Coronavirus – Health & Safety Measures We are Taking at IKS Locksmiths
As traders carrying out emergency work at homes and business in London, we have a responsibility to take precautions against the spread of Covid-19.
The Latest Official Advice on Coronavirus
Keeping abreast of the latest health and safety advice from Public Health England (PHE) and The World Health organisation (WHO) is top priority.
Our customers can be assured that we are keeping up to date with the latest health safety guidelines. We are continually reassessing appropriate risk control measures in workplace. Many of our customers fall into the vulnerable category for age or health reasons, making it vital that we do everything we can to protect these people from risk.
For the latest official advice on Coronavirus follow these links;
- The NHS (The National Health Service)
- The HSE (Health and Safety Executive)
- The WHO (World Health Organisation)
Avoid reading advice on Covid-19 from unofficial sources. We are not experts. In this post we are simply sharing the steps that we believe are responsible steps to take as tradespeople.
How to Prevent Coronavirus – Steps Tradespeople Should Take
If a trades person is coming into your home or workplace at this time you should not be scared to ask for reassurance as to the steps that are taking to prevent the spread of the virus.
If you want to ask someone to wash their hands before carrying out work do it!
Health & Safety Steps we are taking at IKS Locksmiths at this point in time are;
- Wiping hands with antibacterial wipes before arrival at a customer’s property
- Wearing shoe covers
- Asking if we can wash hands with soap and water on arrival at a customer’s property
- Wearing disposable gloves
- Wiping the area that we have been working on with antibacterial wipes on completion of a job
- Disposing of gloves in a plastic bag in the van.
- Wiping tools and card machines with sterile wipes after leaving a customer’s property
- Asking if we can wash hands with soap and water on completion of a job at a customer’s property or using antibacterial wipes to clean hands
- Limiting unnecessary contact where possible
This may change and be updated depending on the official advice.
When choosing a locksmith to carry out work at your property be aware that the industry in not regulated and it is important to choose a reputable approved locksmith. You can read here about how to choose a locksmith with care for your safety. These are uncertain times and caution is key to keeping us safe and healthy.
The Importance of Health and Safety for Customers Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic
Health and safety for customers should always be top priority for any trades person. This is particularly important currently. It is important that we do what we can to put our customers minds at rest and be understanding of the levels of fear and anxiety that so many are experiencing.
Health and Safety Advice for Small Businesses
As a self-employed locksmith I take health and safety measures very seriously. It has always been a priority for me to maintain health and immunity by;
- Eating healthily
- Getting Fresh Air
- Exercising regularly
- Keeping stress levels in check
- Not over working
- Getting enough sleep
Making health and well-being a priority for all IKS Locksmiths employees allows us to keep productivity and efficiency at optimum levels and to ensure customers are satisfied with the service they receive.
Side Effects of the Coronavirus on Locksmiths
It is hard to predict what the long term affects of the virus will be on different businesses. What I have noticed as an individual is the extreme reactions produced by uncertainty and fear. Ranging from wanting to capitalise on the situation to an outpouring of empathy and care to others in the community. Where I live there is a great sense of working together as a community to provide supporty to the vulnerable and on the other hand, I have heard stories about others taking advantage of people who are feeling anxious and looking for answers.
Take extra care with security and who you are opening the door to. If you do need an emergency locksmith, please choose with care. If you need an MLA approved emergency locksmith in North London, we are operating a 24/7 service, call us.