Royal Mail Group Coronavirus Guidance Advice, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers and Work Time Listening and Learning Brief (Feb 2020):
RMG Updated Communication:
Royal Mail Group has been closely following the guidance of Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and Chief Medical Officers amongst others, to provide the latest advice throughout the business on preventative measures and to minimise the risks to the workforce.
The latest advice is being issued via the Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Business Partners and Advisors to all Office Managers and Persons in Charge (PiCs) through internal communication channels. (See attached copy of the WTLL and the Q&A documents).
Public Health England is advising that people who have travelled to the UK from (or travelled through) mainland China (excluding Wuhan or Hubei Province), Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and are experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, they are to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild. [In Scotland phone the GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. If in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.] Employees should also inform their line manager.
In the interests of employee health, RMG is strongly recommending that employees do not travel to China and review the latest travel advice from Public Health England before any travel likely to take them to designated areas of higher risk.
As with good winter health practice, it is important that everyone follows basic hygiene techniques. Wash hands regularly particularly after using the toilets or before eating. Regularly clean with antiseptic wipes any shared equipment such as keyboards, PDA’s and Scanners. Employees with a cold, dispose of any tissues immediately and try to cough into an elbow rather than into hands.
RMG First Class Support
RMG wish to remind all of the workforce that First Class Support is a free 24/7 confidential support helpline 0800 6888 777 providing a range of support services including health, counselling, debt and legal advice and practical help.
Anyone with concerns or questions relating to their own health and the Coronavirus should call NHS 111 or their GP for advice.
Anyone unsure about the PHE guidance for travellers, or if they have returned from an identified high risk area, should call NHS 111 or speak to their GP for reassurance of the action they need to take before returning to work and they should keep their manager fully informed.
CWU Reps can direct managers with questions or enquiries to the RMG SHE Business Partner.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer