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 COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENT

With Businesses considering a return to work from the COVID 19 pandemic, it is critical that they consider what new working practises they require in order to minimise the risks to their staff, visitors and clients. In House Safety can help you do this.

With a vaccine unlikely to be widely available for some time, despite best efforts, COVID 19 will be with us for some time. The Government has made it clear through its Agencies, that all businesses will need to operate however they can using a number of different safety processes including maintaining social distancing whilst on site and allowing staff to work from home wherever possible.

Therefore, all businesses need to consider how they can be “Safe to Open” in the Retail, Hospitality or Education sectors or “Safe to Work” in all other sectors.

The pandemic and subsequent “Lockdown” of the country has caused all businesses to either stop work completely or to change how we work on a day to day basis.  The Governments furlough scheme has allowed most businesses a lifeline in order to survive. With this scheme now likely to be curtailed and tapered over the next few months, then it is vitality important that all businesses consider how they will return and being to produce their products or provide their services to the wider public as and when allowed.

Some organisations have discovered that the new ways of working have not had a detrimental effect on their abilities to operate, but others have struggled to adapt their workplaces and find solutions to their particular situation whilst trying to get the job done.  This danger is likely to increase as more organisations have to return to their m=normal ways of working.  Therefore, a COVID 19 Risk Assessment is the first step to identify what procedures and adaptions to the workplace are required to minimise the risk and keep people safe.

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Risk Assessment – the key to safe working

To properly identify what are the most effective health and safety controls at your own workplace a safe to Work Risk Assessment (or Safe To Open Risk Assessment) should be completed.  Workable solutions for businesses do exist already (such as some supermarkets) and some which have good intention but are not implemented effectively.  Simply having a protocol is not sufficient, it has to be implemented effectively.  This is where we can help.

We can do the following for you:

  • Review your existing Risk Assessment and advise you on the measures you have already put into practice to provide some reassurance to your staff.
  • Complete your COVID 19 Risk Assessment for you to identify the tailored management controls and practical measures required, using our COVID 19 “Safe to Work” Risk Assessment package which includes a range of services – you can choose which parts you want and need.

How In House Safety helps with Safe To Work Risk Assessment

With Businesses considering a return to work from the COVID 19 pandemic, it is critical that they consider what new working practises they require in order to minimise the risks to their staff, visitors and clients. In House Safety can help you do this.

We will discuss your current arrangements in context with how you intend to re-open your business. Either by a phased opening or a full return.

By considering such issues as:

  • Access and egress from site.
  • Emergency Evacuations.
  • Movement of people around the site.
  • Cleaning and Disinfection protocols for facilities and workstations.
  • Shift Patterns – start and end times.
  • Hot desking arrangements.
  • Use of shared spaces on multi tenanted sites, such as lifts and meeting spaces.
  • Provision, access to, storage and disposal of PPE
  • Access to the welfare facilities – including hand washing facilities.

EXPERTISE

Our team of qualified health and safety practitioners can use their experience, knowledge and qualification to complete a comprehensive Covid-19 Risk Assessment  in all parts of your workplace, and then support you in implementing and monitoring it by using simple, practical measures. In addition to their expertise we will ensure that our advice reflects legal requirements for a safe workplace as well as the Government's  guidelines. We will also reference the Joint Statement via the HSE, TUC and CBI to ensure a balanced approach to worker safety and productivity.

Free 'Return to Work' Questionnaire template

For those organisations who have a colleague who is ready to return to work following self-isolation or suffering from the virus, please complete this form to recieve a copy of our free Fit for Work (also known as a Return to Work) assessment template (.docx format).


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