Our Coronavirus H&S Policy

John Greed Jewellery Limited and John Greed Retail limited are committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all employees. This document describes the measures we have put in place to protect our employees from the risks from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak whilst at work.
On 23 March 2020, the Government announced more stringent measures on travel and social distancing;

You should now only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  1. Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible;
  2. One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;
  3. Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
  4. Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

We shut both our Retail Stores in Lincoln on the 22nd March before the Government lockdown on the 23rd March to ensure that our retail employees and workers immediately reduced their contact and risk of infection.

Currently our Online business is not listed as one that has been ordered to close. As a result, we have remained open, but the majority of our employees at our online business now work from home and have been doing so since 16th March before the Government lockdown on the 23rd March.

If it hasn’t been possible for our staff to work from home, (mainly our warehouse staff which consists of no more than 10 people), our employees are permitted to attend work at this current time. However we have introduced strict rules to ensure infection control so as to keep our staff safe. These rules are based on guidelines and best practise as promoted by Public Health England, the NHS and the World Health Organisation. They have been discussed with our staff and are on display around our workplace. The enforcement and management of these rules are carried out daily by a Director who is present in the workplace.

They are as follows:

  • Temperature checks on entry to the warehouse to be carried out every morning
  • No personal items including food are allowed into the warehouse
  • Work spaces are at least 2 metres apart
  • Nobody shares work spaces
  • Everyone must keep at least 2 metres apart from work colleagues
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue, throw the tissue away immediately and wash or sanitise your hands
  • Hand sanitiser at every entrance is supplied and available within the warehouse. All staff required to hand sanitise before entering the warehouse
  • Face masks are supplied and wearing them is mandatory at all times
  • Within the break/rest area all seating has a two metre separation and all staff are required to hand sanitise before entering / exiting and sanitise their rest area after use
  • All communal crockery and cutlery has been removed
  • All printers, workspaces, keyboards, mice, all handles, desks, are sanitised twice daily
  • All new stock deliveries and goods in are quarantined for at least 72 hours
  • Health and Safety enforcement checks done at least twice a day
  • If any employee starts to feel unwell at work they must notify their Line Manager immediately for further instructions
  • If any employee or any of their family members feel unwell then they must not attend work and must notify their Line Manager and HR for further instructions.

In addition we have also given our employees extensive guidance and advice on the following topics:

  • What to do if you contract the virus or believe you have
  • Self-isolation
  • Homeworking
  • Emergency dependant leave
  • Sending you home or requiring you not to attend work
  • Temporary business closure, furlough and lay-off

Like everyone else we are committed to continually monitoring and reviewing this evolving situation so as to ensure our staff’s wellbeing and safety.