The first steps of the back to work journey are daunting not just for employees but equally employers and business heads who, with the knowledge that they cannot eliminate the risk of Covid-19, have a legal obligation and responsibility to minimise exposure for their workforce. Knowing where to start can be difficult and confusing but the brilliant news is that there’s guidance out there not just from official channels such as the Government and World Health Organisation but from other professionals whose businesses have been designed with this very challenge in mind!
The Government guidance for working safely during Covid-19 is a great first port of call for those responsible for the overall safety solution and short term back to work plan for their business. It lays out a comprehensive and step by step process which can be used as a check-list to ensure measures which limit the risk of infection transfer have been carefully considered and the appropriate action taken. Guidelines of course are updating all the time but as it currently stands, top of that list and the most effective way to stay Covid-19 safe is the design and implementation of a dedicated Risk Register.
This is a mandatory exercise for all businesses and a clear demonstration that they have considered the safety of anyone who accesses their workspace, from employees to visitors to those considered vulnerable. The Government guidance suggests that the Risk Register is designed as a Team Collective, calling on the experience and knowledge of a workforce who can help identify and where elimination is impossible, suggest preventative measures for risks relating to the individual business. Not only does this ensure adherence to obligatory action but, by engaging employees it also demonstrates a firm commitment to employee health, safety and wellbeing.
Putting these measures into practice however is not always straight forward. A risk register is all very well and good in principle but how does it become a living and breathing document? Many businesses like d/vide can offer tailored solutions and give advice as to how your risk register can translate into real-life. Get in touch today to discuss how our safety screens can help you in your back to work journey!