Safe Working Practices
Ensuring that your business, employees and customers are safe during this time is vital.
LATEST: Guidance for businesses about to open from 4th July
On 23 March 2020, the government introduced restrictions on which businesses and venues were required to close in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). A number of businesses providing essential goods and services were and continue to be permitted to remain open.
New Covid-19 secure guidance for the hospitality sector and hairdressers means businesses will be able to reopen in England from 4 July, provided they meet government criteria for keeping staff and customers as safe as possible.
Examples and guidance on re-opening of various businesses can be found here.
The government have provided guidance and advice and all of the latest information, including the latest guidance to help those retailers prepare for opening can be found on the Telford & Wrekin Council Public Protection pages.
In consultation with industry, the government has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.
There are 12 guides that cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. More than one guide may therefore be applicable as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.
Twelve detailed guides for the following areas have been produced:-
- Close contact services
- Construction and other outdoor work
- Factories, plants and warehouses
- Heritage locations
- Hotels and other guest accommodation
- Labs and research facilities
- Offices and contact centres
- Other people’s homes
- Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services
- Shops and branches
- The visitor economy
Each guide has specific actions for businesses to take based on the following steps to working safely:-
- Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
- Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures
- Help people to work from home
- Maintain 2m social distancing
This guidance is also available in a webinar format covering the various types of workplace settings that you can access here.
We are working with our businesses to ensure they have all the information they need to put the right measures in place and where possible share these with others as best practice examples.