Renfrewshire Council

Last reviewed: 6pm, Thursday 8 October

Health, safety and wellbeing at work during the pandemic

Personal protective equipment (PPE), home visits, working at a facility, working from home, keep fit and healthy, mental health and wellbeing, financial wellbeing, useful contacts.

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In the shortest space of time, our work life balance, how we work as well as how we live, has changed dramatically.

With more of us working from home, delivering essential services and adjusting to life following the current government guidelines, it's so important that we look after ourselves and each other and continue to provide vital services to the most vulnerable.

Our priority is keeping staff safe and well and making sure that everyone who is still at work is following Government guidelines on social distancing and good hand hygiene in the workplace. We are continually reviewing the latest guidance to ensure we have the right practice in place and will update this section accordingly.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have issued guidance on the reporting of Coronavirus cases under the requirements of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations and managers and staff are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the guidance. Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations [127KB]

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and hand care

Find out about getting the right personal protective equipment (PPE), What PPE you need if you work in health and social care, hand care and PPE gloves on the personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand care page.

Guidelines on making home visits

Guidelines on making any kind of home visit, including healthcare and non-healthcare visits. What to do before you arrive, while you are working there and when you finish your visit.

Working safely at a facility or depot

The working safely at a facility or depot page has information about changes to the workplace, keeping you safe at work, if you start to feel unwell at work, travel to work, health and wellbeing, annual leave and special leave.

Although the majority of our buildings are closed, we still have a few bases open on a restricted access basis to support care services and provide welfare for our frontline teams.

First Aiders

During the current situation, managers must ensure adequate first aid cover within their area(s) and, if required, assume the role(s) themselves. 

Although unlikely, the following guidance should be followed by any first aiders if they have been asked to attend to a colleague who was presenting with Covid-19 symptoms.

First Aid advice [158KB]

Fire Wardens

During the current situation, managers must ensure adequate fire warden cover within their area(s) and, if required, assume the role(s) themselves. Local emergency evacuation procedures should outline roles and responsibilities for fire wardens.

Working at home

With the majority of our staff working from home it can feel more difficult than usual to take care of your health and wellbeing.

The working from home during the coronavirus pandemic page contains practical guidance on working from home as well as hints and tips on looking after yourself and others during the lockdown.

Keeping fit and healthy

It is really important that you do all you can to stay healthy and well at this time.

To support you with this our Health and Safety team have produced the Health and Wellbeing Guide [168KB]   which includes helpful hints, tips and links to a range of subjects such as: healthy eating, exercises and keeping moving both indoors and out, as well as advice and guidance on how to create the right working environment and add structure to your day.

Mental health and wellbeing

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is equally as important as your physical wellbeing. We are all dealing with lots of uncertainty and juggling our work and family commitments in very challenging circumstances. Please be assured that we're keen to support as much as we can.

With more of us working from home, delivering essential services and adjusting to life following the current government guidelines, we have put together some advice and tips to help you look after yourself and your family in our new  Mental Health and Wellbeing Guide [117KB]

The coronavirus outbreak has changed daily life for us all in Scotland and has had a real impact on how many of us are feeling. It's ok to not feel yourself right now, and we have some great tips to help get you through it in our in our Staff Wellbeing Guide

The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) are providing free online courses throughout September to help people with management responsibilities support the mental wellbeing of their staff. The training covers maintaining wellbeing, building resilience, an introduction to suicide prevention and mental health in the workplace. You can find out more information in the  SAMH course information leaflet [610KB] .

Time for Talking - Employee Counselling Service

Our staff counselling service, Time for Talking, is available 24/7 with free, confidential support from professional counsellors. This is currently available through telephone or digital channels such as Skype. Visit their webpage for more information or call 0800 970 3980 for free support now.

Financial Wellbeing

The coronavirus outbreak has fundamentally changed the way we live and while a primary concern is general health and mental wellbeing, financial wellbeing is also important.

Money worries can have a real impact on people's lives and a detrimental effect on mental health and wellbeing so please read the attached Financial Wellbeing guide [935KB] for advice and guidance on looking after your finances.

For more information visit Benefits, money and debt.

Useful contacts

Human Resources COVID-19 Helpline: call 0141 618 7323, 0141 618 4031 or 0141 618 4505

Occupational Health: call 0141 212 6970

Employee Counselling Service - Time for Talking: website or call 0800 970 3980

Renfrewshire Council - Recorded Covid-19 information line: 0300 300 0333

NHS Inform: website or call 0800 028 2816

Shielding Local Assistance Helpline: 0300 300 0230

Shielding National Helpline: 0800 111 4000

The Scottish Government Clear Your Head website offers practical tips on wellbeing and an extensive list of contacts for further help and support

Visit Renfrewshire Leisure's Wellbeing at Home webpage for more resources and contacts

For a list of emergency contacts go here