New guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Standard Operating Procedure for workplaces

Greg Davies

Greg Davies
Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
13th August 2020

As a means of supporting organisations and others with such a scenario, local authorities have been producing guidance on what to expect. Published this week “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Standard Operating Procedure for workplaces Public Health Hackney and City of London Corporation” is one such document.

To quote “This guidance is for City and Hackney workplaces and provides information on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for prevention, mitigation and control of coronavirus. We aim to explain how the test and trace system works locally in relation to the symptomatic individual(s) and to the setting. We also describe how support is activated by Public Health England London Coronavirus Response Cell (PHE LCRC) and City and Hackney Public Health with multi-agency partners.”

The document over 14 pages covers information and expectations on aspects of COVID-19 management including:

  • What to do in the event of a suspected outbreak;
  • Definitions for a ‘case’ and ‘contact’; and
  • COVID-19 testing and contact tracing in workplaces;

So whether as a reference for, what to expect from your local authority if someone in the workplace does test positive for SARS-CoV-2, a check on what you have in place and how it compares to expectation, or both, it would be well worth the investment of time to download a copy and review it.

The link to the Hackney and City of London SOP is - https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/assets/Services-DCCS/workplace-sop.pdf

For other local authorities similar documents, I’ve been advised, should also be publicly available.