Coronavirus – March 2020
As a result of the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, Willshee’s is establishing precautionary measures to protect the well-being of our employees, customers and community respectively.
Willshee’s want to reassure all our clients and customers with regards to the arrangements Willshee’s have in place during the current crisis. Willshee’s will continue to strike a balance of business as usual whilst protecting our staff and customers and have put a number of control measures and procedures in place.
All employees, third parties, visitors and contractors, when entering the Willshee’s site must disinfect their hands before entering. Alcoholic hand sanitiser stations have been located at every entry point to the Willshee’s site including the weighbridge, and all personnel entering the premises must use the hand sanitiser stations before they enter the site.
All Willshee’s drivers and staff have been issued with alcoholic hand gel and must use this each time they enter Willshee’s, or after making contact with any other person outside of Willshee’s premises.
Willshee’s will keep across all Government guidance, and other than in urgent cases, Willshee’s has cancelled all external meetings organised at Willshee’s premises and reduced the numbers of third parties entering the site. Regarding drivers, should the situation become serious, a number of the senior management at Willshee’s have LGV licences and will be called upon as required to support customer service.
Willshee’s operating system is cloud based, this means if a number of our office staff have to be isolated they can operate from home as effectively as being in the office. We have also interviewed and offered positions to additional operational staff, they will join us at the end of March.
During this time Willshee’s will continue to communicate frequently with service providers, disposal outlets and offtake partners.
Due to the fluid nature of the crisis at hand, Willshee’s will continue to initiate controls to reduce the risk of Coronavirus across the business on a day to day basis as the situation changes and develops to protect our employees and customers from harm.
We thank you for your patience at this time.
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, corona viruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:·
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
• Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
• a cough
• a high temperature
• shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
You should stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
• a high temperature
• a new, continuous cough.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
• you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
• your condition gets worse
• your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the 111 coronavirus service https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ and only call 111 if you cannot get help online.