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COVID 19 : ADAPTING THE WORKPLACE

COVID-19: Adapting the Workplace

The NHS Wales Library Service has worked hard to ensure we are delivering a safe environment and service to our service users. 

To do this, we have used the following documentation:

Measures taken in NHS Wales Libraries:

Physical measures

 

Screens

  • Protective screen installed around the enquiry / issue desk

  • Protective Screen installed between the open access PCs

 

Cleaning of PCs, shared equipment, telephones – wipes available

 

Distancing

  • PCs taken out of use to ensure distancing

 

Ventilation – keep windows open

 

Posters / Signage around the library around the library

  • 2m Distancing

  • Hand washing reminder

  • Books consulted to be placed on trolley after use for staff re-shelving

  • Labels on shelves asking users to wash or sanitise their hands before and after touching the book or journal stock.

 

Staff

Working from home on rota to reduce contact

Using laptop and VPN

Work spaces spread out to meet distancing requirements

Working in blocks of days behind issue desk to minimise cross contamination

Staggered lunches and breaks

Teams / zoom meetings instead of face to face where possible

 

Equipment

  • Hand sanitiser – pump and wall mounted

  • Anti viral wipes

  • Disposable  gloves

  • Altered ways of working to avoid touching areas that others will have used,

  • Quarantining

 

In line with updated advice (Libraries Connected: Service recovery toolkit: May 2021), we are no longer quarantining books, but are still encouraging hand hygiene before and after library use. 

Headphones set aside for 72 hours

Card machines to take payments instead of cash

 

Documentation

 

Organisations risk assessment completed

 

Personal risk assessment completed

 

Communication

 

Have regular group catch ups and discuss measures

Advice from Infection Control

Consulting users on measures

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Contact Us!

If you have any queries, concerns or comments, please contact your local NHS Wales Library.