We’ve been busy over the last few months preparing to re-open our buildings and make them covid-secure.
Returning buildings to operation is a complex process, involving numerous teams and is governed by health and safety legislation. Whilst this isn’t a linear process the information below outlines the various stages we need to go through to ensure a building is safe to occupy.
- Technical compliance: Includes fires and smoke checks, electrical compliance, lifts, mechanical equipment tests. This usually takes around four weeks.
- Water compliance: Includes water quality testing and water hygiene (legionella) testing. This usually takes between three and six weeks. Find out what happens if a water test fails.
- Health and safety measures: Covid-19 compliance including installation of social distancing signage, hand sanitiser dispensers stations.
- Building cleaning: Thorough clean and service of buildings.
- Final sign-off: Following the completion of health and safety checks and a visit from the Trade Union each building is signed off by the Re-entry Steering Group.
The Estates and Facilities Services have been crucial at every stage of the process.
Len Wilson, Deputy Director of Estates (Capital): ‘Ensuring our buildings are safe and secure in line with Public Health Guidelines has been a significant team effort. Services from Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Estates and Facilities and colleagues from specific Schools and Faculties have all come together to ensure our buildings are safe for when our staff and students return. It has been a lengthy and complex process but we can reassure those staff and students returning to campus that our open buildings are safe.’
The majority of staff are still working from home with a lot of teaching being delivered online. Learn more about how the University is reopening buildings.