In line with the government stance to mitigate all unnecessary travel and business operations outside of the home, from the 23rd March 2020 for a period of 3 weeks that aligns with the governmental requests, Safer Sphere shall not undertake any construction site health and safety audits during this time. Whilst health and safety on-site is of great importance, the current COVID pandemic is paramount. This decision has been a difficult one, but one taken to protect the Safer Sphere workforce and wider population in this time of crisis. We shall of course, as soon as permitted by the government, reschedule and pick up any audits delayed, reporting on compliance as soon as practicable. Should you have any queries at this time please contact your Safer Sphere representative
Keeping construction sites open whilst minimising any risks will be a key priority for contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have detailed below our guidance on-site prevention measure of COVID-19 that we think will help to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. Our advice is in accordance with Government, WHO and NHS guidance.
- When entering a site, and before touching or handling anything, all site workers/visitors should proceed to the toilets and wash their hands thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) with anti-septic hand wash and warm water. If available anti-septic handwash is unavailable please use soap and warm water as a minimum.
- Personal distancing should be practised by all site workers/visitors i.e. not shaking hands, keeping a distance of approximately 2m apart, avoiding interpersonal physical contact etc.
- Stagger lunch breaks to avoid the close proximity of site workers/visitors in welfare areas.
- Extra cleaning of welfare facilities, including high alcohol antibacterial washing of these areas, should take place. This should be more thorough and more frequent than your usual cleaning process.
- Initiate regular toolbox talks on handwashing and inclusion of Government / NHS guidelines as part of the induction process. Place up step-by-step NHS handwashing guides in rest rooms to remind workers/visitors of best practise.
- If visitors need to come to site ensure they have their own PPE as site PPE cannot be shared and the visitor should not be allowed on-site without it.
- Do not share any PPE between site workers/visitors.
- Ensure all site workers/visitors entering the site are fit, healthy and symptom-free, anyone showing any symptoms, coughing, fever or has been aboard recently to area’s such as Italy should not be permitted on site.
We will continue to monitor government, WHO and NHS guidance and update our guidance accordingly.
Following the government announcement of the planning for the Coronavirus pandemic on Friday 13th March. Safer Sphere confirms the following as the business policy and contingency plan amendment:
- As of the 16th March we are entering the delay period. Schools, hospitals, colleges, retail and business are advised to operate as normal during this period, taking precautions where possible being vigilant.
- When and if the time comes and the government instigate the next stage of isolation including closing of schools, hospitals, etc, then we also as a business will fully isolate in accordance with our policy.
- Only when the government indicate the pandemic enters a stage of low risk shall we return to our normal business procedures and activities.
- Should any member of staff or close family feel unwell, demonstrating the COVID-19 symptoms of constant cough, difficulty breathing or high temperature, they should not come to the Safer Sphere workplaces or that of any of our clients / projects. You should self-isolate in accordance with government guidance for a minimum of 7 days. Anyone showing the symptoms in our offices will be isolated in accordance with our emergency planning below.
- Personal hygiene is also an important preventative measure to curtail the spread of the disease. Please use the provided and appropriate hygiene facilities such hot water, soap, hand sanitiser and bins to dispose of used tissues. Workers are advised to maintain good hygiene standards around the workplace by following the latest advice from the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) website which includes the following basic protective measures:
- Wash your hands frequently with alcohol-based hand wash or wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Maintain social distancing- maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet distance) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose
- Practice respiratory hygiene – Using the nearest waste receptacle to dispose of the tissue after use
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) has advised people to stay at home for 7 days if you have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.
- In the delay phase, staff should avoid business events or gatherings of large numbers of people in line with the government advice. This would include large networking, awards, conferences and other such events. This would not currently include site visits or meetings.
- However, should you or any of your family be considered vulnerable to COVID-19, for example the over 60’s and young children or immunosuppressed, then the company would fully support isolation in the delay phase.
- With immediate effect, no business travel abroad will be authorised until the Pandemic returns a low risk level to that country.
- If and when the isolation phase is instigated, the company operations shall cease at our premises and staff will not be permitted to visit any sites or project meetings.
- Should someone in the workplace become ill with suspected COVID-19 on Safer Sphere premises, the individual will be isolated and contact be made with the local health authority. Isolation should be in separate rooms which for St. Helens and Liverpool Offices should be a meeting room. For Reading office please follow the Regus Office procedures. Following such a case the office in question would be closed for 7 days of isolation and a deep clean.
- Should someone become ill with suspected COVID-19 on a site or other employees premises, the staff member should follow the immediate policy of that premises / employer, if not available then aligned to our own. Safer Sphere should be notified ASAP of the incident in order that we can support you remotely with next steps.
- In the case of any isolations required as noted above in the delay or isolation stages the following would apply:-
- If you are not unwell, please continue to work from home. You and the company have access to the resources via laptops, phones, Microsoft 365 to continue working in remote isolation. It is likely our clients, partners and peers will be following similar principles so our work can largely continue. To communicate collectively we have Microsoft Teams so we can still follow meetings through.
- Should you be unwell other than COVID-19 then our normally sickness policy would prevail.
- Should you be sick or self-isolating unable to work, the government provision is that statutory sick pay is an entitlement from day 1 of COVID-19 related leave or non-working isolation.
- Clients and project teams should be notified if there are any isolations required in the delay phase. They should be informed by the persons immediate line manager and it be confirmed that as far as possible colleagues will support the project deliverables in the meantime.
- Under no circumstances should staff have any physical contact with any other members of staff under isolation. This would include prohibiting visits to pass on documents or other material, anything can be obtained electronically.
- If and when the isolation stage is instigated by government, all staff are to isolate working from home and all Safer Sphere premises will be closed.
Safer Sphere will continue to support our client’s projects and health and safety needs through any advised isolation period and will remain available through email, skype and mobile.
Safer Sphere is delighted to have been appointed on 3 unit refurbishment and fit-out at Cheetham Hill Retail Park. The project will see the demolition of the existing mezzanine to be replaced with a larger mezzanine across the 3 units as well as a shopfront and internal fit-out works. We are supporting Pozzoni Architecture Limited on the project in the role of Principal Designer Advisor and the client in the role of CDM Client Advisor.
Safer Sphere is pleased to reveal our appointment on the remedial works on the WGIS Bridge. We are supporting the project in the roles of Principal Designer Advisor to Rossendale Group and CDM Client Advisor to Peel Land and Property through RIBA stages 5 and 6.
The works involve the installation of a remedial solution to the lifting mechanism to allow for tension to be kept on the ropes and also to stop the counterweights twisting with a set of rollers being installed.
We are delighted to reveal that we have been shortlisted for ‘Small Business of the Year’ at this year’s Pride of St Helens Business Awards. The awards are a celebration of local businesses, and we are thrilled to have made it the final of such a competitive category. Safer Sphere was lucky enough to take home the award last year so this year we are defending the title and keeping our fingers crossed that we can do it again.
The Pride of St Helens Business Awards takes place at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Thursday 7th November.
Safer Sphere is delighted to reveal that we have been appointed on the new Tower Works PRS scheme in Leeds. This new build project will see the construction of 245 apartments set within the distinctive waterside development. One major aim of the project is to combine the iconic buildings of the area with the new neighbourhood to offer ‘landmark living’. Safer Sphere is acting as CDM Client Advisors to Richardson and Ask Real Estate on the development which starts on site next month.
Safer Shere is pleased to continue our support at Mosley Street with a new alterations project at 79 Mosley Street, Manchester. We will be acting as Client CDM Advisor on behalf of the client and Prinicpal Designer Advisor to OBI on the project
Safer Sphere have appointed a new Principal CDM Consultant to expand their operation at their Reading office. The business has had significant growth in the past year with the latest team member being the third senior hire in just 6 months.
Nick Williams formerly of Kellogg Brown & Root, Rider Levett Bucknall, and TPS Schal (a Carillion Group company), will assist Associate Director Richard Procter with the business’s expansion plans in the Southern region and will be delivering services on new projects and commissions already secured in the area.
Nick has a wealth of experience in Construction Health and Safety advising on projects such as Aspire Defence and King Fahd International Stadium, Saudi Arabia.
Nick said, “I am really excited to be joining Safer Sphere as they are a leader in Health and Safety. They are national safety award winners and are working on some really exciting projects, some of which are based in the southern regions. I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to business and helping achieve growth in the area.”
Richard Procter, Associate Director Safer Sphere said, “We are delighted to have Nick on board with us. He is an excellent fit for our business and brings with him the skill set we require to provide our clients with the best health and safety solutions. Since the opening of the Reading office, our workload in the area has doubled and we are already ahead of our plans to bring a new team member aboard, which is a great achievement. Safer Sphere is growing in all regions and with the expansion of our services offering, we are set to grow and develop our operation to mirror the success of the Northern business.“
We reported 2 months ago that we were involved in the new ITV leisure attraction at the Lowry Outlet. We are delighted to now reveal that the project is the first ‘I’m A Celebrity Jungle Challenge’ attraction. Safer Sphere has been supporting the project in the role of CDM Client Advisors to Peel Land & Property and Principal Designer Advisors to Artez Ltd through RIBA stages 1 – 4.
Peel Land & Property and ITV said:
ITV has today confirmed a new multi-million pound entertainment attraction, celebrating TV blockbuster I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will open at The Lowry’s brand new The Watergardens development at MediaCityUK.
The I’m A Celebrity… Jungle Challenge will open later next year as an epic 2500 square metre indoor entertainment feature in Manchester, featuring the iconic Base Camp, Croc Creek and Snake Rock in the ultimate jungle encounter.
The action-packed family entertainment centre promises to take camp mates into the heart of the jungle where you’ll need to navigate a series of obstacles and challenges. Face your fears, test your nerve and agility and venture into the jungle canopy, collecting stars as you go to be crowned king or queen of the jungle!
James Penfold, Controller of Partnerships for ITV said: “The I’m A Celebrity… Jungle Challenge is a one of a kind, multi-sensory adrenaline adventure. It brings together the heart and soul of the hugely celebrated series, and ITV’s expertise in curating fantastic, memorable live brand experiences as a great example of our More than TV strategy.”
Jason Pullen, Managing Director of Lifestyle Outlets added: “Our partnership with ITV is an exciting development in our goal to create a new generation of Outlets by creating unique leisure and shopping destinations with entertainment at their heart. I am delighted to reveal that “I’m A Celebrity… Jungle Challenge“ opening at The Watergardens, MediaCityUK next year will be the first of its kind in the UK. I am confident that the experience will be a huge draw for people across the North West and beyond as they look to get closer to the action of this iconic TV show”
Today’s announcement is the next exciting chapter in ITV’s expanding portfolio of live events, tours and attractions, which includes Coronation Street The Tour, Emmerdale Village Tour, Emmerdale Studio Experience and the more recently announced, ITV Daytime Studios Tour at Television Centre in London.
Work to transform the space into the thrilling jungle experience is expected to start early 2020 and will open later in the year. Visitors can expect a 90minute action packed challenge through jungle ziplines, parachute drops and vertical climbing walls; the perfect day out for all the family!