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As we continue to work with large organisations with great business practice, processes and protocols we are only too aware of the smaller businesses who do not always have regular need to review their Health & Safety / Risk Assessment practices. This is for you.

Practical actions for businesses to take based on 5 main steps – as prescribed by the UK Government.

Make sure you read all the guides relevant to your workplace. Each guide has specific actions for businesses to take based on these steps. Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen. Refer to GOV.UK for regular updates and recommended protocols to adopt.

1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment – Before restarting work you should ensure the safety of the workplace by:

  • carrying out a risk assessment in line with the HSE guidance
  • consulting with your workers or trade unions
  • sharing the results of the risk assessment with your workforce and on your website.

2. Develop cleaning, hand-washing and hygiene procedures – You should increase the frequency of hand-washing and surface cleaning by:

  • encouraging people to follow the guidance on hand washing and hygiene
  • providing hand sanitiser around the workplace, in addition to washrooms
  • frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
  • enhanced cleaning for busy areas
  • setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets
  • providing hand drying facilities – either paper towels or electrical dryers

3. Help people to work from home – You should take all reasonable steps to help people work from home by:

  • discussing home working arrangements
  • ensuring they have the right equipment, for example remote access to work systems
  • including them in all necessary communications
  • looking after their physical and mental wellbeing

4. Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible – Where possible, you should maintain 2m between people by:

  • putting up signs to remind workers and visitors of social distancing guidance
  • avoiding sharing workstations
  • using floor tape or paint to mark areas to help people keep to a 2m distance
  • arranging one-way traffic through the workplace if possible
  • switching to seeing visitors by appointment only if possible

5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk – Where it’s not possible for people to be 2m apart, you should do everything practical to manage the transmission risk by:

  • considering whether an activity needs to continue for the business to operate
  • keeping the activity time involved as short as possible
  • using screens or barriers to separate people from each other
  • using back-to-back or side-to-side working whenever possible
  • staggering arrival and departure times
  • reducing the number of people each person has contact with by using ‘fixed teams or partnering’

If your team are travelling to work on public transport and are wearing face-masks, we’d recommend hand made versions that are machine wash friendly – the example above was made by Kalopsia Collective. Avoid disposables, they are not recyclable and create waste.

If you would like a copy of our Infection Prevention Site Poster and associated documents click the link below to request, example image below.