How manufacturing businesses can return to work safely
The Prime Minister has announced a number of changes to England’s lockdown rules, meaning that anyone who cannot work from home, such as those in manufacturing, can return to work once they are able to operate safely.
The relaxation is the first stage in the government’s plan to help UK employers get their businesses back up and running and begin the process of restarting the economy. However, for those manufacturing businesses that have or intend to reopen, a set of guidelines has been released to give practical advice on ensuring safety within the workplace.
As part of the changes, the government also announced it had made up to an extra £14 million available for the Health and Safety Executive, for extra call centre employees, inspectors and equipment if needed.
The new guidance covers eight workplaces which are now allowed to reopen, including outdoor environments and construction sites to factories and takeaways. You can view the full guidance on working safely here.
Steps to reopening
Whilst manufacturing businesses have been told they can begin to restart operations, according to gov.uk there are five key steps that all businesses should implement as soon as it is practical. These include:
- Work from home, if you can
- Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or trade unions
- Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible
- Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk
- Reinforcing cleaning processes
Guidance for manufacturers
Further to this, in efforts to provide clear and concise advice that is specific to each sector, the government has released more detailed guides for individual workplaces. Manufacturers now have access to a guide aimed at people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses which outlines eight key considerations for businesses, you can view the full guidance here.
These eight considerations are as follows:
- Thinking about risk
- Who should go to work
- Social distancing at work
- Managing your customers, visitors and contractors
- Cleaning the workplace
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) and face coverings
- Workforce management
- Inbound and outbound goods
A downloadable notice is also included in the guide, which employers should display in their workplaces to show their employees, customers and visitors, that they have the correct measures in place.
Planning for post-pandemic recovery
As we emerge from lockdown, many businesses are starting to focus on planning their post-pandemic recovery. While the Government has provided and will continue to provide guidance, there are still many unknowns. So how do you plan and look towards the future?
To help you, we thought we should share our knowledge and experiences in how to survive a global crisis and help get your business running again. This guide is not a comprehensive list but a summary of points a business should consider when planning for post-pandemic recovery.
To download Capify’s guide to the Life after Lockdown click here.
Covid-19 Government guidance and support
For all the latest information on Covid-19 and the measures the Government, and Devolved Governments, are taking please visit the UK Government website, the Scottish Government website, the Welsh Government website or the Northern Irish Government website.