As businesses begin to think about returning to the workplace there are many that need to make changes to their workplace environment in order to be able to welcome people back.

We’ve all see the measures that the supermarkets have put in place to ensure social distancing can be adhered to, but how does this work in an office or a construction site where people are at their desks for a long periods of time or working closely with each other on a scaffold?

The first thing every business should do it assess the risks relating to your business activities and the spread of COVID-19. This will allow you to see where changes need to be made.

Having your risk assessment written down will allow you to share it with your employees so that they can understand their responsibilities whilst in the workplace.

Communication with your teams is key at this stage of returning to work, working from home or being on furlough leave will have affected people in different ways and some might be apprehensive about a return. Find out how they are feeling and explain the measures that you are putting in place. Keeping them in the loop and engaged will help to ease any concerns.

Here are some things to think about;

  • Can a 2m distance be kept at all times?
  • If a 2m distance cannot be kept, how will you reduce the risk?
  • Can a task be changed to allow one person to carry it out?
  • Do you have adequate hand washing facilities?
  • Can your cleaning regimes be changed to allow more frequent cleaning?
  • Can you implement shifts to reduce the number of people in at one time?
  • Can furniture be altered to create more space?

These are just a few things that need to be considered whilst assessing the risks, but carrying out risk assessment and implementing safe systems of work will help you return to the workplace in as safe a manner as possible.

As always, HCS will continue to support it’s customers and clients during this time. If you need any help or advice then please contact us on 01538 711777 or email