Marc Christian, Head of Quality, Safety, Health and Environment at Clece Care Services Ltd. (CCS), which is a group of domiciliary care and support companies with more than 4,000 care professionals across the UK, was one of Riskex’s first users of Safe2day, and joined us for a revealing webinar.   Hear his account of how Safe2day was used to give real-time information about their front-line care workers during the lockdown, and how it continues to help control the virus.

Riskex’s Safe2day health assessment tool, which is aligned to Government and NHS guidance on Covid-19 symptoms, incorporates questions around how someone is feeling, their living situation, whether they have or have had any virus symptoms and if other health conditions exist. Concerns are flagged, and management can then take appropriate preventive action.

The tool’s built-in dashboard also provides intuitive reporting that can be analysed at an individual, departmental and global level to create a comprehensive picture of employees’ fitness to work, important as the UK emerges from lockdown.

You can sign up and use our Free version of Safe2day – Use “Fit2work” for FREE:

Any UK business is invited to sign up for the free Fit2work health assessment tool.  As the project is sponsored by Riskex’s current hosting provider Rackspace, we have the server capacity and bandwidth to deliver, regardless of the number of users.  You’re welcome to sign up and use it too, by following this link:

Sign up and more info here >>>

Safe2day has a wider range of features and benefits, so to find out how it will help your organisation, talk to one of our team.  Learn how you can restore confidence for your people, and get back to work safely – contact us now:

01908 915272

sales@riskex.co.uk

Riskex’s fit2work health assessment tool, which is aligned to Government and NHS guidance on Covid-19 symptoms, incorporates questions around how someone is feeling, their living situation, whether they have or have had any virus symptoms and if other health conditions exist. Concerns are flagged, and management can then take appropriate preventive action.

The tool’s built-in dashboard also provides intuitive reporting that can be analysed at an individual, departmental and global level to create a comprehensive picture of employees’ fitness to work, important as the UK emerges from lockdown.

Clece Care Services Ltd. (CCS), which is a group of domiciliary care and support companies with more than 4,000 care professionals across the UK, was one of Riskex’s first users of the fit2work tool.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, CCS’s carers have been ‘front-line heroes’, providing support to help safeguard elderly and vulnerable people in the community.

Marc Christian, Head of Quality, Safety, Health and Environment at CCS has been a long-term user of AssessNET, Riskex’s health and safety software solution.  He said, “The Covid fit2work tool was quick and easy to implement as an additional tool to our systems to track real time updates of our staff.”

Assessing the health status and controlling any associated risk factors of a diverse and large employee population in real time is acutely challenging.  Marc said, “Knowing who was fit to work on a daily basis has been vital to providing a safe service to our customers. It has also been important for our staff, as with concerns around symptoms and positive or negative testing, this tool has given people reassurance and confidence to go to work.”

Management of data and GDPR requirements are key news topics. Reassured that Riskex’s software is built with the highest levels of encryption for data security, and meets all GDPR requirements, Marc said, “Using the AssessNET suite can demonstrate our safety standards to the Care Quality Commission.”

Marc concluded, “At CCS, during this crisis we have been prouder than ever of the people behind the service. Our care workers are skilled professionals and using tools like AssessNET’s fit2work has helped to keep them working and keep everyone safe.”

Hear Marc Christian’s own account on our free webinar, Wednesday 8th July at 12pm – sign up to secure your place and learn from his experiences.

Yes please, I want to hear Marc’s story >>>

 

You can sign up and use “fit2work” for FREE:

Any UK business is invited to sign up for the free fit2work health assessment tool.  As the project is sponsored by Riskex’s current hosting provider Rackspace, we have the server capacity and bandwidth to deliver, regardless of the number of users.  You’re welcome to sign up and use it too, by following this link:

Sign up and more info here >>>

Talk to one of our team about how you can restore confidence for your people, and get back to work safely – contact us now:

01908 915272

sales@riskex.co.uk

By popular demand, Riskex is hosting a series of Wednesday Webinars, talking about the need for adequate Covid-19 beating systems to monitor health information in an employee population.  On 8th July we are delighted to welcome Marc Christian, QSHE Manager at Clece Care Services, to share his experiences and insights into managing the Covid-19 crisis using AssessNET.  The fit2work tool has been a cornerstone in CCS’s front-line employee safety management – join us to find out why.

For teams large and small, having visibility of people’s individual health and Covid risk factors is a challenge for any manager.  Using AssessNET’s suite of modules, the webinar will show you how you can gain that visibility and control.  Not only that, you will help to restore the confidence your people need to face the fear of returning to the workplace.

Click here – Sign up for this webinar now >>>

What action should you take?

So much in the media is dominated by debate about how the UK can return to work safely.  Even the HSE recently published a media campaign, reminding businesses of their duties around safeguarding employees during the COVID-19 crisis.  Their guidance about carrying out adequate risk assessments is simple, and every employer has a legally binding obligation to comply.

SaaS systems, such as AssessNET, offer a simple solution to achieve this.  To play their part in answering the calls for help during the crisis, Riskex have created and launched a new package, heavily discounted during June, to help businesses in their time of need.

Riskex delivers “safe2day” – Back to work initiative

The key to dealing with Covid-19 is to prevent the virus from entering the workplace, and control the safety of the work environment.  Using PPE is a last resort, and there are steps that can be practically taken earlier in the process, to minimise the risk.

The safe2day bundle includes AssessNET’s market-leading risk management tools, collated to bring staff safely back to the workplace.  There’s an attractively discounted price on offer until the end of July 2020.

Packages are based around:

  • fit2work – Covid-19 health monitoring tool (sponsored by Rackspace)
  • Risk Assessment
  • Hazard Reporting
  • Safety Inspection
  • DSE (Display Screen Equipment)

The fit2work health assessment tool was created in direct answer to client calls for data about Covid-19.  When staff are scattered, either working from home or on furlough, we’ve all experienced that feeling of uncertainty and disconnect.  Traceability and complying with an employer’s duty of care became more challenging.

Riskex’s health tool, fit2work, was built to deliver visibility and control through a health status questionnaire at the start of the pandemic.  This helps managers identify who should stay at home, rather than putting others at risk by coming back to the workplace – or in other words, controlling the risk at source.

Safe2day is Riskex’s way of bringing key modules together to deliver the safety processes necessary to get the UK back to work.  At Riskex we’re passionate about supporting health and safety initiatives, and we are striving to help as many organisations as possible, by making our tools as accessible as we can.

FREE sign up to use “fit2work” 

Any UK business is invited to sign up for the free fit2work health assessment tool.  As the project is sponsored by Riskex’s current hosting provider Rackspace, we have the server capacity and bandwidth to deliver, regardless of the number of users.  You’re welcome to sign up and use it too, by following this link:

Sign up for fit2work and more info here >>>

To talk to one of our team about securing your discounted safe2day bundle and get back to work safely, contact us now:

01908 915272

sales@riskex.co.uk

MARK DELO – CEO Riskex Ltd.   “During lockdown I have walked most evenings and have not seen many people out and about.   Traffic levels reduced and streets empty, it has been a quiet and refreshing experience because I live in the noisy and cramped confines of Gibraltar.

Now we are coming out of lockdown, one of my main concerns is the exposure to the COVID-19 virus.   The 2-metre rule that is being bandied around the world as a way of controlling exposure is going to be difficult to adhere to.  Our Rock is two and a half miles long, has over 35,000 people living on it, and is basically a network of narrow streets packed with people, scooters, bicycles and cars.

Add to this the fact we have our fair share of smokers, and probably the cheapest fags in Europe, and as a non-smoker I start to worry.

Exhaling smoke and vapour

According to medical experts, a smoker infected with COVID-19 can exhale the virus in the smoke they breathe out.   This makes breathing second-hand smoke an even bigger infection risk for all.   Add to that the huge vapour clouds from those that swapped smoking for vaping, and I am worried Gibraltar might need to seriously consider what this could mean for its population.

Smokers more at risk

All governments have advised smokers and those vaping to try and give up the habit, but even as a non-smoker I realise how difficult that is for those hooked.   It seems COVID-19 attaches more of its club-shaped projections to smokers’ lungs, making them likely to be more easily infected and sicker.  Smokers who are infected are likely to be sicker for longer by virtue of the fact their lungs are damaged.  If a smoker or e-cigarette user is asymptomatic and does not know they are infected, the reality that the nightmare could come true is very worrying.

I read one warning from doctors recommending that if a neighbour smokes, make sure to close windows to block the smoke from coming into your home.   With a warning like that, it does make me fear coming into close contact with friends that smoke and vape.

Close encounter

Whilst on a walk up the Rock at the weekend, we passed close to a number of walkers, as it is virtually impossible to keep even a metre away on a walking track (see pic).   One such individual passed by and was holding an e-cigarette.   He was about 30 metres distant when I saw a big cloud of vapour rise above him.   Within seconds I could smell the scent of the vapour, which basically meant I had inhaled a small fraction of the vapour.   The scent and vapour are chemical based, although we are talking parts per million levels.  I do wonder where the research is regarding COVID-19 exposure from smoke and vapour.

Second-hand inhalation

When you see someone exhale vapour and smell the scent, you are effectively inhaling some of that person’s second-hand vapour aerosol, and that could ultimately infect you with COVID-19.  The same goes for smelling second-hand smoke – if a smoker is infected with COVID-19, it is possible the smoke the individual breathes out can carry the virus and infect others nearby.

COVID-19 is a vicious virus and we know so little about how to control it.   However, one thing we have learned over the past few months is that we need to become proactive when it comes to control, not reactive when we realise we have a problem.

Call to ban smoking and vaping in public places

With the information above, I believe there is a strong case for banning smoking and vaping in public places, where there is a risk to others inhaling second-hand smoke and vapour.”

MARK DELO – CEO Riskex Ltd

 

 

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Riskex Fit2Work

The tool to help your people back to work safely – Fit2Work by Riskex

What is Fit2Work?

Using Fit2Work, employees complete a 30 second questionnaire, which can be done daily, answering simple questions to declare their health status.  These results display in a dashboard, giving managers real-time stats, showing percentages of their workforce in different categories.

Identify who is “Fit to Work”

With Government guidelines constantly being updated, there is a pressing need to safely emerge from lockdown and get people back to the workplace.

Fit2Work helps restore confidence – both for employees, who know their employer is taking action, and for customers who can be confident about the health status of anyone visiting.

There’s no time to lose

Steve Blaydon, Business Process Manager at Miniclipper Logistics said,

“Riskex has provided MiniClipper Logistics with their free AssessNET Covid-19 Health Assessment module.  It is proving to be a very useful tool indeed.  So easy to use, great status dashboard, user friendly with a quick and simple process to follow.”

 

Use Fit2Work yourself

Don’t delay!  For more information, and to sign up for full access:

<< Click to use Fit2Work yourself – it’s free! >>

 

Launched with the purpose of helping employers know the health status of their people during lockdown, Riskex’s new Fit2Work solution is rapidly gaining support.

As the UK navigates its way out of lockdown, managing the complexities is no easy task.

Even managing a small team, how can you find out if your people are safe to come to work?  Have they told you about symptoms, or if they are living with someone with symptoms that puts them at risk? Have they had symptom and recovered, or officially been diagnosed?

What is Fit2Work?

Using Fit2Work, employees complete a 30 second questionnaire, which can be done daily, answering simple questions to declare their health status.  These results display in a dashboard, giving managers real-time stats, showing percentages of their workforce in different categories.

Not only was Fit2Work featured on BBC News, journalists at MK Citizen have also seen the need to publicise the message.  For the full article, visit the page:

Go to MK Citizen here >>>

 

Identify who is “Fit to Work”

With Government guidelines constantly being updated, there is a pressing need to safely emerge from lockdown and get people back to the workplace.

Fit2Work helps restore confidence – both for employees, who know their employer is taking action, and for customers who can be confident about the health status of anyone visiting.

There’s no time to lose.  Steve Blaydon, Business Process Manager at Miniclipper Logistics said,

“Riskex has provided MiniClipper Logistics with their free AssessNET Covid-19 Health Assessment module.
It is proving to be a very useful tool indeed.
So easy to use, great status dashboard, user friendly
with a quick and simple process to follow.”

 

Use Fit2Work yourself

Don’t delay!  For more information, and to sign up for full access:

<< Click to use Fit2Work yourself – it’s free! >>

 

 

BBC News has featured Riskex’s ground-breaking solution to help UK business back to work.  Speaking to James Sharp, CTO at Riskex, the TV report showed the tool’s questionnaire to gather information about employees’ health, with results displayed in a management dashboard.

With movement restrictions being lifted, the BBC also discussed the safety processes firms are using to prepare their workplaces.  Hazel Scanlon, Director at cleaning firm, SMS, explained how premises are fogged with anti-viral products, and the need for a schedule of ongoing cleaning.

Riskex has used SMS’s services for several years, and provided their free health assessment tool to help keep the SMS workforce safe during their front-line activities.

Free to Everyone

The tool has been made free to all UK organisations by Riskex, as their way of contributing to the UK’s efforts to get back to work and support the economy.  This has been made possible by sponsorship by Rackspace, one of the world’s leading hosting providers, supplying Riskex with the servers and bandwidth necessary.

Coming out of Lockdown

Any UK organisation can sign up and use this tool, as part of their strategy to return to the workplace.  This is key to organisations who have staff who cannot work from home and are emerging from lockdown.  It’s also a vital tool for those who can work from home – anyone either working, or on furlough is separated from management supervision, so this tool maintains contact and support.

Use our COVID-19 Health Assessment Module yourself

Don’t delay!  Use this link to sign up, and for more information:

<< Click for Free COVID-19 Health Assessment Module >>

 

Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo announced today that sadly a crew member has died on board Marella Dream (TUI), currently at anchor in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW).

The crew member had reportedly been on board for more than 28 days, and it was claimed to be unlikely that he was infected.  However, he was was showing signs of COVID-19, and tests are underway.   If it is found that COVID-19 was the cause, there may be others on board that have also been infected.  Acting on public health advice, the Gibraltar government are not allowing the body to be disembarked, and will be asking the vessel to leave BGTW.

 

 

The world has changed, and all of us are having to adapt and readjust to new ways of living and working now we are faced with COVID-19 reality. It’s likely that increasing numbers will be working from home (WFH), so this will challenge business leaders and managers in new ways too.

At Riskex, we have set up systems in preparation to help our team continue to be productive and empowered when they are WFH. Our clients will still need our services, AssessNET will still function 24/7, and we are grateful for our team pulling together to do whatever it takes.

We realise that there are some job functions that cannot be done anywhere other than on-site. Also, everyone’s home circumstances and challenges will vary, particularly if you have young children around. Fortunately, many people will be able to continue their job, so here are some tips for successful WFH – feel free to share and help us all keep the business community wheels turning.


Claim a space
Just as you have a designated area at work, find somewhere at home where you can set up an efficient flowing workspace. Psychologically, this will be very important, and you might want to choose somewhere that you can close a door on the rest of your family or housemates. Avoid using your bed, instead try to find a table where you can create a desk area that you keep tidy and clear away as you finish, so that it is fresh and inviting the next day.


Watch your posture
Health and safety matters everywhere, even at home. Ideally, to comply with DSE (Display Screen Equipment) guidance, your desk should have a monitor connected to your laptop, a keyboard and mouse – rather than using your laptop screen.

If you don’t have a monitor, then you could use your laptop screen raised up to the correct height on a pile of books, with a keyboard and mouse attached.

Your posture and DSE use are important wherever you work, so if you are able to, invest in a good office chair. If you can’t do this, an upright chair will help you have the right mindset. Make sure you are sitting back in it, fully supported, and be aware of your spine’s posture. If it has a wooden back and it’s uncomfortable, drape a soft folded blanket over the back to make it easier to sit for long periods.

If you don’t have access to a table and chair, then choose a space (other than your bed, which is very poor for posture) and try using a food tray, or padded lap desk to support your laptop on your knees.


Stick to a routine
This is really important for successful WFH. You might find it helpful to start with fresh air, by having a “commute” – take a short brisk walk early in the day, as if you have gone to work, and feel invigorated when you sit down to start work. Bear in mind that if the Coronavirus crisis deepens, you may be confined to your home, as we have seen in Spain.

Make sure you start your day early and stick to a schedule. It’s important to tell everyone in your household to leave you alone. This might be challenging with children around, so accept that there will be distractions. Try to minimise these and design a timetable where you can dedicate chunks of time to others but focus the majority on your work. Focus on urgent tasks first, knowing that distractions may happen later in the day.


Use the right tools for success
Use online collaborative working tools to keep in contact with your colleagues. At Riskex, we use Teams, Jira and Trello as key tools to constantly communicate and keep projects on track. There are many other options out there – take a look at this page for more: https://techagainstcoronavirus.com/?fbclid=IwAR2S7Ie5PXT_cgfOvP2OE9FNAlXjWBhD3t6Blq8RVYq4-i2nmVry_vh1NNM

This is a challenging time for anyone who has not worked from home before, and it can feel isolating not being able to interact around the office. Find ways of keeping your communication channels open and inclusive. Design reporting documents that can be updated in real-time, so that everyone knows the status of projects.

Organise online meetings for key team members. At Riskex, we “meet” online at the start and end of each day, as well as any other times that might be necessary. Make sure all members of your team know they are supported and being heard, to keep the motivation going.

Regarding your schedule and avoiding interruptions from people at home, if you have an important online call coming up, let everyone know in advance, and make sure you have a quiet space to do this. Noise-cancelling headphones can be invaluable.


Have regular breaks
Productivity levels and your health and safety are both priorities, and short breaks will help your mental wellbeing. During your breaks, avoid the temptation to check social media or TV as these can quickly spiral into much longer times away from work.

Set an alarm on your phone – try working for 25 minutes and then having a 5-minute break to stretch, do some deep breathing, arm circling etc. Another format is to work for 60-90 minutes and then have a 15-minute break, take some fresh air, or make a hot drink and use the time for “brain-space”.


Schedule a proper lunch break
Just as you would do at work, make a scheduled break away from your work to eat a healthy and nutritious meal, and focus on enjoying it. If there are others at home with you, enjoy the social interaction, and give your brain and eyes time away from computers and devices. If it’s possible, go for a walk and get some fresh air, while observing hygiene and social distancing advice while you are out.

If you’re on your own, now is a good time to call family or friends. Make sure you focus on your wellbeing and mental health and take steps to avoid feeling disconnected or lonely. Working at home alone can feel isolated, so you might find a radio station playing quietly in the background very helpful to break the silence.


Accept that distractions may happen
When working from home, particularly when there are others home too, it can be easy to be distracted, and this will be unavoidable – but you can set boundaries to limit it. Young children can be kept within your eye-line, maybe in a play pen or in front of the TV. Older children should be taught that there is a “no-interruption rule” and agree under what circumstances this can be broken.

As for the temptation to catch up with chores while you are WFH, you’ll need the self-discipline to stick to your work schedule. Agree with yourself that if you were at work you wouldn’t be able to do them, so they will have to wait until you have finished your workday.


Make sure you stop
The temptation can be to carry on working into the evening, and this may not be good for your mental wellbeing in the long term. Decide on a time to finish work and stick to it – find a convenient place to pause in a task so that you can easily pick it up again the next day. Make a definite disconnect from your work, tidy your work area and leave it behind until tomorrow.

And just as you started with an invigorating walk in the morning, if it’s possible, have another walk to finish your day, clear your head and plan what you will do to relax in the evening. Switch off your work devices, unless there are operational reasons for you to be “on-call”, and focus your mind on other things.


To sum it all up
The business challenges the world is facing mean we all have to adapt and be creative. The pandemic doesn’t mean that life has to grind to a halt. With the right mindset, and taking sensible steps to maintain health, safety and wellbeing, working from home means businesses can support one another. We need to pull together to survive this, so please share this page to help others meet the challenge.

To download a PDF version of this page to share with your colleagues, family or friends, visit the following link:  https://www.riskex.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-working-from-home-WFH.pdf

Best wishes and good health – Mark Delo CEO at Riskex Ltd

Riskex is delighted to announce that we have been successful in being recertified to ISO 27001, the critically important Information Security Management standard. We would like to thank UKAS accredited certification body, BSI for coming in to audit our company and to monitor our ISO 9001 quality management system at the same time.

This is great news for Riskex customers because it means that we have been formally audited and certified compliant with the standard. ISO 27001 is the de facto international standard and our UKAS certificate demonstrates our clear commitment to Information Security Management.

About BSI:
Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and over a century later is globally recognized as champions of best practice. BSI is responsible for originating many of the world’s most commonly used management systems standards and publishes over 2,700 standards annually.

About UKAS:
UKAS is the UK’s National Accreditation Body, responsible for determining, in the public interest, the technical competence and integrity of organisations such as those offering testing, calibration and certification services.

We’d like to thank Chelsey, daughter of our CTO James Sharp for choosing to spend the day with us as part of her school’s work experience programme, “Bring Your Child To Work Day”. James began working with our CEO, Mark Delo, when he was just 19, literally building the company and AssessNET from the ground up. Mark, who is Chelsey’s godfather, is keen to support young people and career growth. Riskex has supported Chelsey, a talented and tournament-winning golfer, through sponsorship over several years.

At the end of her day shadowing members of the Riskex team, Chelsey told us, “I really enjoyed seeing the product demonstrations and learning more about how AssessNET helps companies. It was really interesting to see where Dad works and find out about what it’s like to work in an office.”

Chelsey is just one of a number of young people Riskex is supporting – over half our workforce started as apprentices with us, and we continue to invest strongly in apprenticeship schemes.

James and Chelsey