Our number one priority is your safety - be you a student, a staff member, a client or a visitor.

To help ensure a safe work and study environment, visitors will need to liaise with their host staff member to ensure a safe visit.

Building works at Hawkshead campus

Construction activities will continue throughout the 2021/22 academic year.

In line with the latest Government Site Operations Procedures guidance, RG Carter have enacted a range of enhanced control measures which will protect construction teams and the wider campus community.

These include increased health monitoring and cleaning of the site offices, staggered shift patterns, physical distancing on site and the use of additional PPE where appropriate.  RG Carter operatives will continue to use the designated parking area at the west of the campus and will not be using any RVC facilities.

These measures have all been approved by RVC Health & Safety and the project teams.

This will mean multiple daily deliveries of construction materials arriving on site, so for those of you who have not been to Hawkshead recently, please take care around large vehicles on the campus.

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact: capitalprojects@rvc.ac.uk

Campus Hygiene

  • Enhanced cleaning regime for high traffic touch-points (WCs, doors, hand-rails, etc)
  • Hand gel dispensers installed by all building entrances
  • Sanitisation stations set up by all MFDs (gloves, wipes, spray and bin) for self-cleaning prior to use
  • Replacement of door exit buttons with ‘hands free controls
  • Replacement of water drinking stations with hands free bottle fill units.

Cleaning and Maintenance

  • We will maintain the enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices that have been in place since the outbreak of the virus.
  • Hand sanitisation stations are installed in all buildings and additional automatic sanitiser dispensers are stationed at all building entrances and high traffic areas.
  • There will be increased and regular hygiene guidance throughout the estate.
  • Particular attention is being given to all surfaces that are touched frequently such as door handles and plates, light switches and toilet facilities. In addition to the morning clean these areas will as a minimum, depending on usage, receive at least a further two wipe downs with an appropriate cleaning detergent during the day. ·
  • Frequently used electronic devices with touchscreens such as printers and Library self-service kiosks have dedicated cleaning stations beside them to allow users to clean the device prior and after use.
  • Campus Services will constantly be reviewing these measures and will adapt, where necessary, in line with further government advice.
  • Our maintenance teams are responding to all planned and reactive maintenance tasks.

Do I need to activate my NHS Track and Trace app when on campus?

Whilst it will remains a personal choice,  when in places where PPE is mandatory, for example in clinical areas and some laboratories,  it is our recommendation that staff and students disable the NHS COVID-19 app.  Elsewhere on our campuses the advice is unchanged. PLEASE NOTE – we do require that everyone continues to use the RVC test and trace for reporting positive tests results and notifications to self-isolate.

Good personal hygiene practices

With any infectious disease, we can all play our part in reducing the infection rate by observing standard hygiene practices. Hand hygiene, either with soap and water or with 70% alcohol-based handrub, is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading infections to others. Indeed, hand hygiene is an easy, inexpensive, and effective means to prevent the spread of germs and keep everyone healthy. NHS advice on hand hygiene is key to reducing any potential risk of spread of infection. Such advice is an example of ‘safe behaviours’ that should be applied to protect you against COVID-19 and a range of other transmissible diseases and should be a routine infection control measure in our clinical areas that reduces risk of infection for staff, students and patients.

Masks and PPE

  • In line with Government advice we are choosing to maintain the wearing of masks in crowded areas and where social distancing cannot be applied such as:
    • When moving around in buildings
    • In offices and other workplace settings (including teaching and lab spaces) where maintaining distance between individuals is not possible
  • Additional PPE such as visors or eye protection may be needed for practical teaching sessions. Students will be given further instructions by year/course leaders.

  • Facemasks are required outside on campus:
    • in congested areas
    • In outdoor learning environments where social distancing cannot be observed
    • In social settings the use of face coverings is encouraged where social distancing cannot be observed but recognising the risks are lower, particularly if you are vaccinated

  • Face coverings are not required:
    • When seated in offices or other work spaces (including teaching or lab spaces) where social distancing between individuals can be maintained
    • When eating or drinking
    • Private shared offices should allow for masks to be removed when seated

Where the wording social distancing is used, the RVC requires at least 1 metre (1m+).

Physical distancing on campus

  • Maintaining 1m+ social distance is still advised wherever possible, indoors or out.
  • Please be aware of the instructions that might be in place outside some buildings that will inform you of any localised instructions that are in place at the time.
  • It may be necessary to regulate entry at times so that the premises do not become overcrowded. Floor markers will be placed within some buildings to ensure a safe queuing distance is maintained if controlled entry is required.
  • Some corridors will have dual directions to help maintain distancing.  Remember to “Think, Check, Keep Left”.
  • Where queues are likely to form, please be aware of the 1m+ rule and be respectful of distancing measures.

Ventilation

  • Having well ventilated workspaces is of critical importance.
  • The simplest and most effective way (where possible) is to open windows to increase natural ventilation.
  • Our main ventilation plant is regularly surveyed and maintained. Ventilation systems that operate on a recirculation mode have been adapted to provide 100% fresh air i.e.. no recirculation of the internal air is taking place.
  • These modifications and simple measures will significantly reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Water Supplies (Mitigating Legionella)

  • We sample the water systems frequently throughout the year for detection of legionella bacteria as part of our legionella management regime
  • We do not have any high risk systems on our campuses in terms of controlling Legionella Bacteria

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