The Government has today published detailed new guidance for businesses to help them ensure the return to work is done safely, and remains safe moving forwards.
Useful links can be found as follows:
Government guidance on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) (11 May 2020)
...Construction and Outdoor Workers: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/construction-and-other-outdoor-work
...Factories, plants and warehouses: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/factories-plants-and-warehouses
...Working in People’s Homes: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/homes
...Laboratories and research facilities: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/labs-and-research-facilities
...Offices and Contact Centres: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/offices-and-contact-centres
...Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery
...Shops and branches: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/shops-and-branches
...Workers in vehicles: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/vehicles
...Guidance in other sectors: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19
Since this article was published, additional guidance for other sectors has been published. The links to these can be found at www.kshsafety.com/coronavirus.
Government Roadmap to COVID-19 recovery document
(11 May 2020)
Prime Minister speech to the nation 10 May 2020 transcript
The following was updated 19 May 2020, 12.45 BST
novel COVID-19 Coronavirus and KSH Safety Services
At KSH Safety Services, I am committed to providing my partners and customers with the best health and safety consultancy and training support possible.
Given the ever-changing situation surrounding COVID-19, I want to reassure you that throughout this current crisis, I will do my utmost to continue to provide the services I give to my clients in the safest way possible.
Government guidance currently states that if you can work from home you must do so where possible. This therefore means that support that would usually be given face-to-face, will be provided remotely, unless it is impossible to be done that way. Only then will I travel to site, and only after agreeing all precautions with the client.
Time on site will be as minimal as possible, and I would want to see what precautions the client has in place in advance. I will wear appropriate face coverings, and gloves if required, and will carry and use hand sanitiser, tissues and disinfectant wipes. I will limit contact with furniture and fixtures as much as possible, and will keep a suitable distance from all personnel. I will also provide my own pen and paper, and my own drinks and food. I reserve the right to withdraw from the premises if I feel it is unsafe for me to remain on site.
For reassurance, since lockdown began on 23 March 2020, I have remained at home, except for a visit to a supermarket every ten days, where I wore a face covering and followed social distancing rules, and for an occasional short local walk near my home. Nobody in my household has displayed any symptoms or had any illness. Should this change, I will withdraw from visiting businesses.
Where I can operate remotely, I can help in a similar way to usual, with adaptations on nearly all my services. I am continuing to advise clients and run meetings and face-to-face training via video conferencing. I am available for network meetings and 1-2-1 meetings done via phone or video conferencing, although paid client work takes priority. As businesses are now returning to operation, demand for my services has gone very high. I will help you as soon as I possibly can do, and apologise if there is any delay.
In this fast moving situation, any changes to service will be posted at https://www.kshsafety.com/coronavirus. I also have a large amount of useful up to date links and guidance on that page.
I am committed to providing my clients with the best support possible during this uncertain time.
Please stay safe, be sensible, ensure you maintain a social distance from others, follow official advice, help each other, we will continue to get through this together.