As an unprecedented event in most of our lifetimes, it can be hard to navigate all of the changing regulations and advice around staying safe during the pandemic. This can leave many wondering how do I now go about my work? How do I keep myself and the customer safe? But not to worry, we have created our guide for Locksmiths to work safely during this pandemic, so that you can still provide excellent services to customers but also do your part to reduce the spread.
1. Complete a risk assessment
Completing a risk assessment to include the risks of Covid-19 in your area and the current state that your region is in will help to better analyse the risks that are posed to you. A risk assessment will also help you to better apply the current government regulations to your personal situation, are you in the high-risk category? Is the government suggesting you should be shielding?
Understanding your situation and the risks that you could be facing will help you to better minimise them and therefore keep yourself and the customer safe.
2. Remember your mask
No matter if you are working inside or outside, you need to be wearing a mask when attending a job unless you are exempt. When wearing a mask, it is important to remember that once you take it off that you mustn’t put it back on, at the risk of contamination, until it has been washed. Best practice is that you keep a full stock of disposable masks in your van where you put on a new mask before leaving the van, keep on during the job and take off once you are again in the van. Or to be more environmentally friendly we recommend wearing a reusable face mask, that is washed daily.
Although not mandatory, if may be worth checking if a customer onsite will be wearing a mask. This information will help you understand the risk factors and if need be, practice risk mitigation.
Risk Mitigation: The identification, evaluation and prioritization of risks to create a strategy to lessen the effects of risks.
3. Cleanliness, Handwashing and Hygiene
Working as a mobile Locksmith will not offer you the opportunity to wash your hands regularly throughout the day, however you should take every chance you get to maintain cleanliness and wash away any harmful germs.
Best practice will be to carry around an anti-bacterial kit that will allow you to clean and reduce the risk of spread. Arriving on site you should make a point of sanitising your hands before you touch anything, followed by a routine clean down of any surfaces touched with anti-bacterial wipes before sanitizing your hands once more.
Generally, it is advised that you refrain from touching your face, mouth and eyes.
4. Social Distance
Wherever possible you should maintain a 2-metre distance apart from those that are not in your household or social bubble, therefore it may be necessary to ask the customer to step back to maintain social distancing where possible.
If the full 2 metres is not possible, 1 metre is acceptable if risk mitigation is practised. For example, it would be acceptable to work at 1 metre if good ventilation could be practised.
Where possible it is advised that ventilation is improved as much as possible when working indoors. This can include opening all windows in the house for improved air flow or turning on an air conditioning system. Of course, the risk posed with ventilation is that in the winter months it can make the working environment uncomfortable, so we suggest preparing for this situation and remembering to dress warmly where necessary.
6. Reduce risks by staying vigilant
If you feel under the weather and are experiencing any symptoms of COVID, you must self-isolate and get a Coronavirus test. Likewise, if anyone in your household or social bubble is experiencing symptoms you must also self-isolate until they receive a negative test or until the end of the isolation period.
For any questions about working during the pandemic, visit GOV.uk.