As we are all aware that exposure to COVID-19 may present a health risk to workers and other persons at a workplace. Keeping employees and customers safe and healthy during this corona virus pandemic period is top and utmost priority for all businesses. Employers are advised to follow the latest public health advice and identify and implement suitable control measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection in the workplace.
Employers have a legal responsibility to protect its workers and others from risk to their health and safety. This means you need to think about the risks they face and do everything reasonably practicable to minimize them, recognizing you cannot eliminate the risk of COVID-19.
Employers have a duty to reduce workplace risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level by taking preventative measures. Employers must work with any other employers or contractors sharing the workplace so that everybody’s health and safety is protected. For more information on returning to work safely, click here.
In your assessment, you should have regard to whether the people doing the work are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Every risk assessment form must be job specific as every job or workplace possess different level of risks.
You must make sure that the risk assessment for your business addresses the risks of COVID-19, using this guidance to inform your decisions and control measures. A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. As an Employer, you have a duty to consult with your employees on health and safety. You can do this by listening and talking to them about the work and how you will manage risks from COVID-19. The people who do the work are often the best people to understand the risks in the workplace and will have a view on how to work safely. Involving them in making decisions shows that you take their health and safety seriously.
As is normal practice, employees should be involved in assessing workplace risks and the development and review of workplace health and safety policies in partnership with the employer.
It is back to business as government eases lock-down restriction and more businesses are opening back up to revive the economy. Pinnacle Group is back and will continue to provide all services within the restrictions that applies in accordance with government and HSE safety protocol.
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NOTE: All employees should follow government and public health official advice and guidance including ensuring good hygiene practices, such as frequent hand washing and respiratory etiquette, to protect against infections and should seek professional healthcare advice if unwell.
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