterial spray or wipes
  • Clean all areas and devices you touch between journeys
  • Windows should be opened (where possible and safe to do so) to encourage ventilation
  • Use of climate control systems, particularly on recirculation settings (where fitted), is to be discouraged unless required for road safety reasons

Further information is available on the Use of Pool and Personal Vehicles