COVID-19 - Advice for re-opening businesses

As lockdown begins to ease and businesses begin to re-open, or consider re-opening, there are some issues that need consideration:

West Suffolk Council have produced the following guidance:

Risk assessment for coronavirus - practical points to consider

Employers and self-employed people need to carry out a risk assessment to identify what needs to be done to protect workers and others from the risk of coronavirus.

When carrying out the risk assessment you need to:

  • identify what work activity or situations might cause transmission of the virus
  • identify who could be at risk
  • decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed
  • act to remove the activity or situation that places someone at risk, or if this is not possible, identify what can be done to control the risk

If you have fewer than five employees, you do not have to write anything down, but it is good practice if you do. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has guidance on H&S ABC – an easy guide to health and safety. as well as Health and Safety made simple, both includes advice on risk assessments.

There is also further HSE guidance: Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak.

For the Government's latest guidance on the collection of personal details and how to maintain records of staff, customers and visitors to businesses in support of NHS Test and Trace,  please go to: Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

Re-opening your business and Legionella risk

When buildings reopen after lockdown, it is essential that water systems are not put back into use without considering the risks of Legionnaires’ disease. There is an increased risk of waterborne pathogens such as Legionella bacteria being present because of the reduced occupancy and use buildings have had during lockdown. Legionella guidance has been specially written by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) for businesses so that they know about the risk and what to do about it before reopening their business.

Please contact us if you have any further queries email: food&safety@westsuffolk.gov.uk phone: 01284 757400