In line with the government’s updated position on the Covid-19 pandemic, Empentis has amended our Covid-19 policy. As of the 24th of February 2022, the following government guidance applies in England:
As a result, Empentis’s Covid-19 policy now asks that staff:
Normal sickness absence procedures apply for any employee who has a confirmed case of Covid-19, or symptoms of Covid-19, and is unable to work as a result of these symptoms. As the degree to which individuals are affected by the Covid-19 virus varies significantly, the decision as to whether to work from home or self-certify sickness absence is that of the employee and their assessment of their ability to work effectively from home. If employees are not able to work from home effectively as a result of Covid-19 they must take a sickness absence.
Empentis will continue to monitor all newly released government guidance and information on Covid-19 and will issue further updates to the Covid-19 Policy as appropriate.
Due to the raising awareness and spread of the new Omicron variant, the UK Government has reintroduced some precautionary measures to fight the spread of COVID-19. These include:
These measures come into effect as of 4am on the 30th November 2021.
The booster program is being rolled out to all people 18+. Empentis encourages staff and learners who have previously had 2 doses of the vaccine to receive their booster.
From 16 August, individuals will not be required to self-isolate if they are notified they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and any of the following apply:
Fully vaccinated means that having been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since receiving the recommended doses of that vaccine.
NHS Test and Trace will contact you to let you know that you have been identified as a contact and check whether you are legally required to self-isolate. If you are not legally required to self-isolate you will be provided with advice on testing and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Even if you do not have symptoms, you will be advised to have a PCR test as soon as possible.
You should not arrange to have a PCR test if you have previously received a positive PCR test result in the last 90 days, unless you develop any new symptoms of COVID-19, as it is possible for PCR tests to remain positive for some time after COVID-19 infection.
Even if you are vaccinated, you can still be infected with COVID-19 and pass it on to others. If you are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 but you are not required to self-isolate, you can help protect others by following the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread. As well as getting a PCR test, you may also consider:
This advice applies until 10 full days after your most recent contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The aim of this updated policy is to assist employees and visitors to Empentis Training Solutions in providing further advice on:
A coronavirus is a type of virus and as a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
How COVID-19 is spread
From what we know about other coronaviruses, the spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres or less) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.
Respiratory secretions produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes containing the virus are most likely to be the main means of transmission.
There are 2 main routes by which people can spread COVID-19:
How long the virus can survive
How long any respiratory virus survives will depend on a number of factors, for example:
Under most circumstances, further studies have shown the amount of infectious virus on any contaminated surfaces is likely to have decreased significantly by 24 hours. We know that similar viruses are transferred to and by people’s hands. Therefore, regular hand hygiene and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces will help to reduce the risk of infection.
With the government being committed to ensuring the right levels of intervention in the right places to manage outbreaks, working with local authorities the overall approach has been simplified, and the introduction of 4 local COVID alert levels. Local COVID alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area. Local COVID alert levels are referred to as Tiers. It must be stressed however, the majority of the requirements are aimed at the spread of the virus in a social context, however, some elements will affect our capability to deliver training.
Tier 1: Medium Alert
This is for areas where national restrictions continue to be in place. This means:
You should continue to:
Tier 2: High Alert
This is for areas with a higher level of infections where some additional restrictions are in place.This means on top of restrictions in alert level medium:
You should continue to:
Tier 3: Very High Alert
This is for areas with a very high level of infections and where tighter restrictions are in place. The restrictions placed on areas with a very high level of infections can vary, and are based on discussions between central and local government. At a minimum, this means:
You should continue to:
Tier 4: Stay At Home
This is a national lockdown, where the spread of the virus is considered to have reached catastrophic levels for the NHS.
You should stay at home as much as possible. You should only leave your house for specific purposes, including:
During a lockdown
The office shall be deep cleaned every night including
Empentis Training Solutions recognises everyone’s right to make their own choice when it comes to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. It is not mandatory for any member of staff or any learner to have their vaccine before entering the office or any other area where Empentis operate. However, we do encourage those who have not been vaccinated to continue to work from home until such a time as they receive their vaccine.
The roadmap developed by the UK government sees restrictions gradually lifting in a sequence of “steps” with indicative dates for each step but the flexibility to proceed more slowly if required. The vaccination programme is key to paving the way for restrictions to be lifted in line with the proposed timetable.
Where an Empentis staff member or learner has been vaccinated this may be noted for our records, and proof may be requested. This will be done in accordance with all GDPR protocols.
For information on the vaccine, and to check your eligibility, visit the NHS website.
Employee has been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 but has not attended work since
Employee has been advised by 111 or Track and Trace to self-isolate
Employee/visitor falls ill whilst at Empentis Offices
Personal Hygiene awareness
This is the PDF to go with this policy.