Advice for staff and visitors
Coronavirus COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus
Imtex Controls Ltd advice in accordance with the latest UK Government guidelines.
Please note, as at 7-July 2020, there are no known cases of coronavirus linked to Imtex Controls Ltd, but we remain vigilant and prepared should the situation change. The company remains fully operational, and we would like to reassure staff and visitors that we are continually monitoring the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19. Hand sanitation points are installed at all Imtex locations including public spaces, factory & office areas, eating areas and toilets.
Following are top tips to stay healthy:
1. Wash your hands. If you touch a contaminated surface your hand picks up the virus. Even then you
can eliminate the risk of infection if you wash your hands properly. Do this frequently, particularly
before eating or after hands may have been contaminated; the Government advice is for at least 20
seconds or equivalent to repeat ‘happy birthday’ twice is a good way to wash for long enough.
2. Alcohol based hand-rubs can substitute when hand washing is not available. Infected people may
cough, sneeze or breathe out the virus that can contaminate exposed surfaces and be moved around
on our hands.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. These areas are most vulnerable to infection. As far as
we know, infections are only transmitted when the virus contacts the mouth nose or eyes, or is
4. When phones are exposed, they can be contaminated. Wiping down any phone you use with an
alcohol based wipe will help eliminate contamination.
5. Avoiding handshakes will reduce your risk – stick to fist or elbow bumps instead. Masks can stop you
touching your nose and mouth but have little effect on breathing in virus unless specially designed.
Symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature
shortness of breath
PLEASE NOTE these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
Travel advice to consider Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, exempting destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers.
These exemptions came into effect on 4 July. All advice will remain under constant review to take into account the latest situation in each country. These countries have been assessed as no longer presenting an unacceptably high risk to British people travelling abroad. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice is based on risks to British nationals, including in-country public health assessments.
The global coronavirus pandemic is ongoing. No travel is risk-free, and disruption is still possible. If you plan to travel:
- read the coronavirus travel guidance to make sure you are prepared for your travel
- read the Travel Advice for your destination, for information on current entry requirements and any local coronavirus measures that you will need to follow
Exempt countries and territories
The FCO continues to advise against non-essential international travel, except to the countries and territories listed below. This list of exempted countries is based on FCO advice from assessing the risk of travelling to specific countries. For the list of countries you will be able to return from without self-isolation from 10 July, view the list of travel corridors for England.
France (overseas territories of France are listed separately, where included in the exemption)
The Netherlands (not including the constituent countries and special municipalities located in the Dutch Caribbean)
Portugal (only The Azores and Madeira)
Antigua & Barbuda
South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
St Kitts and Nevis
St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and The Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Wallis and Futuna
British Antarctic Territory
All visitors should be contacted approximately one week prior to visiting Imtex, either by email or telephone, and a series of questions asked pertaining to their recent travel history and health symptoms.
These questions are:
1. Have you returned from an overseas trip in the last 14 days?
2. If yes, what countries have you visited during the trip?
3. Have you developed or suffered from a new, persistent dry cough, a high temperature or shortness of breath in the last 7 days?
4. Has anyone you live with developed or suffered from a new, persistent dry cough, a high temperature or shortness of breath in the last 7 days? Depending on the answers provided to the questions, visitors may be refused entering an Imtex location as indicated in the above information.
Who to Contact
Any staff member or visitor who has the symptoms of coronavirus and is concerned should use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Please follow NHS guidance on how to avoid catching or spreading COVID-19.
If you have been advised to self-isolate at home by NHS 111, your local health team or your doctor, please follow the NHS advice whilst in self-isolation.
If you have already booked a flight for personal travel, it is suggested that you check with your airline to see if they will offer a refund or rearrangement. Your travel insurer may consider a claim, based on individual circumstances.
We recommend you wait before making any future bookings to the impacted regions until such time as the relevant authorities or advisory bodies deem it safe to travel there again. Trips booked to the specific areas mentioned in the advice will likely not be covered by insurance if those trips were booked after the guidance was published.
PROTECT YOURSELF AND THE COMMUNITY