5 June 2020
This week, the Institute moved into a new phase of its coronavirus response plan, allowing a restricted return to work for some staff as a first step of ramping up its research activities. The Institute is committed to providing a safe place of work, achieved through COVID-19 Secure risk assessments, social distancing and good hygiene practices. Phase 4 will be made up of sub-phases in order to allow appropriate responses to the UK's move out of lockdown before the Institute returns to normal operations.
In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Institute continues to follow government guidance to minimise social contact and its plan includes making provision for longer term disruptions. As an employer, the Institute has a legal responsibility to protect workers and others from risk to their health and safety. This means we need to think about the risks our staff and associates face from COVID-19 and do everything practicable to minimise them, whilst recognising that we cannot completely eliminate the risk of COVID 19. The Institute displays the COVID-19 Secure certificate in accordance with government requirements.
We have conducted a thorough COVID-19 Secure Risk Assessment, using the government's lab-specific guidance to inform our decisions and control measures. This has allowed us to put in place appropriate arrangements to allow Institute staff and associates, as well as customers and suppliers (where applicable), to return to work safely in a phased manner.
The Institute has considered and put in place control measures for the following key risks:
Individual departments within the Institute are maintaining their own risk assessment underneath the Institute's overarching COVID-19 Secure Risk Assessment and guidance on control measures. Department risk assessments have been conducted by nominated Health and Safety coordinators in conjunction with the departments and groups they support.
The Institute continues to comply with its existing obligations under Health and Safety, Employment and Equality law.
The previous phase of the Institute’s response focused on completing and undertaking essential work, including new COVID-19-related research, plus required maintenance of core support and services. This phase was completed successfully thanks to the collaborative working of many different teams across the Institute, including but not limited to: researchers performing critical experiments, technical services staff, members of the Institute’s core scientific services, the technicians and staff of the Institute’s animal facility, who ensured animal welfare was unaffected, the Institute’s operational teams and the Institute’s Nursery staff who provided childcare support to key workers.
This information will continue to be updated as the Institute follows its business continuity planning.
News: The Babraham Institute's contribution to the COVID-19 response. 6 May 2020
News: Institute's response to the coronavirus pandemic. 19 March 2020
05 June 2020