THE BRITISH SAFETY Council has launched a new COVID-10 Assurance Assessment Service to support organisations returning to work.
A return to work guide can be used across all sectors and will enable organisations to develop robust new processes and protocols to keep employers and customers safe. The service is designed to ensure that employers manage the risk of transmission of COVID-19 as far as is possible within their workplace.
During the coronavirus outbreak the British Safety Council has been working with members across sectors like healthcare, retail, local government and logistics to ensure that workers are protected and workplaces stay safe.
As the lockdown is relaxed thousands of organisations will have to adapt to new working practices. However, just as before, every employer has a duty of care to their workforce.
The British Safety Council’s technical experts can provide independent assurance that a workplace has in place safety, health and environmental standards in accordance with current best practice and government guidelines.
Once workplace assurance audits are completed, an Assurance Statement, summary report and recommendations for improved controls are provided. This gives external verification that the necessary measures to keep workers safe are in place.
Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council said, “We realise that many organisations are under extreme pressure to return to operational activity and looking for credible and reliable sources of support. From the start of this crisis our health and safety experts have been working with members and customers to ensure that they are fulfilling their duty – and their legal obligation – to control health and safety risks.
“We have brought this work together as one comprehensive service for employers that so that they can assess the new risks posed by COVD-19 and to put into place measures to make workplaces safe.”
The British Safety Council guidance for organisations planning the return to work covers risk assessment and new control measures, including social distancing, office cleaning and ventilation. Through sister charity, Mates in Mind, auditors can also advise on the mental health.