Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Work-Seeker Advice
(updated 15th Oct 2020)
The safety and wellbeing of our work-seekers is of paramount importance to us, so we would like to make everyone connected with Stafffinders aware of current government and NHS advice on the Coronavirus, the support measures available and the procedures we are asking you to follow, whilst working with Stafffinders.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
According to current NHS guidance, the most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If you have any of the symptoms above, NHS advice is to stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19
The current guidance is to stay safe, protect others, save lives.
- wear a face covering
- avoid crowded places
- clean hands and surfaces regularly
- stay 2m away from other people
- self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms
The UK and Scottish governments are constantly reviewing its guidance for Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and also what you can and cannot do in these difficult times.
Stafffinders acknowledges that Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone seriously ill, but for some people, the risk is higher. Taking this into account, we are following current NHS guidance.
In particular, updated guidance draws particular attention to those who are considered Clinically Extremely Vulnerable.
Working with Stafffinders – Work Seeker Responsibilities
The safety and wellbeing of not only our work-seekers, but also our staff and clients, is of equal importance to us. That is why we ask that all of our work-seekers complete our COVID Candidate Questionnaire prior to a temporary assignment and comply with the following procedures.
1. Please inform us prior to undertaking a temporary assignment or attending a face-to-face interview with a client*, if in the last 14 days: -a. you have personally displayed any symptoms of Coronavirus or tested positive for Coronavirus,
b. you have come into contact with anyone else displaying symptoms of Coronavirus or who has tested positive for Coronavirus.
2. If you have already accepted an assignment or attended a face-to-face client interview, please inform us immediately if you have subsequently been advised not to attend work or self-isolate. This again could be due to you personally displaying symptoms of Coronavirus or coming into contact with others displaying symptoms/testing positive.
3. Should you begin to experience symptoms of Coronavirus, whilst on-site with a client, please notify your on-site supervisor immediately. They will advise you what course of action to follow, based on their specific company procedures. Please advise Stafffinders at your earliest opportunity, after you have notified your supervisor.
(* The majority of client interviews will be undertaken online at this time. Only those which are not feasible to do online would be face-to-face and we will ensure the client has correct precautions and safety measures in place prior to the interview taking place).
To ensure our work-seekers continued safety and well-being, we are asking all clients to let us know of the specific measures and procedures they have in place, in relation to Coronavirus. This allows us to let our work-seekers know, giving them valuable peace of mind that their health and safety is a priority to the client. If at any point you feel unsafe on an assignment, please inform both your client supervisor/line manager and Stafffinders, straight away.
All temporary workers who are working on a client’s site have a duty to assess any risks to their own health and safety and to comply with any of the client’s health and safety instructions that they are made aware of. This not only applies to Coronavirus, but all health and safety matters. You should take all reasonable steps to safeguard your own safety and that of any person who may be affected by your actions. You must also report any accident to the client in the first instance and then also to Stafffinders.
With official guidance changing all the time, we would ask that all of our work-seekers carefully follow government guidance, as and when it changes, either by using the links already mentioned above or via the below.
We appreciate that work-seekers may have questions of their own they would like to ask, so if you wish to get in touch with Stafffinders at any point, please do so either by telephone or email, as our offices are currently closed for face-to-face meetings. Feel free to contact your consultant directly, should you have their details, or by using the link below.
Find out more about what Stafffinders current practices are utilising our online platform, and explore what changes we're making behind the scenes to ensure our offices are as safe as possible when the time is right to re-open.