With ongoing Covid restrictions across the UK your business may have needed to change the way it operates or even been closed for extended periods of time.
Re-opening your business can present specific hazards, which if not planned or managed properly, may result in damage, injury, legal action and further disruption to your business.
Here's what to look our for:
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10 things for you to consider
1. Review existing risk assessments and actions
Check these are still relevant to the operation of your business to ensure a safe working environment for your employees onsite, offsite and working at third party premises.
Where your business operations and activities have changed, complete new risk assessments and share the results and actions with your employees, any visitors or contractors. Remember to include fire and security precautions in your review, implementing changes and enhancements where necessary (such as fire or intruder alarm detection or sprinkler protection)
2. Undertake a thorough inspection of your site
4. Allow enough time in your planning to recommission previously shut down machinery
This includes plant and processes in line with all standard operating procedures (SOPs) and manufacturers‘ guidelines.
5. Complete and reinstate any inspection, testing and maintenance procedures
6. Ensure your employees have the competence and capability for the work activities to be carried out
Check employees have the necessary skills, training and licensing requirements and review whether additional employee training programmes or certification and supervision is required. Refer to your Return to Work policy (if available). Mental health and wellbeing should be considered as well as physical fitness. Further support can be found on our training page.
7. Make sure all protection and detection systems are in service and functioning correctly
8. Carry out enhanced cleaning of the workplace, pre and post re-opening
9. Observe and enforce COVID-19 workplace restrictions in line with government regulations and guidance
10. Review your existing insurance cover and business continuity plan
Review your existing insurance cover to ensure these are still relevant to your business. If you have changed your business operations during the pandemic, please discuss this with your broker, to ensure you have the right level of cover for your business.
When reviewing your business continuity plan include supply chain resilience and implement mitigations measures as appropriate, to reflect any changes to your business operations and lessons learned from any temporary shutdown. Visit our page for more information.
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The risk management information and guidance provided herein is not intended to be advice for any specific requirements.
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