National STEM Learning Centre: COVID-19 risk assessment outcomes

A full risk assessment for both staff and visitors to the National STEM Learning Centre has been carried out and below is a summary of the significant findings and control measures in place:
  • Movement around the building will be controlled to minimise mixing of people
  • Social distancing will be maintained to 2 metres or, where required, 1 metre with additional precautions
  • Meeting spaces will be used with low numbers so that social distancing can be observed and remote meetings used in preference where available
  • Entry to building has minimal social contact, including for collecting accommodation keys, etc.
  • Participants on courses will be encouraged to avoid public transport – parking (fee applies) will be available for the duration of courses
  • Additional bicycle storage has been made available
  • Food and rest breaks will be staggered for course participants
  • Increased cleaning of high-traffic areas and touch surfaces with disinfectant-detergent solutions
  • Additional cleaning during the day of handrails, door plates, taps, light switches, toilet flushes, coffee machines, table tops and other frequently touched surfaces.
  • En-suite guest accommodation bedrooms will be cleaned when participants are not present - all surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and non-essential items will be removed from the accommodation.
  • Restaurant facilities will be open for guests but self-service function will be disabled
  • Teaching spaces and equipment, including laboratories and iPads, will have additional cleaning of surfaces between uses
  • Personal hygiene will be encouraged with hand sanitising stations at entries to the building. Additional handwashing facilities will be provided in laboratory spaces
  • The wearing of face coverings will be required for all participants and facilitators during all course sessions.  Standard disposable face masks will be available for all, and participants can bring their own face coverings if they wish.
  • For practical courses, individual sanitised PPE (such as safety spectacles, goggles and lab coats) will be provided, along with disposable non-latex gloves where appropriate
  • Arrangements will be made for isolation of any member of staff or participant who shows signs of illness, until they are able to return home
  • Participants on courses will be required to give contact details specifically for track and trace purposes, which will be securely held for up to 21 days, as required by UK Government guidance
Further information is available on request and, for course participants, detailed information will be provided in the joining instructions for the course.