Given the concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19) before you set off to complete an essential check, read our guide to find out more about what jobs will be available and how to stay safe when doing essential checks: https://shepper.com/a-shepherd-guide-to-keeping-safe-during-essential-checks/

How to stay safe when doing essential checks:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Keep to social distancing rules
  3. Avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes
  4. Don’t go out if you feel unwell or if you’re vulnerable
  5. Plan and prepare
  6. Avoid public transport
  7. Wear a mask inside buildings or on public transport

We encourage you to follow these recommendations at all times:

Keep up to date. Read the most recent advice from an official source such as the World Health Organization, official government website or National Healthcare website such as NHS.

If you feel sick, stay at home. If you are unwell please cancel your job. You will not receive a strike if you cancel because you’re unwell.
If you have a mild illness, respiratory symptoms, or have a fever (38 C or 100.4 F or above), stay home and keep away from others. If your symptoms get worse, call your doctor or emergency services.

Wash your hands frequently. Wash your hands with liquid soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to disinfect your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover your cough or sneeze. Use a tissue to cover your cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash, then wash your hands. If you don't have a tissue within reach, cough or sneeze into your elbow.

As always, if you feel uncomfortable picking up a job for safety reasons, you can choose not to accept or cancel the job if you have already accepted or started.

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