Getting phased with returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Greg Davies

Greg Davies
Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
2nd July 2020

  • Those who have remobilised – back in ‘the building’ and working to some degree;
  • Those who are about to remobilise – looking to open their workplace during July; and
  • Those who are now planning their return - but not until August, September 2020 or beyond.

This phasing, and the expectation that most employees will continue to work from home for some time to come, sees buildings open but occupancy levels between 2% to 10% typically at present. Appreciating there are some organisations with more than this, but our experience is buildings remain largely empty.

In addition to the regular health, safety and environmental compliance needed for operational buildings, a further expectation is now “COVID-19 Secure” and the need to consider as premises re-open, for example:

  • Social distancing;
  • Hygiene;
  • Cleaning:
  • Travel;
  • Information on changes (inductions, procedures etc); and
  • Face coverings/masks/PPE (as appropriate).

Into this mix must also be added an increasing amount of industry and sector specific guidance being released to complement that of the:

  • Government;
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE);
  • NHS;
  • Public Health England (PHE);
  • Public Health Wales;
  • Health Protection Scotland; and
  • Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

Wherever you are in the process, being agile in your planning and having clear aims for what you as an organisation are looking to achieve is vital.

As further change is inevitable, and we are already doing as much COVID-19 risk assessment ‘review work’ as we are new COVID-19 risk assessments.