Business owners warned of return to work checks

By Napthens

06 May 2020

Website
chris-walker-offers-advice-for-businesses-on-checking-the-safety-of-their-workplace.jpg

 

North West business owners should check the safety of their work environment before thinking about reintroducing staff, according to a leading health and safety expert.

Chris Walker, from ATG Health and Safety, part of the Napthens Group, has been advising clients on key checks and modifications that they should be making the workplace before staff return to work.

To advise businesses in the region, he has laid out five essential steps they should check before reopening, from complying with public health advice and carrying out essential checks and tests through to advising staff on commuting in to work.

Chris, Head of ATG Health and Safety, said: “Firstly, all businesses need to be able to comply with the government’s public health advice as it changes. This could include spreading out desks in an office, rearranging them to face away from each other, or staggering arrival and departure times to stop a queue of people coming in and out of the workplace at the same time. However, people should be wary of whether these could create unintended safety issues and react accordingly.

“If some workers are returning and others are still working from home, then it is essential to reassess whether you have cover for essential key safety roles such as fire marshals or first aiders. You may need to train more staff or require important personnel to come in to work.

“Buildings that have remained idle for six weeks may have developed safety issues. Flushing out the water system to reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ disease, carrying out fire alarm checks, inspecting potential leaks or property damage should be part of the first checks.

“For some workplaces, some regular inspections may have been missed while it has been closed. Essential checks such as gas safety and lift equipment checks should be certified before they are operated again.

“For staff preparing to start commuting back in to work, it is important to check that travel can be kept safe. Drivers who haven’t moved their car for six weeks should run a quick check of tyres, lights and brakes the day before they set off, while public transport methods may well operate differently than before.”

In addition to advising on the health and safety or returning to work, Napthens has also launched a home worker service, designed to helps employers keep their staff safe while working from home.

Napthens has been offering advice to navigate the coronavirus pandemic and beyond with a specially assembled team, offering advice on employment, health and safety, business support and Wills and Estate planning.

For more information on the support available, visit the Napthens website.

Enjoyed this? Read more from Napthens

Latest news

1

Forbes makes Manchester move Forbes Manchester

Forbes makes Manchester move

15 Apr 2024

2

Blackpool approves plans for pair of apartment complexes New South Promenade Apartments Visuals

Blackpool approves plans for pair of apartment complexes

12 Apr 2024

3

Distinguished engineer takes senior role at Lancaster University Rebecca Lingwood

Distinguished engineer takes senior role at Lancaster University

11 Apr 2024

4

International building supplies firm to open new plant in Preston New Kerakoll Group Premises Visuals

International building supplies firm to open new plant in Preston

11 Apr 2024

5

+24 welcomes industry luminary as chairman Plus24-News-Jamie-Tinsley.jpg.jpg

+24 welcomes industry luminary as chairman

17 Apr 2024

Hwc 2024 Email Signature 980x120
Background image for hub sign up block

LBV Hub

Reach 50,000 members of the Lancashire business community

Post your news
Post your events
Post your offers
Company profile
Social reach
Magazine coverage
Sign-up
Events
Health and Wellbeing Conference 2024
Hwc 2024 Social Media 1200px 1
Networking
23 Apr 2024

Health and Wellbeing Conference 2024

Crow Wood Hotel, Burnley , BB12 0RT

08:30 - 13:00

Help to Grow Management Course
HTG2.png.png
LBV Hub Seminars
15 Apr 2024 - 17 Jul 2024

Help to Grow Management Course

Preston Campus , Preston , PR1 2HE

09:30 - 14:00

Business Networking in Lancaster - Eden Business Network
EVENT LISTING Eden Business Network.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
17 Apr 2024

Business Networking in Lancaster - Eden Business Network

The Borough, 3 Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PP

18:30 - 20:30

Business Networking in Accrington - BNI Zeus
EVENT LISTING SIZING Zeus.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
17 Apr 2024

Business Networking in Accrington - BNI Zeus

The Mill House, Corn Mill Yard, Accrington, BB5 5HX

06:45 - 08:30

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Diamond
EVENT LISTING BNI Diamond.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
17 Apr 2024

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Diamond

The Marriot Hotel, Garstang Road, Broughton, PR3 5JB

07:15 - 09:00

Cyber Secure 360: Safeguarding Your Digital World
CyberSecure 360 LBV-32.png.png
LBV Hub Seminars
18 Apr 2024 - 18 Apr 2024

Cyber Secure 360: Safeguarding Your Digital World

Accrington Stanley, Accrington, BB5 5BX

08:30 - 12:00

Business Networking in Burnley - BNI Kudos
EVENT LISTING BNI Kudos.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
18 Apr 2024

Business Networking in Burnley - BNI Kudos

Prairie Sports Village, Windemere Avenue, Burnley, BB10 2FU

06:45 - 08:30

Business Networking in Preston- BNI Brunch
EVENT LISTING SIZING Brunch .png.png
LBV Hub Networking
19 Apr 2024

Business Networking in Preston- BNI Brunch

Samlesbury Preston Hotel, Preston New Road, Preston, PR5 0UL

09:30 - 11:00

The Pro Club
Untitled design (6).png.png
LBV Hub Networking
19 Apr 2024

The Pro Club

Fraser House, Lancaster, LA1 4XQ

09:30 - 12:30

Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Infinity
EVENT LISTING BNI Infinity.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
19 Apr 2024

Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Infinity

Hampton by Hilton, 2 Frontier Ave, Blackburn, BB1 3AL

06:30 - 08:30

St Catherine’s Corporate Skydive
Corporate SkyDive.jpg.jpg
LBV Hub Fundraisers
21 Apr 2024

St Catherine’s Corporate Skydive

Black Knights Parachute Centre, Lancaster, LA2 0YD

12:00 - 16:30

Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Vista
EVENT LISTING SIZING Vista.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
23 Apr 2024

Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Vista

Hampton by Hilton, 2 Frontier Ave, Blackburn, BB1 3AL

06:45 - 08:30

Advertise with us

Reaching 50,000 members, our print, digital and event platforms offer a fantastic way to raise your business profile and help you grow.

Find out more Lbv115 Online Graphic
Subscribe now

Weekly news bulletin