Covid- 19 Risk Assessment
Massage & Movement (18/04/2021)
Venue Manager / Owner
has overall responsibility for health and safety of the venue
Julie Linton and venue manager
has day-to-day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice
Covid-19 risk assessment for returning to face to face treatments. NB –‘visitors’ refers to attending clients
Potential Risks / Activities and Actions
Pre-Returning to face to face treatments
Assured able to work by government and professional association 12th April 2021 ✓
Balens insurance contacted April 2021✓
GCMT / MTI guidelines checked April 2021 ✓
Clients (current and new) to be kept informed on changes in regulations and how this will affect treatment delivery i.e. pre treatment covid screening, consultation via phone or video conference. ✓
All PPE and equipment needed for return to face-to-face treatments purchased✓
Where appropriate, all soft furnishings, non-essential fixtures removed from treatment room ✓
– Regularly monitor government and professional association guidelines. Risk of changing restrictions in national and local areas.
Clients/Patients – entry, exit, treatment area and bathroom
All patients advised to leave jewelry, including watches at home.
All asked to leave all non-essentials such as heavy coats, food etc. secure in their car.
Use of lateral flow tests prior to treatment is optional for patients
Appointments will be booked with a minimum of a 30 minute interval to avoid cross over of patients entering/leaving the building and allow ventilation of room
Windows open during treatment for ventilation.
Therapist will change to clean workwear for each patient
Therapist will set up treatment room prior to patient attending. ie. massage table, chair covered with couch roll, patient dedicated storage box for belongings, PPE, massage equipment, dedicated pedal bins, cleanse room and frequently touched surfaces and log).
Patients will don a type IIR face covering, have temperature taken remotely, scan the track and trace poster and proceed directly to their chair.
At the end of the treatment session therapists workwear, and patient drapes will be placed in a sealed bag and left for 3 days before washing at a high temperature
Bathroom facilities are maintained by Therapist and cleaning equipment is available to use at each visit. Dedicated pedal bin provided for used wipes and laundry.
Consumption of food (exception to those that evidence a medical condition requiring consumption of food) and use of mobile phones (unless incase of emergency or care provider) is prohibited in the treatment environment.
Laminated signs will be displayed for NHS hand washing guidelines, track and trace QR poster for scanning. These will be cleansed at the beginning and end of each treatment session.
– Print and laminate signage ✓
Treatment and safe practice
Patients will have access to dedicated bathroom for hand washing.
Therapist will minimize time spent in face area according to professional association and government guidelines
Therapist will wear full PPE i.e. visor/goggles, gloves, type IIR face mask, unless treatment requires change i.e. no gloves. Rationale for this will be recorded in patient clinic notes and agrees by patient.
All PPE except mask ( visor optional), to be placed in dedicated pedal bin.
Visors to be wiped with antibac cleanser
Wash hands – in accordance with donning and doffing PPE.
Action plan: continue to monitor government and association guidelines for treatments and safe practice.
Covid-19 considerations for treatments
People with the following health conditions are considered a Covid-19 red flag and may require GP consent to treat ( consider the impact on GPs time in this situation). Note rationale in patient clinic notes for action taken. i.e. treat, not to treat, referral for permission to treat. p
Those shielding vulnerable family members, frontline NHS staff, carer and those who have been in contact with anyone suffering from Covid 19
Anyone currently receiving treatment for cancer, suffering lung conditions or is post operative
Experiencing post covid 19 circulatory complications (DVT, micro-embolisms, stroke symptoms or pulmonary embolism). This is important consideration as post covid blood coagulation problems can be experienced.
Aged 70 years or above
Heart or respiratory conditions
Suppressed immune systems
BMI over 39