The announcement this week that the country has moved to a locally led three-tier approach for future Covid-19 response has had no direct effect upon Norse Group operations at this time.

All our operations remain in line with UK Government, Health and Safety Executive and industry safety standards, and we remain Covid secure. Of course, our Incident Management Team (IMT) continues to monitor the situation, and we are ready to respond with local action plans, if or when this becomes necessary.

As you will know, the three-tier system centres mainly around social restrictions. We encourage our staff to make themselves aware of any increase or decrease in level alerts in areas where you live or work, and to closely follow the guidance to keep yourself, your colleagues and your families safe.

You can find out more about the new alerts system on the UK Government’s advisory website.

In the meantime, please continue to closely follow the safe systems of working and remain vigilant, following the basics required to help to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Hands – washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day will reduce the risk of catching or passing on the virus
Face – wearing a face covering can mean that if you’re carrying the virus, you’re less likely to spread it when you breathe out, cough or sneeze
Space – try to keep your distance from others, 2m where possible

NHS Track and Trace – workplace QR codes

We would like to remind colleagues that with the introduction of the NHS Track and Trace system, we’ve should display QR Codes in areas where there are likely to be visitors to our buildings.

A poster for each building must be created and you can do this by visiting this link.

Here you will find clear instructions on how to create the poster for your area, which should be prominently displayed, and visitors should be asked to scan the code via their mobile phones using the NHS Covid-19 app.

Visitors without a phone, or who have not yet downloaded the NHS app, should have their contact details noted down and you should securely store these in line with GDPR (data protection) guidance.

This is not necessary for staff based within that building, but it is advised for those staff visiting a building from another area or even another local building.

What do I do if I think I have coronavirus?

You should inform your Line Manager if you, somebody you live with or have recently been in close contact with, displays any symptoms of Covid-19 or tested positive.

You or your close contacts (whoever is displaying symptoms) must take a test and while you await the test and its results, you must stay away from work as a sickness absence. Tests are free and more information is available here.

Jamie McDonald
Group SHEQ Director

Katie Marrison
Group HR Director