Staying COVID-19 secure

Government advice remains to work from home if you can, therefore the majority of our employees will continue to work from home.  Following the introduction of the national tier system we have reviewed how employees may continue with some work activities which cannot be done effectively at home.

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 and stay at home 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. DNPA employees are reminded of the three simple actions we must all do to protect each other: Wash hands; Cover face; Make space
  5. DNPA employees are allowed and encouraged to work from home and, wherever possible, should continue to do so.
  6. DNPA employees who have been identified as being clinically extremely vulnerable are now able to return to work as our workplaces are Covid-secure, but you should work from home wherever possible.
  7. Where working from home is not possible, DNPA will ensure social distancing requirements, good hygiene practices and personal protective equipment is provided.
  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 now open - check our opening times.  Please remember your face covering.