Health & Safety: Covid Risk Assessment
Covid-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called Coronavirus. Symptoms can be mild, moderate, severe or fatal.
As an OOSS, Monarch Studios Ltd. receives it’s guidance from the Department for Education: Protective measures for out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
Monarch Studios continues to follow the guidance from Public Health England.
What are the hazards?
Spread of Covid-19, Coronavirus
Who might be harmed?
Vulnerable groups – Those with existing underlying health conditions Anyone else
who physically comes in contact with the studio or club
Controls Required and Additional Controls: Hand Washing
Hand washing facilities with soap and water available to all students and teachers. All teachers and students will wash hands prior to the start of a lesson following government hand washing procedures:
Drying of hands with disposable paper towels. Gel sanitizers in any area where washing facilities not readily available and prior to and following any physical contact with others (i.e. spotting dancers)
Frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly particularly in areas of high use such as door handles, barres, light switches, reception area using appropriate cleaning products and methods when working indoors in the studio.
Reducing the number of students in a class in order to comply with the 2-metre gap recommended by the Public Health Agency or 1-metre plus mitigations (frequent hand washing and disinfecting surfaces)
In situations where it is not possible to socially distance for example, between younger dancers, who will find preserving consistent distance more challenging, or for competitive dancers who are learning choreography with fleeting but not sustained contact we implement the other protective measures such as frequent cleaning and hand-washing.
Creation of bubble groups of no more than 15 dancers to ensure controls are being maintained in the event of an outbreak so that the outbreak is contained.
Sectioning of studio with markings placed at least 2-metres apart or 1-metre plus mitigations for centre work
Sectioning of studio with markings placed at least 2-metres apart or 1-metre plus mitigations to accommodate travelling across the floor
Sectioning of studio with markings placed at least 2-metres apart to accommodate barre work
Floor markings in corridor placed at least 2-metres apart for queuing prior to the start of a class
Staggering class times to reduce large gatherings between classes
Enforcing one-way entrance and exit procedures
Symptoms of Covid-19
If an instructor becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature, their classes will be cancelled and they will be advised to follow the stay at home guidance. We ask that if any students become unwell with a new continuous cough or high temperature that they do not attend class and follow the stay at home guidance. If advised that a member of staff or public has developed Covid-19 and were recently on our premises, the management team will contact the Public Health England to discuss the case, identify people who have been in contact with them and will take advice on any actions or precautions that should be taken.