As we await the Government’s plans on how it intends to wean the country out of a full lockdown, many business owners know that they need to be preparing for a return to work, but they don’t know how or what they should be doing.
While we are going to have to patiently wait for some advice and the exact plan of dates and how the transition will work, there are a few things that employers can do at this time to address the main challenges of the next stage of the pandemic. Here is a quick guide to helping you prepare to return to work safely.
4 ways to keep your workers and customers safe
Businesses aren’t going to just open up as usual. Customers aren’t just going to stream in and resume buying your products and services. COVID-19 has had a profound effect on everyone both mentally and financially, so business owners are now faced with new challenges; to give their employees the confidence to return to work, and consumers the confidence to come in and buy.
As the employer, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone who enters your premises, so here are 4 ways that you can keep everyone as safe as possible and more importantly, make them feel safe.
1. Check the government guidance on your industry
Guidance has already been published by the government on the steps employers should be taking to protect the health and safety of their staff once they return to work, so make sure to check the advice that is being issued for your industry. The main practical tips that are recommended for every business are:
- Staff should work side-by-side or facing away from each other if possible.
- The frequency of cleaning procedures needs to be increased and carried out throughout the day (especially disinfecting workstations).
- Avoid staff rotations so that social interaction is limited.
- Breaks should be staggered so that social distancing can be maintained.
- Enforce a higher frequency of hand washing, including before work and before leaving the workplace.
2. Implement social distancing measures
The big safety areas when it comes to social distancing in the workplace is keeping staff and customers separate (via screens of visors) and guiding customers to stay 2 metres from each other (via signs and floor markings). This can be done with the following products:
- Protection blinds and screens – roller blinds can be pulled down from the ceiling while screens are fixed into place. Both act as a transparent barrier between a staff member and the customer, they are bespoke to any shape and size, can be easily installed and removed, and are easy to clean and sanitise.
- Printed floor stickers – printed, self-adhesive, slip-resistant floor markings are necessary to help your customers and employees find their way by ensuring areas are clearly marked and social distancing is abided by. These stickers can be used both internally and externally with both pre-set and bespoke designs available.
- Printed signage – printed, self-adhesive signage or stickers are necessary to remind both staff members and customers about the new COVID safety measures (e.g. “entry with facemasks only,” “limited number of people up to 4,” and “disinfection point” etc). Signs can be used both internally and externally with both pre-set and bespoke designs available.
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3. Start monitoring the people who enter your premises
One of the safety measures that you will potentially need in place as we are returning to work from lockdown is fever screening technology. This can help you identify any staff members who have a fever so that you can send them home to isolate and prevent any potential spread. If your business involves interacting with customers, couriers or other tradespeople etc, this technology can also be used to monitor the temperatures of anyone entering your premises.
CCTV that you can access remotely is also a smart investment at this time. Not only does it deter crime for the remainder of lockdown and any time your premises is empty, but it also allows you to monitor your site and assets without having to physically be there. At a time where only essential travel is prohibited, being able to view your site, detect any motion, and respond to false alarms is invaluable for both safety and security.
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If you need to discuss remote monitoring or want advice about fever screening technology, contact Des at H3 Group for further information.
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4. Bring in reinforcements while you transition
One challenge that many businesses will face over the next few weeks is crowd control. Social distancing is something that all businesses will need to comply with, especially in situations where people are queuing outside and you are limiting how many can be inside, so this is where security guards may become necessary.
As the transition to normality will most likely be a slow one, people may become frustrated or angry with social distancing measures. To keep all potential customers and staff safe, security guards can easily help you to enforce and maintain the necessary protective measures.
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You can take advantage of temporary security contracts to ensure that you have emergency security cover for as long as you need it. Contact Becky & Gemma at RGM Security for more information.