Blog: How to Stay Alert at Work
12th May 2020
Governments around the world are signalling that a progressive return to work is now acceptable. Whilst a broad framework has been provided, as always, it will be down to the leaders of business to determine what that means in practice.
As a leader – what do you already have in place that can support you?
- A widely understood risk assessment process.
- Access to competent H&S support.
- A mechanism for checking that your risk controls are working.
- A culture where raising concerns is positively received and responded to.
As a leader – who do you need to consult and communicate with?
- Speaking regularly with your direct team will be essential to create, launch and monitor your updated work practices.
- Your workforce, as always will provide valuable insights as to how work activities can be conducted safely – make sure you ask them.
- Use your trusted H&S advisor to guide and support and monitor that new work practices are being conducted safely.
- Communicate frequently and clearly as to what is required and what has been achieved.
- Share good news as a basis for building confidence that work can be conducted safely.
What should be the core of your response?
- Risk management at a company level to look at everything that must be considered in one place, to support prioritisation and allocation of resources.
- Risk assessment at the practical level to determine who can be at work, how to maintain social distancing and how to achieve good personal hygiene.
- Risk Assessment of psychological risks of a return to work.
Where can you find the supporting information might you need?
There are very good sources of information:
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