Employee Updates

Coronavirus information.

If you begin to feel unwell with any of the symptoms listed below either at home or whilst working as defined by the NHS and WHO (world health organisation)

  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A high temperature
  • Feeling tired
  • Difficulty breathing

These symptoms are similar to other respiratory diseases, including flu and the common cold. So, if you have symptoms consider the following:

  • Have you travelled in the last two weeks to a high-risk area?
  • Have you been in contact with someone who has?

If you have travelled to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China (or another significantly affected area) in the last two weeks or have been in close contact with someone who has and feel unwell, call NHS 111 for advice now.
Public Health England defines close contact as being within two meters of someone for 15 minutes or more or sharing a room for a prolonged period.

Self-isolate yourself immediately, i.e. do not go to work, school or public places, stay at home. Do NOT go straight to a doctor’s surgery or hospital as, if you have the virus, you risk spreading it to others. Call your GP or NHS 111 for advice.


Coronavirus update

We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Public Health England advises that the risk to individuals in the UK remains low.

Advice for those who have travelled recently.

Yesterday, the Chief Medical Advisor for England, Chris Whitty updated advice for travellers returning to the UK from specific areas affected by COVID-19, which you can find at:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy (see link to maps below)
  • Special care zones in South Korea (see link to maps below)
  • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days – see link to maps below)

If you have returned from the following areas since 19 February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111:

  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini – see link to maps below)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

If you have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath and have visited any of the following areas in the last 14 days, stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of your recent travel:

  • China, apart from Hubei province (see link to maps below)
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea, apart from special care zones (see link to maps below)
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

Maps showing affected regions of China, Republic of Korea and Italy

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas

Where to find the latest information

Public Health England blog:
https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
Guidance for educational settings
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
 


Coronavirus update

Following on from the announcement made yesterday regarding new guidelines relating to Covid-19.

Please see the following two links for new advice and guidance on what to do if you develop symptoms.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/Coronavirus-Covid-19-list-of-guidance

Thank you
 


Health Notification

In light of the current outbreak of Coronavirus in parts of the world, we would like to pass on the World Health Organisations standard recommendation to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illness.

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
     

Coronavirus update

For 34 years, our mission has been to provide cleaning excellence to our client’s buildings and offices and employ the best people to do this. You can rest assured, that we will continue and, whilst our management teams may not be as visible as before, we think about and talk about you; our employees every day.

We know the coming days and weeks will be filled with uncertainty and we want to help support you and as best we can.

Large number of our clients are closing their office, buildings and workplace and won’t require any cleaning for some time.

We have decided in these cases, that we will ask you not to attend your workplace and we will use the new government scheme to Furlough your employment indefinitely. This will mean we will pay you 80% of your usual pay, on the 14th of each month, directly into your bank account.

The greatest benefit to this arrangement is that we protect your employment and 80% of your income.

If we Furlough your employment, we will tell you and we will write to you. If you are not sure contact your manager or supervisor.

There are some of our client’s whose organisations carry out essential work and therefore our cleaning is essential. In these cases, you will continue to work unless you are in a high-risk group or need to self-isolate.

If you don’t receive a letter, check with your manager, attend work as usual.

Peartree exists to serve our clients, deliver great cleaning and employ the best people. I will make that happen for many years to come.

Finally, and most importantly, I want to thank you, personally for your loyalty, hard work and dedication. We will get through these unprecedented times together.
 


Guidance for Social Distancing whilst working.

This guidance is for everyone, working within Peartree Cleaning Service.
It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where cleaning operatives are still attending client buildings whether occupied or not.

What is social distancing within a work environment?

Social distancing within the work environment, are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between you and other people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are to:

  1. Stay at least 2 metres away from others whilst working, this includes other cleaning operatives and client personnel. In practise this means, splitting teams, not working in small close groups. Consider working on separate floors or areas, to maintain distance. If you are working within a small area for example a toilet, kitchenette or cleaning cupboard and somebody enters the area, you should remove yourself until they have left.
  1. Avoid contact with anybody who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough

Everyone should follow these measures


General Advice

Here are some simple steps that you can take to protect yourself and others

Ensure you follow advice on good hygiene such as:

  • wash your hands on arrival and often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser
  • Always put on your PPE, gloves and eye protection that has been provided.
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
  • On leaving, remove PPE and wash your hands again using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • When home, its advisable to shower and place worn clothing into the laundry.

What should you do if you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The same guidance applies to the general population and those at the increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID 19). If you develop symptoms of COVID 19 ( high temperature and /or new and continuous cough, self-isolate at home for 7 days )

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your operations manager.