The 1st August is nearly upon us and the business world is starting to really open up now with Boris encouraging more and more people back to work and back to some sort of normality – the new norm.
This has caused some concern for employers and employees but what should you do if you do want your team back under one roof?
Firstly, it is imperative that you put in place measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission as far as is reasonably practicable.
The UK Government has published a number of Working safely during coronavirus guides, setting out measures to keep the risk of infection as low as possible in different types of workplace.
Central to each of the “Working safely” guides is the need for employers to carry out their own risk assessments and put control measures in place, based on factors specific to their workplaces and employees, using the government guidance provided. You should communicate effectively with all employees to remove concerns, implement practices effectively and ensure the safety of everyone.
Employers must put in place measures to enable employees to comply with the social distancing guidelines. This could involve, for example, limiting the number of people on the premises at any time, marking out spacings on the floor and/or implementing one-way systems around the building.
Where it is not possible to maintain social distancing at all times in relation to a particular activity, the guidance recommends that you consider carefully whether it is necessary for that activity to be carried out at all. If it is crucial to the business, you must put in place mitigating measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission between employees as far as possible.
Such measures could include using screens or barriers to separate people from each other and reducing the number of people each individual potentially has contact with by using. You should put in place facilities and procedures to increase the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning.
The Working safely during coronavirus guidance includes recommendations on other areas including cleaning the workplace, the use of personal protective equipment and face coverings, and managing the workforce. You should regularly consult the guides that are relevant to the types of workplace you operate.
If you need further advice and support to complete any of the above I can highly recommend Keith at The Safety Man to guide you through the process.
Give us a call if you need any support with employees refusing to return to work or other employee issues.