As workplaces are encouraged to reopen, the government has released sector specific guidance about how to do so safely. You’ll need to complete a COVID-19 risk assessment.
This means you need to think about the COVID-19 risks your workers face and do everything reasonably practicable to minimise them – although there’s no expectation for you to eliminate the risk completely.
There’s more legal provisions you’ll need to consider, but here’s a few suggestions on how to stay COVID-19 secure:
Risk assessment – if you’ve not already done so you should carry out and document an assessment of the risks posed by COVID-19. If you have fewer than five workers, there’s no requirement for you to write down your risk assessment – although it’s good practice to do so.
Publishing your risk assessment – you should share the results of your risk assessment with your workforce. If you have more than 50 workers, you should publish the results on your website.
Display safety notice – all businesses are expected to display and download the ‘Staying COVID-19 secure in 2020’ notice in the workplace to confirm you’ve complied with the government safety guidance. You can access it here.
Safe return to work policy – it’s good practice to set out the actions you expect employees to take to create a safe working environment (e.g. room occupancy limits, one-way systems and implementing social distancing marshals).
Beyond the measures at work, you can also set out how you expect them to behave outside the workplace. This allows you to take appropriate action for any breaches of the government guidance – irrespective of where the breaches take place. To access our safe return work policy, click here.
Training – it’s good practice to provide training to employees on the safety measures being implemented. You should ensure you maintain a training register to document the training undertaken and consider asking employees to sign to confirm that they have attended and understood the training.