Category: Coronavirus

Planning the return to the workplace

1. Inspect the premises If the property has been left completely unattended, you may find unexpected pests, damage or breakages — all of which need to be addressed before employees begin to return. Tests to run before the premises is reoccupied might include: checking the fire alarm systems, extinguishers and escape routes ensuring any asbestos containing materials have not deteriorated...

Preparing to go back to work during Covid-19

Preparing your workplace for COVID-19 is a tricky matter. Because it is a new virus, more information is coming out nearly daily about the risks, contagion, and dangerous side effects. As lockdowns and quarantines are being lifted and people begin returning to work, preparing your workplace against COVID-19 is absolutely necessary. Businesses need to say yes to the following three...

RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19

You must only make a report under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) when: • an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence. • a worker has been diagnosed as having COVID 19 and there is reasonable evidence that it...

Deep cleaning the workplace in the time of coronavirus

Within a relatively short space of time, the coronavirus has radically changed working life around the world, perhaps forever in the case of some organisations. Never before has workplace cleaning taken on life and death implications across so many different types of work settings. A new approach to cleaning workplaces There have always been workplaces when good hygiene is, quite simply,...

Managing stress during the pandemic

Amid all the uncertainties and disruption caused by COVID-19, an awareness of how your team is coping is all-important. How can managers reduce stress for themselves and employees. From a country in lockdown with schools closed for the foreseeable future, to queues around supermarkets and often contradictory media messages, the coronavirus or COVID-19 is causing significant disruption to day-to-day lives....