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LRH Response to Coronavirus
At LRH we want to do as much as possible to help the UK to contain and delay the spread of Coronavirus.
At the moment the number of cases in the UK is low compared to a number of countries, but this number is rising, mainly because of people returning to the UK from affected countries, as well as the transmission within the UK.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities, however, the risk to individuals remains low.
The official government advice on Coronavirus can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Client visits and our duty of care
As part of the work we perform, LRH staff members visit our client’s offices and factories and our clients also visit our premises on a regular basis.
We therefore have a duty of care to our employees, clients and their employees to ensure that we are doing everything in our power to stop the spread of the virus.
We will ensure any member of staff who has come into contact with an infected person or has returned from a high risk area is not allowed to make clients visits or work in our office until they have been through a period of self-isolation, in line with the government advice, to ensure they do not have the virus.
We have also asked all our staff to adhere to the government guidelines in respect of standard basic hygiene processes including the following:
- Cough or sneeze into tissues then bin it and wash your hands.
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Clean well used surfaces regularly.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
We would expect our clients to inform us if they, or anybody in their office or factory, has had contact with an infected person or have returned from a high risk area if we are due to visit them or they are due to visit us.
Potential future actions
The situation appears to be changing on a regular basis and therefore it may be that the government enforces protection measures or we decide to implement such measures.
This could involve staff working remotely on your computers, working from home and doing more meetings by telephone rather than face to face.
We are putting contingency plans in place to try and ensure that essential services we provide will not be affected, but this is dependent on what happens in the coming weeks and months.
We hope that by putting measures in place early we can help to stop the virus spreading and ensure that we can continue to support our clients and their businesses.