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As lockdown restrictions continue to be slowly lifted, buildings and facilities will open up again to the public. For businesses forced to close their doors, furlough staff, or have staff working from home, it is now essential to start planning a strategy for getting back to business.

The route back to work during the current situation will be different for everyone. As a result, reopening can present hazards which if not properly managed, can result in damage, injury and legal action causing further disruption to your business.

Our Risk Management service can give you the tools and guides to help get up and running again, from preparing premises to supporting your people to ensure your business remains fully compliant.

 

 

 

Risk Management Consultancy

 

Depending on your business’s needs, this service can include site-specific risk management strategies for businesses to allow their employees to return to work safely while adhering to government guidance. Some features of this tailored service include:

•    Remote audit of proposed reoccupation plan.

•    Site Audit with report and action plan including COVID-19. Assessment of physical barriers, social distancing measures, provision of suitable information and training, site hygiene standards, and support for mental and physical health. Documentation and sign off by staff.

 

 

Online Risk Management System

 

Our online Risk Management system has been updated to include additional COVID-19 checklists and risk assessment features and we can provide both on-site or remote help.

These features include:

•    Covid-19 Risk Assessment - the General Risk Assessment template will enable you to record your Covid-19 Risk Assessment and set monitoring time frames to ensure that these are proactively monitored.

•    NEW - Return to Work Checklist - this is a new Checklist. As well as addressing Covid-19, it provides a list of other risks and aspects of your Health and Safety arrangements that you may need to consider.

•    Risk Assessments - your other Risk Assessments may need to be reviewed or your monitoring time frames adjusted to reflect changes in your working arrangements.

•    NEW - Safety Briefings - this new feature allows you record a safety briefing with your employee signature directly into the Training Matrix from any Risk Assessment, Checklist, Safe Systems of Work, Permit to Work or Method Statement

•    Method Statement/Safe Systems of Work - these will almost inevitably need amending to reflect your Covid-19 Risk Assessment. You can duplicate existing Method Statements and edit them rather than start from scratch.

•    Task Management - if you need to set repeatable tasks/activities over which you want visibility, this can be done in Task Management. If you need to provide instruction or further information in the task, you can add images and guidance information to the task details that the person assigned the task will be able to see.

•    Alerts - these can be set to notify you if a Checklist or Risk Assessment scores less than x%. This allows safety monitoring to be devolved but a tight control maintained.

•    Accident Reporting - Covid-19 is reportable under RIDDOR, so ensure your Accident Reporting procedures are updated. Click here for more information.

•    E-Learning - in particular, Homeworking and Stress Modules can educate and identify risks with those employees that continue to work from home.

•    Homeworking Workstations - the HSE announced at the start of confinement that DSE Assessments were not required for temporary working from home. However, Government advice is work should continue to be carried out remotely when and wherever possible. As homeworking moves from a temporary arrangement to a new permanent one, you may need to consider Workstation Assessments. The DSE E-learning module completes a workstation assessment as part of the course.

 

Our Risk Consultant, Nick Morrall, has extensive experience in Risk Management. Nick has carried out business review work for housing associations, distilleries, construction and manufacturing clients, food producers, office-based clients, national governing bodies and legal practices.

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