Your return to work health and safety checklist



COVID isn’t going anywhere soon, but official advice is that workers no longer need to work from home and can return to the office gradually over the summer. Here are some key points to consider and prepare to ensure a smooth and safe return to the workplace.

CHECK THE NEW REGULATIONS AND GUIDANCE

From 19th July, England has entered Step 4 of the roadmap in relation to safety guidance about COVID. Essentially this means staff are no longer advised to work from home where possible but to return to work gradually over the summer. You can see the official guidance for those who run offices, plants and factories and other small businesses here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-covid-19/offices-factories-and-labs

UPDATE YOUR RISK ASSESSMENT

Consider the new arrangements for staff, how they will move around in the building and where they will be working. You’ll need to consider ensuring good ventilation, good supply of hand hygiene facilities, updated PPE and training for all staff along with continued social distancing and reasonable adjustments needed for staff and customers with disabilities. Click here for a full HSE guide to carrying out your risk assessment.

[https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/working-safely/risk-assessment.htm]