Resources for the workplace
Thank you for trying to keep our community and your workforce safe and healthy!
There are various resources that may be downloaded or used for the workplace on this page.
Current transmission of Covid-19 in Gibraltar remains low, therefore guidance has been amended to focus on prevention of new cases. Employers are encouraged to perform risk assessments based on their own work force and working environment.
In terms of general guidance, it is good practice to:
- Keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure in the workplace.
- Make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date.
- Ensure managers know how to spot symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are clear on any relevant processes, for example sickness reporting and sick pay, and procedures in case someone in the workplace is potentially infected and needs to take the appropriate action.
- Make sure that shared spaces in the workplace have good air flow, opening a window and personal fans as opposed to air conditioning.
- Encourage regular Covid-19 testing of staff (frequency dependant on exposure to potential cases).
- Consider numbers in the office and the potential implications should a member of staff test positive for Covid-19 (particularly if staff are not vaccinated).
- Consideration of flexible working schedules e.g. options of working from home or staggered work shifts.
- Ensure adequate spacing between desks if applicable, and encourage use of masks when social distancing is not possible, the setting is public and enclosed, with high turnover of visitors (from outside the normal workplace).
- Perform hand hygiene frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains 70% or more alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water are always the preferred method of cleaning, particularly if/when hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as work surfaces, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tables etc. every day.
If someone in the workplace becomes unwell with flu/ Covid-19 type symptoms, they should be sent home and advised to contact 111.
If you have additional questions or any of the guidance above seems unclear, please call 200 41818 and ask for the Contact Tracing Team leaders.
Remember, those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) whom we need to safeguard with best hygiene prevention methods are:
- aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions) or
- those with a weakened immune system (resultant from a health condition such as HIV or because of current medication such as steroidal tablets or chemotherapy)
- immunosuppressed; for example, those receiving cancer treatment, taking corticosteroids, are on anti-TNF therapy or have poorly controlled HIV/AIDS
Read more here.
Those who are active smokers will have a reduced respiratory defence, so it is sensible to encourage any staff members who smoke to quit (see CovidFit.gi for more, or click here for tips).
The main vulnerability is older age, above 70 years of age.