With Government lockdown restrictions in the first phase of lifting, there are many factors for public-facing businesses to consider as they prepare and plan for reopening, in a bid to recoup some of the losses suffered as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sadly, this crisis will see many businesses close for good, but we’re aiming to help reduce the fallout by lending vital support and advice. We want to help facilities prepare effectively for the short- and long-term future, building resilience into their business plan, in case a similar event ever occurs again.
To support the continuity of your businesses, we’ve developed a Covid-19 Health & Safety Re-mobilisation Plan and Checklist; a framework for businesses reopening, based on our decades of experience in health and safety compliance. We’ll continually update this as the Government and Public Health England delivers clarity on when you can open and what restrictions will remain.
We’ve also been running popular Fit For Business Covid-19 Clinics three times a week, which have been fully booked with 250 people from a range of industries in attendance, all keen to prepare their businesses for re-opening, whenever that might be.
The raft of measures businesses have taken to survive the pandemic include staff redundancies and furloughing. As you prepare for reopening your doors, further human resource decisions will need to be made; and the ‘Four S’s’: Spacing, Sanitising, Signage and Smiling will need to be observed.
We encourage you to establish a response team to set out a timeline defining actions to take, by whom and by when, as you count down to re-opening. Our Covid-19 Health & Safety Re-mobilisation Plan and Checklistrecommends clear communication internally and externally, announcing the planned date for reopening and setting milestones to enable effective operations from the start.
In some cases, certain areas of your business may open with restrictions, reduced hours or new booking requirements, all of which should be considered. And, as lockdown restrictions continue to ease, we’ll be offering on-site risk assessments, in addition to our virtual support system, and pre- and post-opening inspection audits and procedure reviews, to ensure every aspect of your business is in line with health and safety legislation, with statutory inspections up to date.
Our action plan offers advice on re-engaging staff or recruiting new team members and delivering training where necessary, to enable safe supervision of your business. Work arrangements may need to be reviewed for vulnerable workers and others who need to stay at home. Work will also need to be done by your marketing and sales teams, liaising with existing and new clients and reinstating any frozen payments.
Our re-mobilisation plan is part of a body of work we have developed and sent out in regular bulletins to steer businesses through pandemic management. In conjunction with our other resources, including the Clinics, the ‘Four S’s’, and our Covid-19 risk assessment, it provides comprehensive guidance for you to prepare for a pandemic and recover with minimal disruption.
In the coming days we will continue to share regular bulletins with advice for businesses on management during a pandemic and recovery afterwards. If you’d like to be included on our mailing list, register for the Fit For Business Covid-19 Clinics or receive a copy of our Covid-19 Health & Safety Re-mobilisation Plan and Checklist, please click here [sign-up form link]