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Posted: May 11, 2020
Following the government’s latest announcement [10 May 2020] many employers are wondering what the new guidance means for them and their business. Employees who can’t work from home are now being encouraged to return to their place of work, so what steps need to be put in place to welcome them back safely?
Here, Jill Wood, managing director of Signum Facilities Management, explains why it’s never been more important for businesses to understand their premises and make sure their reoccupation plan is as robust as it can be.
From the Government’s latest announcement, it’s clear that for many people a return to their place of work is on the cards. However, establishing a roadmap to recovery before welcoming employees back is essential in ensuring your team are kept safe and feel comfortable in the workplace.
Depending on your sector, your company’s building is probably in one of three states right now – business as usual, partially occupied, or in hibernation. How you plan your reoccupation will vary according to this status and also, what your maintenance strategy was before the pandemic began.
Maintenance is still essential
It’s important to note that there has been no Government relaxation on carrying out statutory maintenance tasks during the lockdown – these tasks are designed to ensure health and safety and need to be upheld.
If your property is currently operating to SFG20 and has continued to do so throughout this period, your premises will be safe and compliant.
However, if a building is in hibernation, in line with SFG30, then it is important that the reinstatement plan follows the same schedule.
Review the risks
From how employees gain access to your building in a safe manner, to identifying potential health and safety problems in areas such as air conditioning systems and water pipes – the key to successful reoccupation of a property should begin with a thorough risk assessment.
At Signum FM, we can work with you to carry out this assessment, as well as putting in place a seven step process to developing a revised, ongoing facilities management strategy for your business, that ensures you remain compliant with the latest guidelines.
Understanding your assets and the maintenance tasks they align with will help significantly reduce the risks associated with COVID-19, and using this alongside your revised operational procedures will help to assure your workforce that their health and safety is taken seriously in their return to work.
If you’d like to discuss your facilities management in light of the latest Covid-19 government guidance, please call our team on 01302 340 695.