The Prime Minister announced this week that from the 4th July, certain businesses will be allowed to finally re-open their doors. Now, pubs, hotels, restaurants and hairdressers all have permission to open. Before you do open though, you will need to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment.
The government has published a number of guidelines to assist those in 12 different business industries from factories to restaurants. This is to ensure the risk of transmission is minimised. Businesses following all the guidelines can display a Covid-19 secure badge to reassure customers and employees.
What do I need to do?
1) Carry out a risk assessment
Before opening your doors, you need to identify the potential dangers in your workplace.
- Carry out a risk assessment in line with health and safety regulations
- Consult with your employees
- Share the results of your risk assessment with your employees and workforce on your website
2) Develop hygienic procedures
You should maintain strict cleaning standards.
- Encourage people to follow hand washing procedures
- Provide hand sanitiser in the workplace
- Regularly clean surfaces that are touched frequently
- Provide hand drying facilities
- Frequently clean busy areas
3) Help employees remote work
You should assist those working from home.
- Discuss home working arrangements
- Look after your remote workers well-being
- Put the right systems in place to help people work from home
4) Maintain social distancing
When you can, encourage people to stay 2 metres away from each other.
- Put up signage reminding customers and employees to socially distance
- Avoid sharing workstations
- Use paint on the floor to help people maintain distancing
- Set up one way traffic systems in the office
- If possible, arrange for any visitors to visit by appointment only
5) Manage the risk of transmission
It may not always be possible to maintain 2 metre distancing. If so, you can still manage the risk of transmission.
- Assess whether a certain business operation can be suspended, postponed or modified
- Add screens and/or barriers to separate people
- Use back to back or side working where possible
- Stagger the arrival and departure times of employees
- Introduce partnered working or fixed teams
These are just some of the suggestions that the government offered. For each particular business sector, the government has provided more detailed proposals. Check back here in the next few days as we run through all the suggestions for close-contact services, shops and offices.