The following guidance and information applies to all staff, students, visitors and contractors who are on the University premises, either in Hunter and Jenner Wings, the Halls of Residence and the Sports centre.
We are now in a new period of easing of national restrictions. Government guidance for the wearing of face coverings has not changed since the national restriction period started in November 2020 (Government Guidance and guidance for higher education.)
The University wishes to ensure that its staff and students are protected to the highest possible standards particularly in the light of potential new variants of the virus. Therefore, following the University recommendation, all staff and students must wear Type II face masks when on site.
If you are medically exempt from wearing a face mask, in order to provide some protection to yourself and others, we recommend that you wear a visor while on the University site. These are not an equivalent alternative to face masks. They may protect the wearer in specific circumstances but are unlikely to prevent the escape of smaller respiratory particles and should always be cleaned appropriately.
Face masks and visors will be provided and can be collected from the following points on site: Hunter Wing, Reception Desk (staff, students and visitors), Hunter Wing, Library (staff and students), Jenner Wing, Site Services (Staff).
When applying or removing the covering/mask, it is important that you wash your hands first and avoid touching your face. If you remove your mask, it should be placed in a sealable plastic bag.
Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn, and the face covering should be replaced carefully. Staff and students may consider bringing a spare face mask to wear if their face mask becomes damp during the day.
Used face masks and visors must be disposed in clinical waste bins at the main entry and exit points to the University and hospital.
The use of face coverings on all public transport is now compulsory.
All visitors must wear face coverings whilst on a hospital site. All hospital staff are now required to wear surgical masks.
If you use a hospital entrance and walk through the hospital, you will be seen as a visitor and will be required to wear a face covering.
University students and staff entering clinical facilities for work/placement purposes will be required to use surgical masks.
Face coverings/masks are required in shops and where food or drink is purchased at a take-away outlet.
St George’s University areas – Hunter and Jenner Wings
St George’s University has put in place measures to reasonably manage the risk in these areas. The guidance applies to all learning environments such as teaching rooms, library, laboratories, offices and other areas that may be entered by the public, NHS Trust staff and University staff.
Government guidance indicates that you should wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. Whilst on the University site, you must wear face masks in all common parts spaces of the University, this includes, the main Foyers, The Street, Library, Common Rooms, the Halls of Residence (but not individual flats).
- Face masks do not need to be worn when outdoors but you should continue to socially distance.
Learning environments and laboratories
- Once inside your learning environment (e.g. a teaching space, library or laboratory) face masks must be worn at all times unless otherwise advised. See the Government's 1m+ rule and guidance for Higher Education . For some Laboratory spaces specific operating procedures will be put in place and this may include additional face masks/PPE requirements. Staff and students should ensure that they have read and adhere to the guidance for these areas.
- Where the area meets Covid-secure guidelines and 2m distancing can be maintained you are not required to wear a face mask. However, we encourage all staff to act with caution particularly in shared office spaces. If 2m distancing cannot be maintained, face masks must be worn in accordance with the Government 1m+ rule and guidelines for Higher Education (see FAQs here).
- Areas should be kept well ventilated by opening windows, where possible, and doors that are not fire doors. The mechanical ventilation system has been adjusted to give the maximum flow rate and the recirculating mode has been adjusted to only allow fresh air flow into the rooms.
You must observe social distancing requirements (2m/1m+) even when wearing face coverings/masks.
After travelling, especially on public transport, it is essential that you wash your hands thoroughly before starting work.
Further information can be found here social distancing guidance (see FAQ’s here also).
Face masks and face coverings
Face visors or shields can be worn by those exempt from wearing a face covering but they are not an equivalent alternative in terms of source control of virus transmission.
They may protect the wearer against droplet spread in specific circumstances but are unlikely to be effective in preventing the escape of smaller respiratory particles when used without an additional face covering. They should always be cleaned appropriately.
In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.
Face coverings intended for use by the general public are not PPE or medical devices. As such they do not carry a CE mark and should not be sold or donated as PPE or medical devices.
Type II Surgical (medical) face masks
These are mainly designed to be worn in medical settings to limit the spread of infection. They are resistant to droplets of fluids and splashes. These masks are manufactured to a recognised standard. They must meet the design and safety requirements of the Medical Device Regulations (MDD/MDR) and be CE marked before they can be soldin the UK.
Face masks as personal protective equipment (PPE)
For some specific activities on site, face masks are required as personal protective equipment and need to meet the regulations covering PPE products. They will need a notified body to verify the relevant requirements are met. They are not medical devices. Where PPE is required, the type of face mask will be delineated in the SOP/ local rules /risk assessment associated with the activity.
We will keep this guidance under review.