Due to the recent tight Government restrictions to lockdown the nation as a measure to protect the NHS from meltdown, I haven't attended a client site since mid March.
Over two months later, tomorrow morning I will visit my first client since the restrictions were relaxed last week.
Government guidance currently states that if you can work from home you must do so where possible. This therefore means that support that would usually be given face-to-face, will continue to be provided remotely, unless it is impossible to be done that way. Only then will I travel to site, and only after agreeing all precautions with the client.
Time on site will be as minimal as possible, and I would want to see what precautions the client has in place in advance. I will wear appropriate face coverings, and gloves if required, and will carry and use hand sanitiser, tissues and disinfectant wipes. I will limit contact with furniture and fixtures as much as possible, and will keep a suitable distance from all personnel. I will also provide my own pen and paper, and my own drinks and food. I also reserve the right to withdraw from the premises if I feel it is unsafe for me to remain on site.
For reassurance, since lockdown began on 23 March 2020, up until attending the first post lockdown site tomorrow, I have remained at home, except for a visit to a supermarket every ten days, where I wore a face covering and followed social distancing rules, and for an occasional short local walk near my home. Nobody in my household has displayed any symptoms or had any illness. Should this change, I will withdraw from visiting businesses and self-isolate.
Where I can operate remotely, I can help in a similar way to usual, with adaptations on nearly all my services. I am continuing to advise clients and run meetings and face-to-face training via video conferencing. I am available for network meetings and 1-2-1 meetings done via phone or video conferencing, although paid client work takes priority. As businesses are now returning to operation, demand for my services has gone very high. I will help you as soon as I possibly can do, and apologise if there is any delay.
In this fast moving situation, any changes to service will be posted at https://www.kshsafety.com/coronavirus. I also have a large amount of useful up to date links and guidance on that page.
I am committed to providing my clients with the best support possible during this uncertain time.
Finally, with mental health issues becoming more prominent than ever over recent weeks, and with this week being Mental Health Awareness Week, I have decided to walk at least 26.2 miles in July as part of the Samarathon campaign organised by the Samaritans. Samaritans know that life can sometimes be incredibly tough. Thanks to the dedication of more than 20,000 volunteers, Samaritans can be there for anyone, whatever they are going through and whenever they are struggling to cope. They are also at the heart of local communities, working with schools, workplaces, railways, prisons and hospitals to offer training and support, preventing suicide and helping people turn their lives around. Please, if you can, sponsor me and help such a valuable cause. Click here to donate. Thank you.
Please stay safe, be sensible, ensure you maintain a social distance from others, follow official advice, help each other, we will continue to get through this together.