As the leisure and hospitality sector gets back up and running following lockdown, there are some key areas that employers should consider.
Many employees will be experiencing a sense of anxiety about returning to work considering the Covid‑19 outbreak, and the issues associated with this will be around for some time to come. As an employer there are several simple steps you can take to ease the concern of your employees:
The Government’s Track & Trace scheme encourages businesses to collect and store data on their customers. This can present new data related risks for your business to consider. The ICO have provided a quick guide to assist with Data Security for the purpose of Track & Trace:
As per the Governments advice, employers must undertake a thorough risk assessment before re-opening a place of work. The risk assessment should consider the potential spread and transfer of COVID-19 as well as the change in operations to comply with social distancing and safe working practices.
If possible, employers should publish the results of their risk assessments on their website and the Government expect all businesses with over 50 employees to do so.
You can also visit the Government website for up to date information on your sector, click here.
Done correctly, risk assessments play a critical role in workplace safety and can be crucial evidence in defending personal injury claims or actions brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or other regulatory authority. It is possible, in some circumstances, for Directors to be personally liable for health and safety failings.
COVID-19 is now another occupational/workplace hazard that needs attention and consideration.
Warning: do not just focus on COVID-19, all other risks and safety practices must continue to be considered.
Risk assessments should be well documented, and records kept. Document-trails provide vital evidence if you need to defend potential illness and/or employment claims or a HSE prosecution.
Procedures must be as safe as practicable. Still a duty of care and diligence