Studio Covid-19 Measures

Covid-19 Updates: The JQ Set has relaxed the measures from April 2022 in place, as laid out below.

5th Apr 2022 – Important Announcement: The JQ Set classes will be returning to normal-ish, with a few measures in place as laid out below.

Covid-19 Measures:
Please check back on these measures before attending your course – I’ll send you a link to them in the reminder emails to make it easy!

As a quick summary – you’ll be asked to:

  • Bring your own apron and filled water bottle to class
  • Wash your hands before going to your bench and more regularly during class
  • Clean the handles of the individual bench tools you have used at the end of class

You can read more about these and other measures at The JQ Set in the notes below.

Avoid spreading Covid guidance

Please follow the normal guidance to avoid spreading Covid. This guidance can be found on the NHS website here, please check that you are up to date with any changes.

At the time of writing, the guidance says:

Do:

• get vaccinated against COVID-19 – everyone aged 5 and over can book vaccination appointments now
• meet people outside if possible
• open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
• limit the number of people you meet and avoid crowded places
• wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and when it’s hard to stay away from other people (particularly indoors or in crowded places)
• wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day

Don’t:

• do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Please give each other space in the workshop, and please ask for more space if you feel uncomfortable – you will have my full support in this, and if you’d prefer I will remind people for you, just let me know.

Please don’t come to class if you feel unwell.

Handwashing and sanitising

Students are asked to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds as soon as they arrive at the workshop, before going to their bench. They should also wash their hands regularly during class (especially after using tissues or touching their faces) and before they leave. The handwashing station is in the wc – please wipe the taps before and after use.

The will be hand sanitiser provided at the entrance to the workshop and at the shared equipment area in the teaching studio (pickle pot, ultrasonic, barreller etc). There will also be smaller bottles of hand sanitiser dotted around the studio for ease, and it’d be great if you could bring your own.

Aprons, masks etc

Students should bring their own aprons from now on. Once used in the workshop, it won’t be suitable for use in the kitchen so please don’t bring your lovely cooking apron! There will be aprons available for a hire fee of £5 in case you forget yours (this is to cover the cleaning/ironing after each use – it’s not my favourite part of my job!).

Masks will not be compulsory for students, as there will be other aerosol-based precautions in place at the workshop, such as fresh air ventilation and screens between opposite benches. Please be aware that for long-term wearing masks can get quite hot, stuffy and uncomfortable. Touching and adjusting your mask will increase the risk of spreading the virus through contact surface contact, so that will need to be avoided.

Gloves and visors are not appropriate for the tools used in workshop as they may cause injury, and there is plenty of soap and sanitiser for you to use as often as you’d like. Disposable aprons will not offer heat protection to clothes, so please ensure the apron you bring to class is suitable.

Class sizes

From 5th April 2022, The JQ Set will be back to normal of up to 12 students per class.

Demonstrations

I will still be teaching through demonstrations, and there will be an overhead camera and TV screen set-up in the workshop so that you can see what I’m doing from your seats. There will also be the option to gather around my bench if preferred.

Bench spacing and screens

The bench layout is set up as as 3 “hubs” of 4 benches, where a hub is 2 pairs of benches side by side and facing each other. There are screens between the benches facing each other, and the benches that are side by side have seats spaced at 1m.

Drinks and refreshments

Students should bring their own ready-filled water bottles to the studio.

Hot drinks will be provided, made by the tutor – normal food hygiene procedures will be followed (clean hands, clean mugs, clean kitchen).

There is no food allowed in the teaching studio.

Lunch breaks

The workshop is normally closed and locked to students over the 1 hour lunch break for the daytime classes.

There are some lovely Jewellery Quarter cafes – from the one next door to our workshop, to around the Golden Square on Warstone Lane (near the Rose Villa Tavern).

Cleaning

We will continue with a few extra cleaning procedures. I will be providing cleaning wipes and hand sanitiser for students to use before using the shared tools and facilities. Bench tools will be cleaned before and after class by each student.

Touch points such as handles, switches, taps, and the coat rack will be cleaned with alcohol (isopropyl) spray and disposable paper towels before and after each class by me (Pippa).

The toilet facilities will be cleaned thoroughly before and after each class by me, and there will be alcohol (isopropyl) spray and disposable paper towels for students to clean touch points (taps, handles etc) before each use.

The shared equipment and tools will cleaned in the same way as the touch points in the workshop (by me), and there will be a hand sanitiser station for students to use before touching anything in the area.

Students will need to clean their bench tool handles, lights and other bench touch points before and after each class with alcohol (isopropyl) spray and disposable paper towels. I’m sorry to have to put this on each of you, but I’ll be more at risk if I do this myself, and you’ll know which tools you’ve touched!

Fresh air and ventilation

The windows and front door will be opened before class, during lunch breaks and for a while after class to increase the fresh air ventilation rate and distribution, as the outside temperature allows (brrr!).

Updated: 5th April 2022 – To retain a few precautions whilst we try to return to normal-ish.

 

Address

Studio 6, 85 Spencer Street
Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
B18 6DE

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