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
Do you need advice on occupational health and safety to manage the risks of Covid-19, including returning people to work safely? We are here to help you and just a phone call away.
If you sign up to our “Competent Person” service, you also have access to Covid advice, which can help you understand your employers’ legal obligations when returning employees back to the workplace.
Call 01557 814866 or 07738 788272
Email info@fleethealthand safety.co.uk
Our Spring Newsletter is now available to download here.
The focus is on our new Farm Safety Training DVD which will be available late spring/early summer.
This month, focus is on our brand new training website www.thetrainingpig.co.uk
It will run hand in hand with our existing website but will offer all of our training services which include:-
Health & Safety Training- Classroom, In-House or via online learning
Forklift & Telehandler Training
Driver CPC Training
Our Consultants are also qualified to act as your Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor
Go ahead and check out the new website and please get in touch if you are interested in any of our services
Covid-19 Returning to work
Last week, Boris Johnson announced that staff who couldn’t work from home in (England only), should speak to their employers about returning to work.
But is your business ready & Covid secure?
Employers need to make sure their staff are protected as far as is “reasonably practicable” and they must carry out a risk assessment for all activities/tasks to do this.
Are you competent to be able to conduct a risk assessment yourself?
Will your risk assessment identify the control measures required to protect your workforce from Covid-19?
Will your risk assessments identify the need to use PPE or RPE in your workplace?
Do you have procedures in place to keep your workforce uptodate with your control measures ?
If you would like more information on how we can help you with any of the above, please give us a call on 07738 788272
We can provide any of the following:-
Covid-19 Risk Assessment Template- General
Covid-19 Risk Assessment Template- Return to work
Home working Risk Assessment Template
Covid-19 Health & Safety Policy
Arrangements for driver welfare and hours of work during the coronavirus outbreak
Driver access to welfare facilities
All drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work.
We are hearing reports that some drivers are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when they deliver. Preventing access is against the law, equally it’s not the sensible thing to do.
Those who already provide reasonable access to toilets and handwashing facilities should continue to do so.
With the latest advice for hands to be washed regularly, failure to allow access to welfare facilities may increase the risk of the COVID-19 infection spreading.
Temporary and limited relaxation of drivers’ hours rules
The Department for Transport (DfT) have announced that there will be a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland, and Wales for the drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of:
- non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning)
- over the counter pharmaceuticals
We are clear that driver safety must not be compromised, and they should not be expected to drive whilst tired. Employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees, other road users, and anyone involved in loading and unloading vehicles.
These arrangements may change during this time.
In a crisis such as the Coronavirus, it is vital that volunteers are not put at risk.
We have therefore put together a Risk Assessment for both Organisations who are controlling volunteers and volunteers themselves to help them during the response to COVID-19.
This can be downloaded HERE
The template can be adapted to the needs of your organisation.
IOSH is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to share the latest information and guidance on the coronavirus and how to stay healthy at work.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and chronic lung disease.
Whilst the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public to moderate, the risk of catching COVID-19 depends on where you live or where you have travelled recently. The risk of catching it within the workplace is low.
However, employers have a role to play in preventing the spread of this disease by taking sensible action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as ensuring that workers have access to appropriate hygiene facilities such hot water, soap and bins to get rid of used tissues.
Workers are advised to maintain good hygiene standards around the workplaceby following the latest advice from the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) website which includes the following basic protective measures:
- Wash your hands frequently with alcohol-based hand wash or wash with soap and water
- Maintain social distancing- maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet distance) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose
- Practice respiratory hygiene
- Stay informed and follow the advice given by health care providers
In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) has advised that most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places, and that self-isolation is only to be undertaken if the individual is advised to do so by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional. Read the full NHS advice here.
Emergency planning advice:
IOSH advises that businesses follow good practice in emergency planning, preparedness and response. This can be achieved by adopting the following steps:
- Develop a response plan for if someone in the workplace becomes ill with suspected COVID-19. This should include the immediate response e.g. isolate the individual and contact the local health authority and also how you plan to identify persons who may be at risk without stigma or discrimination
- Explore ways of remote working (teleworking) that will allow workers to continue their work from home
- Develop a business continuity plan for an outbreak, which covers:
- How your organisation will continue to function if workers, contractors and suppliers cannot come to your place of business
- Communicate to workers and contractors about the plan and their role in it
- Ensure the plan addresses mental health and social consequences of a case of COVID-19 in the workplace