Protecting yourself when working with the public
For critical roles providing a service to our citizens, it is important to follow social distancing advice wherever possible – keeping two metres away from others and maintaining good hand/respiratory hygiene (washing hands and catching coughs/sneezes in tissues).
Short periods of interaction following this advice have negligible risk of infection.
Public Health guidance on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been developed which advises the PPE recommended in a wide range of workplace scenarios.
Following changes to national guidance it is now expected that all BCC staff should wear a face-covering when working in indoor places where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people from outside of your team/usual colleagues. This includes visits to citizen’s homes. This is to prevent staff passing on COVID-19 to other people.
It is not expected that face-coverings would normally be required for staff working in offices, or for staff from the same service who need to share vehicles.
Where there is a requirement for staff to wear face-coverings during the working day then these will be supplied by the council. Disposable face-coverings will be provided.
Please read further information including links to safe use, removal and disposal.