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Operating your business safely

Practical guidance for businesses and employers on keeping premises and workplaces COVID-secure.

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A practical guide to a safe office return
Practicewire, April 2021
With the UK Government road map out of lockdown underway, many firms are considering what measures they need to put in place to ensure a safe return to the office for their staff. In this video, we spoke with a Health and Safety specialist from Southwark Council about the vital health and safety considerations you need to consider to ensure your staff feel safe returning to the office.

Adapting the workplace

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)


UK government guidance to help business owners carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to ensure the safety of staff, customers and visitors. There are separate guides for different types of businesses and workplaces with information on who can work, keeping customers and visitors safe, social distancing, cleaning, PPE, inbound and outbound goods, and priority actions to take.

Back to the workplace - Adapting workplaces and protecting workers

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

Regularly updated wiki with guidelines which can help employers achieve a safe and healthy work environment when resuming activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, with links to country and sector-specific guidance across the EU and in the UK.

Beyond COVID-19: Reopening of commercial buildings


Practical guide from RICS focusing on the restart of operations in commercial buildings  designed to help building managers, commercial tenants and landlords identify and plan to mitigate the main risks arising from reopening a building.

Managing the return of employees

Coronavirus (COVID-19): returning to the workplace guide

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Guide from CIPD intended to help you plan your organisation’s next steps following a period of furlough or once lockdown measures start easing. Issues covered include legal considerations, short term working/redundancy, groups of staff unable to return, bereavement and managing holidays.