We’ll be back soon…?

Wales is still be in lock down. With people returning to work across the UK, is this the time to prepare for this next phase of recovery? What does it mean?

Steps ahead…

If you’ve been open to provide vital services throughout the crisis (like our pharmacy clients), you’ll be one step ahead. You’ll have adapted many business practices already. However, you may still need to amend or carry out a formal risk assessment. Consider how you will continue to protect your employees and customers once footfall increases.

Return and evolve…

If you had to close and can’t operate remotely, you’ll need to risk-assess how to protect employees and customers within social distancing guide-lines. You’ll also need to assess how this reduces capacity or impacts your cash-flow. What steps can you take to mitigate this?  What other ways you can do business to compensate? Your client manager can help you forecast possible scenarios.

Fresh approach…

If like us, you’ve been operating remotely, you’ll need to conduct a formal risk assessment to review your in-house systems. You’ll need to see how you can maintain social distancing throughout the working day. In many cases this could simply be in the form of arrows to direct movements. It might be markers to split queues to 2 metre intervals. Or it may require, where possible a combination of in-house/home working and split shifts to limit the number of workers at any one time. 

Clean sweep…

You’ll also need to implement stringent hygiene protocols and if appropriate you may need to purchase suitable protection. This might include gloves, masks and possibly screens

Consider each different work activity and assess where the risks lie for your employees and customers. Decide how to mitigate those risks. Changes should be reasonable and proportionate. Do you need screens, when simple hand wash and social distancing provide adequate protection? 

Consideration…

Most importantly, don’t forget to consider the level of risk for each employee. Are there any that fall into a higher risk category? What steps can be taken to protect them in the work place?
Any in the shielding category? Can they continue to work effectively at home? Should they be furloughed?  To help you make these decisions we have attached a very useful flow chart (we came across). CLICK HERE

Moving forward…

Although the future is still uncertain and timescales unclear, what is certain is that our work environment will be very different for some time to come. 

After such a longtime in lock-down and some very sensational press coverage, we may all experience some trepidation about returning to work. Yet with the reassurance of your careful planning and real cooperation and consideration on both sides you and your employees will soon adapt to this new workplace.

Wise words…

Just make sure you keep a record of all your risk assessments and seek professional H&S and Employment Law advice if you are unsure of anything.
You can pay for our professional fee protection service. There are complimentary H&S and HR help lines available for general advice. Please ring us for the number and reference if you can’t find it.

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