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Conservation Research Institute


Return to Work Guidance

The Conservation Research Institute space is designed as an open plan office, and therefore requires implementation of safe working practices. These practices include physical changes within the CRI space and any new protocols for the use of desks and working areas, the use of shared spaces and facilities within the CCI Campus, new cleaning protocols, the change of occupancy levels and updated emergency procedures that adhere to new COVID-19 guidelines.

CRI Preparation Measures

  • Signage throughout the CRI space outlining maximum occupancy, social distancing, hand washing and one-way systems.
  • Automatic hand sanitiser placed throughout the space.
  • Cleaning materials such as antibacterial wipes and spray will be made available to staff to wipe down surfaces and additional cleaning.
  • Limited supply of face coverings and non-alcoholic hand sanitiser available to staff on request.
  • Toilets will have sanitisation stations provided, which should be used before entering the facility and to wipe door handles and taps.
  • Hand-washing should continue.

General Guidelines

  • Adopt a clean desk policy so that only IT equipment remains on the desk overnight. Desks cannot be cleaned effectively if left cluttered.
  • Consider all building users and ensure high standards of personal, office (desk) and shared area hygiene, including regular handwashing.
  • Clean down desks each day after use, in addition to that provided by the cleaners (materials also available from CCI Services facilities team).
  • Do not leave items in fridges overnight – it will be disposed of.
  • Minimise use of shared areas and unnecessary circulation around the building
  • Do not come to the building if you are feeling unwell. Staff should keep close attention to their health for any suspected symptoms of infection.
  • Keep the office ventilated (by manually opening windows).
  • Minimise use of shared areas and unnecessary circulation around the CRI space and building.
  • Adopt the ‘Island method’ within shared spaces and wear a mask when you leave your allocated desk.

Face Coverings

Government advice makes clear that while wearing a face covering will not protect you from COVID-19, there is evidence to suggest it may protect others if you are infected but not showing symptoms. The use of face coverings does not lessen the need for social distancing, effective hand-washing and good hygiene practices, and other mitigating actions for reducing both transmission and personal exposure to COVID-19.

Face Masks in University Buildings and Spaces

The University expects all staff, students and visitors to wear a face covering inside University buildings where it is not possible to maintain social distancing of at least two metres. CRI expects members of staff to exercise sensible and responsible judgement on when they need to wear a face covering during the course of their working day.

When would I not be expected to wear a face covering inside a University building or space?

  • Eating or drinking while socially distanced from others.
  • Where social distancing can be maintained at all times.
  • When working alone.
  • When lip-reading is required – and social distancing can be maintained.


  • Pre-existing breathing difficulties and/or other respiratory conditions not related to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
  • Mental-health conditions such as anxiety or panic disorders exacerbated by wearing a face covering.
  • Non-visible disabilities that would be exacerbated by wearing a face covering.
  • Visual impairments, with a restricted field of vision, particularly if any residual vision is at the lower edge of the normal field of view.
  • Impairments that would make it difficult to put on or take off a face covering safely, accurately, consistently or without pain.

Please note that the University’s Return to the Workplace statement makes it clear that the personal circumstances of individuals should be taken into account when considering their return to the workplace. Institutions and line managers should be open to adjusting working patterns, and offering a blend of on-site and home working for those with pre-existing health conditions, or who may find it hard to return.


Coronavirus can be spread through contact with a contaminated surface. If you touch a surface contaminated with the virus and then touch your nose, eyes or mouth, you may be infected. This means it is important to clean your hands frequently, especially: 

  • Whenever you enter a building, including the workplace and your home or College.
  • After you blow your nose, cough or sneeze.
  • Before you eat or handle food.
  • After you have had contact with surfaces.

Hand Washing

You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water, or hand sanitiser when you do not have access to a sink and soap. Ensure that your hands are dried thoroughly. 

Hand Sanitisers

Hand sanitisers will be made available throughout the CRI space, however we strongly encourage staff to bring their own. Please contact to request non-alcoholic hand sanitiser.


The CRI space will undergo intensive cleaning overnight each day and a cleaner will be present throughout normal office hours (09:00 – 17:00, Monday-Friday) to pay more attention to ‘high touch’ areas within shared spaces such as: door handles, toilets, tea-points, railings, desks, phones, taps and dividers.


We ask that staff please keep their desks clear of clutter and personal belongings so that only the IT equipment remains. After use, please wipe down desks and counter tops. Cleaning supplies will be made available within the CRI space.