The NHS recently set out a series of guidelines on how to stay safe and slow the spread of the coronavirus, so to help ensure you stay safe while working and offering trades services, we’ve put together this overview of tips.
Keep in mind that if you are feeling unwell at any point and if you have any symptoms of the coronavirus – or if you are living with someone who has symptoms you must stay home. The NHS has outlined this advice for self-isolating.
If you are in need of financial resource as a self-employed professional during the coronavirus see this article for more information.
If you and everyone in your household is feeling well then follow these tips to keep you and your customers safe when offering trades services.
- Clearly communicate with the customer about the timing of the job, your wellness, and inquire about their wellness ahead of time
- Should you need to cancel a job or delay it for a period of time let customers know as soon as you can to keep everyone informed
- Find out if there are any preparations which can be taken care of before your arrival to minimise contact such as clearing out a room for interior painting, placing any furniture for assembly in a separate room, or gathering rubbish such as old furniture or appliances for removal by the door
- Ask the customer if there are any safety precautions they would appreciate, like wearing a mask while you’re working – you can also mention the safety precautions you take in your profile description or bid message
- Prepare lunch and any beverages to take with you before you leave home, so you can use your own cups and containers
- Bring hand sanitiser with you, in case you won’t be able to wash your hands frequently while you’re out
- Carry a garbage bag and tissues to minimise germs if you need to sneeze. Then wash your hands right afterwards
Staying Safe on The Job
- Keep a 2-metre distance from customers
- Regularly wash your hands with soap for 20 to 30 seconds
- Use hand-sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, and mouth) if you haven’t washed your hands
- If you are driving to and from the job, sanitise frequently touched surfaces like the steering wheel and car door handles
- Wash your hands again when you get home after the job is complete
Had an inquiry about working for a customer who is isolating? Contact Public Health England for advice on how to carry out emergency plumbing or repairs.
Keeping Business Running Smoothly
For more information on how to keep your business running smoothly read through these resources or visit our Coronavirus Information & Support page.
- Coronavirus Aid If You’re Self Employed
- Tips For Managing Your Business During These Uncertain Times
- Tips for Offering Your Services Remotely
In this ever-changing environment, we always encourage everyone to follow up to date advice from the government which you can find here.