For a few months now many workers, especially office-based staff, have been working from home.
Quite a number of these, about 30% according to a recent news report, actually prefer working from home and have stated that they would like to continue like this.
We have spoken to company bosses who are quite happy for their staff to work from home with many saying things such as
- “As long as they get the work done, I don’t care where they work from” –
- “Well they all have their work’s laptop at home, so I can’t see any problem” –
- “With more people working from home and only coming in for meetings, we are looking to move into smaller offices. That is going to be a saving”.
It would seem that many people, employers and employees alike, are considering working from home to become the ‘new normal’.
So, if you are a company owner, director or even the Health & Safety Manager you are going to have to look at the new demands that will be placed upon you.
Remember, even when they are working from home, you have a duty of care to your employees.
This New Normal is going to take some getting used to and it may be here for a long time yet. But by making a few amendments to how a business is run, you can protect visitors and staff while still operating your company efficiently.
Here at Wilkins Safety Group we have developed various support services, training and provide advice to SMEs to try and make meeting the New Normal as easy as possible. – See below
The Wilkins Safety Group’s NEW COVID-19: Assurance Assessment Service
The Wilkins Safety Group are now offering an assurance assessment service that focuses on five elements of business recovery and will help support your business take stock of the present situation and then grow in the future
We are offering professional support, guidance and independent assurance to enable companies to develop and ensure they have suitable Covid controls within the workplace.
Our technical support can provide you with the independent assurance that your COVID-19 workplace safety, health and environmental arrangements are in accordance with current guidance and best practice as a minimum standard.
We can also support you as the guidelines, requirements and circumstances change to ensure your workplace remains as safe and healthy as is reasonably practicable.
The following five factors provide the framework for the consultancy services:
- Organisational context (risk management)
- Operational processes (risk assessment, safe operating procedures, etc)
- Health and wellbeing
- Stakeholder engagement
- Facilities and workplace health and safety (workplace adjustments, etc).
Our technical support includes:
Support for workplace procedure development and reviews (including social distancing, health surveillance, workplace control measures, emergency planning, PPE, etc)
Health and well-being guidance (including mental health factors)
Communication and information
Leadership and behavioural factors
Perhaps the most critical aspect of a return to the workplace. Compliance with statutory regulations has not been removed during the pandemic, therefore we can provide guidance in respect to this matter for clients who are seeking to return to offices, shops, factories or warehouses
Revised procedures and arrangements may well require physical adjustments within the workplace in respect of access, egress, emergency event management, use of equipment, PPE, cleaning regimes, use of elevators, movement and flow of persons within the premises, waste management, social distancing controls, welfare and hygiene controls, etc
Typical support would include review and/or development of workplace controls, processes, based upon relevant risk assessment outcomes and relevant national and sector guidelines.
As part of this support we will provide you with Your COVID-19 Five-Point Action Plan and, on completion, your Covid 19 Secure Certificate
This is new territory for all of us, but for almost 30 years we’ve been a trusted guide to excellent health, safety and environmental management. Our experience will help you achieve the very highest health, safety and wellbeing standards, so you can protect your people, your reputation and your bottom line.
To find out more about how we can help you plan for the return to work, please contact us on 01458 253682 or email.