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We each have a duty to protect ourselves and each other through the pandemic and below are steps which must be taken by all staff and students.

Self-isolating

You must self-isolate immediately:

  • If you feel unwell with symptoms of coronavirus, which could include any of the following: a new, persistent cough, a temperature or a loss of taste or smell. Arrange a test through the NHS website or by calling 119 and, if positive, continue self-isolating for at least 10 days from when the symptoms appeared.

  • For at least 10 days if you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus and tested positive, had an unclear result or did not have a test; or who has no symptoms but a positive test result.

  • For at least 10 days if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace after you have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus.

You must notify the University if you have a positive coronavirus test or are self-isolating, providing details of dates and locations of any time on site. Students should contact coronavirusconcern@sgul.ac.uk. Staff should contact their manager and HR via hrhelp@sgul.ac.uk.

How we can all help

Let’s all play our part to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand gel frequently and whenever leaving any space on campus.

  • Wear face masks in all common parts of the University, including in the main foyers, The Street, common rooms, the Library and the Halls of Residence (but not in individual flats). Face masks must also be worn in learning environments, such as teaching rooms and laboratories, at all times and in offices where 2m distancing cannot be maintained.

  • Keep your distance, staying at least two metres apart from others outside your household, or, if that's not possible in classes, offices or elsewhere, one metre apart with mitigation e.g. face coverings or screens.

  • Stay apart, not gathering socially indoors with others from different households, or outdoors in a group of more than 6, in line with Government guidelines. 
  • Cover coughs or sneezes using a tissue or your elbow.

  • Use spaces safely, following the one-way systems, tapping your ID card whenever you can so there’s a record of your movements around campus and wiping desks and computers before you use them in common areas such as in the Library.

  • Keep informed of any changes to guidance, checking your emails regularly for alerts from the University.

  • Remind and respect others, prompting others to follow the rules to keep us all safe, but being aware that some people are exempt from requirements to wear a face covering. Do not take offence if you receive a reminder yourself.

Please be aware that wilfully and repeatedly breaching requirements could lead to disciplinary processes.

Additional requirements for halls of residence:

  • Horton Halls will be closed to external visitors

  • Mixing between flats will be prohibited; residents will not be able to visit other flats or host other residents in their flats.

  • The large common room near the reception will be closed (no entry or exit)

  • You must wear a mask/facial covering while in Horton Halls (corridors, bike store, laundry room, reception, lifts, and stairwells)

  • From 29 March 2021 you will be able to form a group of 6 people in the outside areas of Halls and the courtyard space.

Frequently asked questions

Face masks and coverings

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When and where should I wear a face covering?

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 restrictions. Government guidance for the wearing of face coverings has not changed since the national resitrction period which started in November 2020 (see 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. 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. 

Public transport 

The use of face coverings on all public transport is now compulsory

Hospitals  

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. 

Shops

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. 

Public areas 
  • 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 guidelines 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.
Office environments
  • 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 Coverings

Face visors

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.

Face coverings

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 sold in 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. 

What is the difference between a face covering and a face mask?
Face Coverings

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 sold in 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.

Are visitors allowed to wear face masks instead of face coverings?
Yes. However, these should not be supplied by the University/Trust unless it is essential. Face masks must be disposed in the offensive waste bins provided at locations throughout the Trust – do not dispose of them in general waste bins.
What is a Covid secure area?

This is an area in which:

  • A COVID-19 risk assessment has been carried out and shared with the people who work in the area

  • There is easy access to handwashing/hand sanitising facilities

  • The area is cleaned regularly

  • Social distancing can be maintained at all times with staff 2m apart

If I am working on the Trust site should I bring my own face mask?

You will not need to bring your own face mask as the Trust will be providing them. Staff/students should read the NHS guidance. Students should follow their course guidelines on procedures. However, you will need to wear your own face covering to enter the hospital and make your way to your place of work.

How do I dispose of my face mask?

Used face masks and visors must be disposed in clinical waste bins at the main entry and exit points to the University and hospital.

How will PPE be disposed of in teaching areas?

Face masks, aprons and gloves used in the practical, face-to-face teaching areas will be disposed of via the Offensive Waste stream. The bins are orange-lidded and have a ‘clinical waste only’ sticker on. The bags will be black and yellow striped.

This minimises the likelihood that anyone handling the waste will be infected by the used PPE, should an asymptomatic person be present at the session.

This is good practice and should be followed by students and staff.

 

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