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Preparing for a safe return to the workplace

Useful guidance from WHO and BRC on a return to the workplace

As the lockdown eases, businesses are turning their thoughts to a safe return to the workplace.

The provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 will require firms with five or more employees to undertake a specific Covid-19 risk assessment. Guidance on how different types of business should update their risk assessment documents can be found on the HSE website. The website contains example templates which should be adapted to suit specific circumstances. Employers should complete risk assessments and provide them before staff are expected to return to work. These should be published in the public domain and submitted to the government portal, according to a proposal from the TUC.

The World Health Organisation have published guidance for businesses to prepare the workplace for reopening whilst putting measures in place to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.  This includes practical advice on effective cleaning and suggested protocols for employee travel, meetings and events.
Several national takeaway chains have announced that they will be reopening some branches with social distancing procedures in place. The British Retail Consortium have published a helpful guide for retailers with recommended social distancing procedures.

You can join free industry specific webinars hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, about how to make your workplace COVID-secure. Upcoming live events are listed here.

We are keen to hear how you plan to prepare for a return to Bankside, and ways in which we might be able to support your business in the recovery phase. Do ng [at] betterbankside.co.uk (get in touch) to discuss.

Created May 1 2020