UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON SCIENCE PARK: Coronavirus (COVID 19) update
In light of the developing situation with regard to Coronavirus, we wish to provide tenants and their employees with an update on the situation regarding Science Park activities and responses.
Guidance on the use of face coverings at UoWSP
Chief medical officers’ have announced that the coronavirus alert level be raised from 3 to 4., meaning the transmission of the virus is “high or rising exponentially”, can we please remind all tenants that the wearing of face coverings in communal areas and circulation spaces is now mandatory across the science park. Read more on this HERE
Social Distancing Procedures
The short animation below shows some of the measures that have been implemented to safeguard tenants, staff and visitors to UoWSP
Please find the link below to the Social Distancing briefing / induction document , applied from Monday 20th July.
Please circulate this to all your staff so they are aware of the revised procedures and ensure that any staff or visitors invited to site are made aware of the contents, in particular that no one should enter the site if they are showing signs / symptoms of coronavirus Covid-19.
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This dedicated webpage to Coronavirus has been set up to provide a single point of information on the matter. This will be updated as necessary and should be the initial point for obtaining further information relating to Coronavirus and the Science Park.
A dedicated e-mail address, email@example.com has been set up for receiving any Coronavirus related queries that cannot be answered by the information available here. We may issue notifications from this e-mail address in the future and as such can you please ensure this is added to your contacts list to prevent any over-zealous spam filters routing messages to your junk/spam mail folder.
Cleaning regimes have been amended to include wiping corridor and office door handles every day with anti-bacterial wipes; one wipe will be used per door.
Science Park First Aiders have received additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the event they are required to deliver CPR etc.
All toilets areas have had additional prevention measure signage fitted.
Stand-alone hand sanitiser stations are on order and will be placed in each reception area.
The University of Wolverhampton Conferencing Deprtment is following Government guidelines, to ensure the safety of all University staff, students and visitors, therefore, there will not be any new meeting room and accommodation bookings taken until 30th September 2020, please contact Customer helpline: firstname.lastname@example.org 01902 321531 for more information.
How are developments monitored?
As a subsidiary company of the University of Wolverhampton, we act and follow where applicable their generic advice and guidance. They have a generic webpage: www.wlv.ac.uk/coronavirus where the current position for the University and any actions they are taking will be published. This is our main source of reference and includes FAQs, prevention and travel advice, etc.
The University has set up a Planning Team from across the University and this is meeting twice weekly to discuss the situation and the current advice from Public Health England; they are also engaging with local organisations and resilience forums to gauge best practice and ensure responses are aligned to local, regional and national practice. Science Park management are included in this team. The Planning Team will coordinate the University’s response as the situation develops. Its priorities are to protect the health of members of the University community, of which the Science Park is part.
What is happening next?
Tenant companies are going to be asked to update/confirm their contact details to ensure any future communications on the matter are routed to the correct contact points in each company. Can you please ensure this request is responded to as soon as possible once it is received.
Business Continuity plans are being reviewed in light of the specific Coronavirus outbreak, including deep cleaning processes.
At present there are no plans to cancel future bookings for use of the large auditorium in Technology Centre, although the situation is being monitored.
What should tenants do if their staff are quarantined or ill?
If a tenant company has a member(s) of staff that are being quarantined or actually ill due to Coronavirus then they need to inform the Science Park management team immediately using email@example.com and also calling the Facilities Information Hub on 01902 32 1253. This is important as the tenant has a duty of care obligation to any Science Park staff that might enter a potentially contaminated space, and the Science Park has a similar duty of care to advise other tenants in the vicinity.
Information required to be recorded will be:
- Tenant company name
- Building and room number
- Name of person reporting on behalf of tenant company
- Time and date of call reporting
- Name of staff member(s) quarantined or ill
- Are the staff member(s) exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19?
- What have the staff member(s) been advised to do by 111 and the timescales for this?
- Has the staff member(s) been in contact with someone who has been tested as positive for COVID-19 or someone who is being tested and awaiting results?
- Date and time when staff member(s) were last at the Science Park and what areas did they visit?
Depending upon the information above it may be necessary to arrange for a deep clean of the specific area and associated communal areas.
More information from the NHS on the current status can be found here