With the announcement from the government last week stating that businesses can get back to work, C&C Insurance Brokers want to make employers aware that they will face an HSE assessment online and random spot checks to see that measures to limit the spread Covid-19. Director of Risk Management at C&C, Sheila Jones, shares her advice to ensuring your business premises are Covid-19 safe.
If you operate within the identified sectors and plan to bring your employees back on site then you must complete an online HSE assessment in order to achieve your H&S certificate and also be prepared for the possibility of a random spot check to ensure you are following the new Covid-19 secure guidelines.
Health and safety has always been an important factor within the workplace but under the current circumstances employers are going to need to make sure they are implementing new procedures to ensure they are complying to the new guidelines and even more importantly keeping their employees and themselves safe. HSE will be taking this very seriously and there will be serious implications if the guidelines are not being followed.
The government said the new Covid-19 secure guidance will work alongside current health and safety rules and a further £14m in funding will be provided to the HSE for extra call-centre workers, inspectors and equipment.
The HSE ‘Five Steps To Safer Working Together’ that you must show compliance with to obtain your certificate are:
- Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment and share the results with the people who work there
- Have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in place in line with guidance
- Have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
- Have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
- Where people cannot be 2m apart, have done everything practical to manage transmission risk
C&C Risk Management is working with its clients to provide a COVID-19 Risk Assessment that shows what they must put in place to enable them to use the HSE portal when it opens and receive a certificate that confirms they are compliant to trade.