During these uncertain times, it’s important that we all work together to stay safe and healthy. So, we’ve brought the latest government advice together with our top tips to help you protect yourself and any of our tradespeople carrying out work for you.
On 10th May 2020, Boris Johnson made the announcement that “anyone who can’t work from home, for instance, those in construction, should be actively encouraged to go to work”. Since then the government has published more detailed guidelines for tradespeople working in people’s homes, and we’ve factored that latest information into the recommendations below.
Try to cut down on unnecessary face-to-face contact as much as possible – we’ve advised our staff to do the same. You can do this by:
Once you’ve hired us, you should keep in contact with us throughout the process. Let us know if you or anyone in your household is ill – our tradesperson will do the same so work can be rescheduled if needed. You can send messages to us using our contact numbers, which you can access through our website.
If your household is isolating, or an individual is being shielded, no work should be carried out unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repairs, and where the tradesperson is willing to do so.
There are steps that you can take to create a safe working environment in your home, such as:
We’ve also advised our staff to bring protective products on jobs, such as tissue, hand sanitizer, and a plastic bag to dispose of used tissues.
Whilst our staff are in your house, it’s important that you:
The government is now encouraging anyone who can’t work from home, such as tradespeople, to go back to work as long as they and anyone in their household has no symptoms. They shouldn’t carry out work in households that are self-isolating or if an individual is classed as vulnerable and being protected, unless the work is to sort a problem which is a direct risk to the safety of the household.
Countries may approach the different phases of lockdown differently. This guidance is in line with the UK government’s advice and is being followed in England. See the specific government websites for any differences.
If there’s a lockdown announced in the regional area(s) that you work or live in, in addition to the national lockdown, the government says that you must follow all instructions from the relevant local authority. You can find out which areas currently have special restrictions in place on Gov.uk.
What to do if you feel ill, or someone in your household is ill
If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, the latest NHS advice is to stay at home. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to stay at home for at least 7 days. If you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms.
Despite these uncertain times, plenty of home improvement projects are still on track! If you’ve got a job that needs doing, and it’s safe for you to do so, hiring UNIQUE UK SERVICES is a great way to support our small business.
We thank you in advance for your patience during this most challenging and unprecedented time.