Following the UK Government’s announcement on the nationally increasing infection rate, Norse Group’s Incident Management Team (IMT) today held a review of our current workplace practices and COVID-19 safety measures.

With our current stringent, protective measures in place, and with robust procedures developed should any part of the Group need to be subject to a localised lockdown, our staff can remain confident that our business remains ‘COVID secure’.

Therefore, at this moment in time, there will NOT be any changes to our workplace advice.

With our offices running at around only 30% occupancy, they can safely remain open with our active appropriate social distancing measures. Our office-based staff are encouraged to attend work as normal in order to support frontline colleagues who are delivering essential operational services within our communities.

Staff can be assured that the IMT, and the whole Group, will respond swiftly and competently to any further Government advice, to ensure they are as protected from coronavirus at work as is possible.

As always, it is vital that we continue to closely follow the safe systems of working and remain vigilant. Please don’t forget the basics required to stop the spread of the coronavirus – Hands, Face and Space – see more on this later.

And please inform your Line Manager if you, somebody you live with or have recently been in close contact with, displays any symptoms of COVID-19.

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. This is for your personal safety and the safety of your Norse colleagues, and it is an expectation placed upon you as a dedicated employee.

Tests are free and more information is available here.

We hope this reassurance is helpful. The SHEQ and HR departments remain fully operational and are available to answer questions you may have regarding COVID-19, as well as routine questions.

Dean Wetteland
CEO Norse Group

Hands, Face, Space

Washing your hands
While coronavirus is not likely to survive for long periods of time on outdoor surfaces in sunlight, it can live for more than 24 hours in indoor environments. 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.

Covering your face
Coronavirus is carried in the air by tiny respiratory droplets that carry the virus. Face coverings reduce the dispersion of these droplets, meaning if you’re carrying the virus you’re less likely to spread it when you breathe out, cough or sneeze.

Making space
Transmission of the virus is most likely to happen within two metres. While keeping this exact distance isn’t always possible, remaining mindful of surroundings and continuing to make space has a powerful impact when it comes to containing the spread.