With the ever-developing guidance on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19, now more than ever it is important to review your risk assessments and business contingency procedures to ensure you continue to operate safely and protect your business both now and for the future.
Things to consider:
The most efficient way to monitor and evaluate the risk of spreading the virus in your workplace is to conduct a risk assessment; identify the hazards that may be if not controlled the virus may be allowed to spread.
HSSS Ltd have a ready completed risk assessment that can be adapted to your individual business requirements.
If you would like a copy (costs may apply) or would like to discuss your responsibilities to managing the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace please get in touch
Health of your workers:
Do you know who in your business is classed as vulnerable or who has contact with someone who is classed as vulnerable? Now is the time to review the medical and personal information you hold on file for your employees and to ask the right questions to ensure you and they are protecting themselves and the rest of your workforce.
Working from Home:
What setup do your employees have at home? With no definite timescale of how long employees are going to be asked to stay away from work where it is possible as an employer you need to ensure that they have a safe set up that can allow them to work comfortably and safely. This includes having the correct equipment, still taking appropriate breaks and not feeling pressured to work outside of normal working hours.
A DSE assessment should be completed for all those working from home and reviewed to ensure that the risk of injury/strain is reduced as far reasonably practicable at their temporary desk.
Lone working will also become an increased possibility. There will always be greater risks for lone workers with no direct supervision or anyone to help them if things go wrong. Keep in touch with lone workers and ensure regular contact to make sure they are healthy and safe.
If contact is poor, workers may feel disconnected, isolated or abandoned. This can affect stress levels and mental health. Make use of video conferencing platforms and have regular team meetings, updates and a chance to have general conversation to help employees feel connected.