The Covid 19 Lockdown is not being lifted but it is changing. Sunday saw a statement from the Prime Minister setting out a conditional timetable for restrictions to be eased. Yesterday saw the publication of a plan which puts some flesh on those bones and, later the publication of the Guidance for employers to enable more of the workforce to return to work.
Of course, many manufacturers have been working throughout the crisis, as they have been able to, but the new guidance will inevitably accelerate the trend towards people working in their normal environments – while observing social distancing. Its important to note that the guidance remains that people who can work from home should do so; but the tone and emphasis have changed.
In total guidance has been published for seven different types of working environment. Those that are most likely to be of relevance to MTA members are those for Office environments, Factories and other industrial setting and Labs and Research Facilities. There is substantial overlap between the documents. All three documents are available to download here.
Compiling a Risk Assessment is a big part of returning to work and advice from the Health and Safety Executive is available here. The Government has taken the decision not to put in place a detailed framework with which all companies have to comply but has instead produced something more flexible to enable companies to work out, with their employees, what works for them. All companies employing more than five people will have to do a risk assessment and companies employing more than 50 people will be expected to publish those assessments on their websites.
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