SPORTSAFE AND CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Sportsafe are now fully functional for England and continuing to monitor government guidelines for Wales and Scotland.
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HSE has recently released guidance that the requirement for inspections is not being reduced and the statutory obligation remains on the duty holders to comply with legislation and ensure that equipment remains safe for use.
We will be starting to contact all sites where inspections are due to establish access, before a staged return of the team (subject to government guidelines).
Following the lockdown advice from the government, Sportsafe is now working on a skeleton team, primarily to support our Blue Lamp contracts as we are deemed as key workers. Office workers are working from home where possible and phone lines diverted. Should you be unable to reach anyone by phone please email [email protected]
We are very aware that there are already some individual school closures and there is a strong possibility of widespread closure after the Easter holidays as the government moves to the ‘delay phase’ of the Coronavirus management.
Our inspectors and repairers are visiting between 2-6 schools per day, so we are taking action to ensure we keep them safe and manage the risk of infection.
What are Sportsafe doing to minimize the infection risk?
When our inspectors and repair staff visit sites over the next 2-3 months, they have been asked to follow the instructions below: –
What will our office staff do to minimize the infection risk?
What can you do to help reduce the infection risk?
Opportunity to minimise school disruption
If the school is empty of pupils but you have staff working from the school site, please take advantage of the opportunity to have your inspection and remedial works completed whilst there are no pupils. This will also reduce the risk of spreading the infection further and will keep your school’s equipment up to date with its health and safety checks.
Cancellation and No Access policy
If we arrive at the site and the school is inaccessible or we are given less than 5 working days’ notice that access is to be denied then we do reserve the right to impose the denied access/cancellation charge for one engineer/inspector of £90 and two engineers/inspectors of £180.
Please use the email [email protected] to advise us of anything related to Coronavirus at your school.