As business return to work, there are four main areas that should be considered
- Safe People Discuss your arrangements for a safe return to work with your employees and communicate your Covid Policy with them. Keep in regular contact with those working from home. This could be via zoom or teams, a telephone call or a regular quiz that involves all staff. Encourage staff to discuss any concerns about mental health and well being. Try to offer varied tasks if possible and allow flexibility
- Safe Workplace Make sure you have a Covid risk assessment in place that covers returning to work. Consider who might be at risk and how. Add in control measures to eliminate or reduce the risk such as social distancing, hand sanitising, adding mechanical ventilation, regular cleaning, signage and PPE.
- Safe Equipment Mandatory inspections should still be carried out and it is important to liase with external providers to discuss how they can safely do this. Some checks can be carried out in-house such as checking plugs and sockets and checking equipment for damage or defects
- Safe Systems Your management system should include Policy, Organisation, Risk Management & Controls, Monitoring and Reporting
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