Covid – safe return to workplace

Tips on ensuring your workplace is safe for return

A lot of confusion and anxiety is being generated for workplace managers trying to ensure their workplace is ready for a safe to return to work

Here are some tips and hints to assist in ensuring you make a safe return to your workplace

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Risk Assess

1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment

Before restarting work you should ensure the workplace is ready for a safe return to work by:

  • Carrying out a risk assessment in line with the HSE guidance.
  • Consulting with your workers or trade unions.
  • Sharing the results of the risk assessment with your workforce and on your website.
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2. Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures

You should increase the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning by:

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  • Encouraging people to follow the guidance on hand washing and hygiene.
  • Providing hand sanitiser around the workplace, in addition to washrooms.
  • Frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly.
  • Enhancing cleaning for busy areas.
  • Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets.
  • Providing hand drying facilities – either paper towels or electrical dryers.
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Shielding and Self Isolating

3. Help people to work from home

You should take all reasonable steps to help people work from home by:

  • Discussing home working arrangements.
  • Ensuring they have the right equipment, for example remote access to work systems.
  • Including them in all necessary communications.
  • Looking after their physical and mental wellbeing.

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the "2M Rule"

4. Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible

Where possible, you should maintain 2m between people by:

  • Putting up signs to remind workers and visitors of social distancing guidance.
  • Avoiding sharing workstations.
  • Using floor tape or paint to mark areas to help people keep to a 2m distance.
  • Arranging one-way traffic through the workplace if possible.
  • Switching to seeing visitors by appointment only if possible.
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And Finally...

5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk

Where it’s not possible for people to be 2m apart, you should do everything practical to manage the transmission risk by:

  • Considering whether an activity needs to continue for the business to operate.
  • Keeping the activity time involved as short as possible.
  • Using screens or barriers to separate people from each other.
  • Using back-to-back or side-to-side working whenever possible.
  • Staggering arrival and departure times.
  • Reducing the number of people each person has contact with by using ‘fixed teams or partnering’.

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