NPTA UPDATES due to Covid-19
To all Members of the NPTA,
We are all having to deal with pressures concerning the Corona Virus outbreak, the team here are still at the office supporting members on a daily basis.
If you need advice or just need another opinion please ring us.
We have followed Government Guidelines and Postponed all Meetings and Training for the foreseeable future! Please keep an eye on the website for further developments.
The AGM on 25th March has also been cancelled and will be reshedulled at a later date.
Latest Government Measures on Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need To Do
Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
For “Full guidance on staying at home and away from others” – Click Here
By reducing day-to-day contact with other people, the spread of the infection will be considerably reduced. This is the underlying reason why the government has introduced three new measures on the 23rd March 2020, with immediate effect:
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
- Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
Advice given by Public Health England concerning the virus is :
- The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
- Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
- To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
- At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.
You are all Pest Professionals and carry out risk assessments on a daily Basis, Part of those risk assessments must now include Corona Virus risks?
- Is the visit vital during the current crisis? Is there a public Health issue to consider?
- Is there any advice regarding proofing?
- Can the client take pictures and send to you of what they have found?
- Are there any persons present who are self-isolating?
- Are there persons present who have the symptons?
- Have you considered contacting the client before the visit and is there a need for them to be present?
- PPE requirements and subsequent disposal?
- Are you showing symptoms of the Virus or are you or any of your staff in the high risk Group?
- This is your Decision when you have looked at the risks associated with each treatment as to whether you provide the service required. The NPTA cannot make them for you.
Please see the below internet links to help you keep informed of developments going forward and keep an eye on our Website and also Social media pages.
Time to pay arrangement for outstanding tax liabilities
As you will appreciate, new details are emerging daily and we will keep you updated if and when we hear anything that affects the industry going forward.
Please let us know if you have any queries and we will do our best to find the answers you need.
Chief Operating Officer