Staying COVID-19 secure

Staying COVID-19 secure

Following the Government's announcement in January 2022, our employees are no longer required to work from home.  We are currently piloting blended working arrangements with staff working flexibly at home and in the office.
Having carefully considered the latest Government guidance for employers we have updated the following ‘COVID-19 secure’ risk assessment:

Key Principles

The key principles that have been communicated to all employees include:

  1. All DNPA employees will be provided with access to this risk assessment and are required to read this risk assessment and the specific risk assessment(s) for their place of work/duties. Any questions or concerns to be raised with their line manager before commencing work.
  2. Any employee that has or develops any of the following symptoms – a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss of or change to, your sense of smell or taste – must not attend work, stay at home and get tested in line with current government guidance.
  3. Any employee contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service is required to self-isolate for 10 days. You must not attend work. Stay at home and follow government guidance.
  4. COVID-19 remains a serious health risk.  Employees are advised to stay cautious to help protect themselves and others.
  5. Staff are supported in working flexibly, working at home and the office to best meet business needs.
  6. For staff attending the workplace, DNPA will continue to provide an enhanced cleaning regime and appropriate personal protective equipment.  If staff wish to wear a face covering they will be supported in doing so.
  7. DNPA encourages all employees to accept an offer of an approved NHS vaccination.
  8. This risk assessment is in addition to existing risk assessments (e.g. lone working) and all employees are reminded to work safely, ensuring all safety procedures and other controls identified by risk assessment are complied with and incidents reported promptly and appropriately.

To ensure the continued safety of our employees we have also provided specific ‘COVID-19 secure’ risk assessments for all premises and additional guidance for staff undertaking site visits.

The Authority’s head office at Parke, Bovey Tracey and the offices at the Old Duchy Hotel, Princetown remain closed to the public.  Our Visitor Centres at Haytor, Postbridge and Princetown are open - check our opening times.  Please remember your face covering.