Coronva virus. CORVID – 19

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Management Policy

Kings Sedgemoor Equestrian centre strives to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all
employees, contractors and visitors.
This policy outlines the measures we are actively taking to mitigate the spread of corona virus within
our workplace and/or workforce.
You are required to follow all these rules diligently, so as to help us sustain a healthy and safe
workplace during these unique times. It is important that we all respond responsibly and
transparently to these health precautions, and we assure you that we will always treat your private
health and personal data with the highest confidentiality and sensitivity.
This Coronavirus (COVID-19) company policy is susceptible to changes with the introduction of
additional Governmental guidelines when necessary and will be reviewed accordingly.
The Company will keep up to date and comply with the latest Government and Public Health
information about the risk of corona virus in the UK, via the Government website and Government
Daily Briefings.
What is the Corona virus?
The World Health Organisation explains that corona viruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that
cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as SARS (Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome).
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some people will suffer from mild illness
and recover easily whilst in other cases, infection can progress to pneumonia. Reports suggest that
the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease are
the most susceptible to serious illness and death.
How is the virus passed on?
The virus is most likely to spread from person to person through:
Direct contact with a person while they are infectious;
Contact with droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes;
Touching objects or surfaces (such as drinking mugs, door handles or desks) that were
contaminated by droplets from secretions coughed or sneezed from an infected person with a
confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.
Staff Health and Self-isolation
Staff who are unwell with suspected COVID-19, who have come into contact with an infected
individual or who share a household with someone who is unwell should not come to work but must
comply with the latest Government advice about self-isolating themselves in their home.
The guidance states that:
people who have symptoms of infection (new continuous cough and/or high temperature —
however mild) should self-isolate by staying at home and not leaving their house for seven days from
when the symptoms started;
those who live with others and one person has symptoms should self-isolate as a household for 14
days from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
All staff/ volunteers who are self-isolating must inform KSEC as soon as possible that they will not be
coming into work.
General Hygiene Rules
Because the virus can be contracted by transporting germs from contaminated objects, handwashing is the best way to protect against COVID-19. In soap lather, a combination of molecules
assembles into bubble-like structures called micelles that trap viral matter and other biomaterials—
grease, oil, dirt—and rinse them down the drain. The soaps we use contain a class of compounds
called surfactants, which can neutralize germs in our skin. Surfactants basically pry open coronavirus
particles and encapsulate viral molecules within micelles suspended in the lather clinging to your
hands.
It is therefore important to maintain high levels of personal hygiene by: –
Washing your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly
after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people
are doing so. Use 70% alcohol hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to and to supplement hand
washing during the day;
To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a
tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue in a bin
immediately. Then wash your hands or use a 70% alcohol hand sanitising gel;
Face coverings are not compulsory. However, employees are advised to wear face coverings in
enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible or where they are more likely to come
into contact with people they do not normally meet.
Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to
reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people;
Close the toilet seat prior to flushing the toilet;
Open the windows in your area regularly (minimum 15 minutes opening, even when this causes
some thermal discomfort) to ensure ventilation;
Avoid touching your face, particularly eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands to prevent infection.

Social Distancing
Social distancing and self-isolation have been introduced by the Government to reduce the spread of
the coronavirus infection both at work and in public. provided you are not displaying coronavirus
symptoms and neither you nor any of your household are self-isolating.
We will ensure that Staff/volunteers/customers/visitors are able, where possible, to follow Public
Health guidelines on social distancing within the working environment (including, where possible,
maintaining a 2-metre distance / 6ft / 3-steps from others), and hygiene (washing hands with soap
and water often for at least 20 seconds, or using 70% alcohol hand sanitising gel).
We will comply with Government guidance on social distancing at work.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
All staff will be trained in the safe use of PPE, as identified in the risk assessment and in accordance
with Government and Health Safety Executive guidance.
Monitoring and Review
This policy will be continuously monitored and updated to take account of any changes to the official
advice provided about coronavirus.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

http://www.bhs.org.uk/advice-and-information/coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.britishshowjumping.co.uk/news/BEF-statement-12-May-2020-Stance-on-riding-reviewed

https://www.britishdressage.co.uk/bd-info/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.britishequestrian.org.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-faqs