What do I need to do to get my business ‘back to work’ safely?
Following the Governments’ announcement on the 10th of May of its ‘road map out of lockdown,’ some businesses are being encouraged to get back up and running and operating safely from this week. As a business owner, you may be asking what action you need to take to ensure that this can happen and how you can get people back into a safe working environment. To ensure your compliance it’s important to focus on five key points:
During the creation of your Risk Assessment, you must consult with the health and safety representative selected by a recognised trade union or, if there isn’t one, a representative chosen by workers. As an employer, you cannot decide who the representative will be.
The Government has also launched a series of practical sector-specific guides which you can use to think about the risks you may face. These include controls related to social distancing, personal hygiene, organisational changes and other ways to reduce the risk of COVID 19 transmission which you can include in your Risk Assessment.
If possible, the completed Risk Assessment should be published - the Government is expecting all companies with more than 50 staff to do so.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is a UK Government agency set up to regulate and enforce workplace health, safety and welfare. They have the power to impose enforcement actions on businesses which they consider to be falling short of introducing suitable measures to address the risk of COVID-19. Such enforcement actions range from simply providing advice, serving notice on duty holders, issuing cautions or even carrying out prosecutions in some circumstances.
If you’ve broken the law, you will have to pay for the time it takes the Health & Safety Executive to help you put things right. This is called a ‘fee for intervention’ (FFI).
Following the Government guidelines, our qualified team have published a template Risk Assessment. This can be used as a base allowing you to start to consider the risks and the applicable changes to your business.
Should you require further help, our advisors are happy to talk to you about your specific needs and how we may be able to assist with Risk Assessments, back to work checklists, relevant E-Learning courses, policy documentation and other matters of safety management within your business.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, call 0114 244 4461.