In response to the COVID-19 virus, the following Policy Document has been made.
The ERF’s main priority as an organisation is the health and wellbeing of our staff and members. Please pass this document onto any colleagues likely to attend any ERF events, education programmes or ERF Skillnet workshops / training days.
In light of the risk posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the ERF have taken a number of measures to address this.
All ERF staff have been advised on actions to take in line with HSE guidance, in terms of hygiene practices and safety measures.
Equally, all our event and education locations have been checked and are also following HSE protocols. All event locations are displaying the appropriate signage around public areas plus have hand sanitisers available in /outside all the meeting rooms, at reception / lobbies / public areas etc.
All event rooms / public locations have a policy to wipe all keyboards, desk, door handles etc. with antibacterial wipes on a regular daily schedule.
The ERF has assessed our own programme of events and we can confirm at this time that we anticipate no disruption to our schedule given the current parameters. If this changes for any reason, we will be sure to notify you promptly.
However, we must also consider what may need to happen if an attendee should test positive for the coronavirus. In such a situation, the health authorities would need to be able to trace close contacts - In order to do so, it may be necessary for the ERF to supply contact details for those who attended.
Finally, we would ask that if you are displaying cold or flu symptoms, or if you have recently travelled from an area of sustained community transmission, you do not attend our events. We would ask all our members to use good sense and follow good hygiene protocols in consideration of others.
Geraldine King (CEO-ERF) & the ERF Team