Safety information for businesses reopening in July 2020
Following the recent government announcement a number of businesses are being allowed to reopen to trade from early July. Use the link below to view sector guidance - information specific to your business at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19 It is important when you reopen that you trade safely to protect the public and your employees. The following information informs you what you need to know and do.
You are likely to ask – what do we need to do to reopen and trade safely? - the sector guidance, as above, provides specific safety advice for your business and following on from this the key task for you is to risk assess your business to manage the risk of coronavirus in your workplace. View “Working safely during the covid-19 outbreak” at https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/working-safely/index.htm this document explains how to complete a risk assessment, provide information to employees, making your workplace Covid secure, protecting certain groups of people and cleaning, hygiene and hand sanitising.When you have read the sector guidance and completed your risk assessment, having taken all reasonable precautions you may want to complete the following document: Five steps to safer working together https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5eb96e36d3bf7f5d4043931f/staying-covid-19-secure-accessible.pdf
Recording staff, customer & visitor detailswww.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace
In order to support NHS test and trace the following sectors fall within the scope of the guidance:
- hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés
- tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks
- close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors.
Reopening your food business safely
Please find following, a variety of links to external guidance, resources and contact details relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is recommended you check these sites on a regular basis as they are updated frequently.
COVID-19 signage for businesses,
including limiting the number of customers entering shops, maintain 2m distance when queuing outside and in the shop, keep a 2m distance at all times.
Legionnaires’ Disease: Lockdown risks and reopening safely
Managing the risks from Legionella in building water systems during periods of non- occupancy
Managing the risk from Legionella in swimming pools, spas and other leisure facilities
Safe Management of Water Systems in Buildings During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Advice Letter on Maintaining Drinking Water Quality When Reinstating Water Supplies
Employers are legally required, to do what is “reasonably practicable” to protect their staff and members of the public. If you have fewer than five employees you do not have to write anything down. All businesses must identify and control the risks in their workplace, using sensible measures and include COVID-19.
Find out about doing a COVID risk assessment at https://www.hse.gov.uk/simple-health-safety/risk/index.htm
Working safely during coronavirus(COVID-19) updated 15th June 2020, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
Working Safely during COVID-19 in Shops and branches updated 14th June 2020
For the latest information and advice from the Health and Safety Executive, https://www.hse.gov.uk COVID-19 Helpline Telephone Number: 0300 790 6787
Guidance on premises which are permitted to open and those that must for now remain closed : updated 15th June 2020
Covid-19 and Guidance for Retail Food Businesses
Covid-19 infection is very contagious and can spread person to person in air and by a person touching a contaminated surface. As a business you can take the following practical steps to minimise the risks to yourself, your staff and customers from becoming ill.
- Social Distancing - keeping a 2m distance between people should reduce the risk of passing the virus from an infected person to another person. There are a number of ways this can be achieved – read more
- Personal Hygiene, Hand Washing and Protecting Staff - it is important that staff can wash their hands easily and effectively with adequate facilities especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose. Staff should wear clean clothing which is changed daily – read more
- Managing Your Procedures - document your procedures so staff are clear about how you intend to operate. Checks should ensure your in-store notices/posters and separation markers are in place and you have adequate facilities for staff hand washing and protective equipment (PPE) is available – read more
- Business Daily Checklist – example of business opening and operating checklist to ensure hand washing and hygiene standards are met, social distancing precautions are in place – read more
- Examples of Retail Outlet Advice Posters – read more
Additional Information Sources
- FSA guidance for businesses on ‘Bulk freezing of ambient and chilled foods’.
- A Quick Guide to Safe Shopping during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic
- How to Wash Hands (video)
Reopening? Register here
To help us to help you, we are collecting information on which businesses are planning to open on what date. To let us know you can easily register this information by completing our simple webform at. On completion you can access our website resource and if necessary request further advice. The webform can be accessed here . Please be aware that we will be prioritising requests, but that where assistance is required an officer will be in touch as soon as possible.