During this Coronavirus crisis, many law enforcement and security guards are expected to carry on their usual levels of service to both the public and to businesses in Cardiff and in South Wales. For both law enforcement and security guards to continue with their work, it is important that they are aware of the following information: recognition, protection, personal protection equipment (PPE) and how to respond correctly if exposed.
Below are some helpful guidelines to help you during this Coronavirus crisis.
Recognise signs and symptoms of Coronavirus
The World Health Organisation (W.H.O) and the NHS have issued a list of symptoms to look out for. Symptoms of the Coronavirus may include fever, a dry and continuous cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can appear after a few days or a long as a fortnight.
If you have these symptoms, self-isolated for 7-14 days. If symptoms are unbearable, please call NHS line 111.
The guidelines from the W.H.O and NHS has stated to maintain a distance of at least 2 meters (6ft) from other persons (especially those displaying symptoms). Ensure that there are hand sanitisers close to entrance ways and practise proper hand hygiene by washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water. It is also important to know what the protocol is for assessing any persons with suspected Coronavirus.
Wear PPE (Personal, Protective, Equipment)
When dealing with any persons who have suspected Coronavirus, ensure that your building or your security vehicle has disposable latex gloves, disposable single-use gowns/coveralls and protective eyewear. This will help protect you from potential spread to yourself and other persons.
If you have been in close contact with an individual that may have the Coronavirus, make sure to clean and disinfect your hands and security gear that you may be wearing. Use antibacterial wipes, sprays or gels to disinfect and follow the instructions accordingly. When wearing PPE with a suspected person, follow correct protocols and guidelines to dispose of. If your clothes have been contaminated, contain them in a single-use bag and wash them immediately in a high-temperature wash. Any cases or exposure to the coronavirus is to be documented.
If you are in a building that sees a high amount of people coming in and out or mingling within a certain area, look out for potential signs of exposure and ensure that visitors are practising good hand hygiene along with yourself and other members of staff within the building. If you do suspect someone of the coronavirus, ensure that they are isolated from other visitors/members of staff and you follow the correct procedures.
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