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How To Look After Your Staff During Coronavirus

Running a small or independent business comes with all kinds of challenges small and large. The main focus at the moment if you’re a business owner still trading is how to keep your staff, and yourself, safe during COVID-19.

As an employer, it’s important to follow precautions and take on responsibility when it comes to keeping your workforce safe.

Measures Employers Need To Take To Keep Staff Safe:

  • Make sure there are clean places to wash hands with hot water and soap. Encouragement should be enforced so that everyone washes their hands regularly.
  • Provide hand sanitizer and tissues for staff.
  • Make sure staff are social distancing if they are coming into the workplace. Ensuring to stay at least 2m away from each other.
  • Hold meetings via video call or phone call and avoid travel as much as possible.
  • Keep staff up to date with the latest government advice through sending emails or other messaging services, or via a notice board at work.
  • Keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure at work.
  • Make sure managers are aware of symptoms of Coronavirus and are clear on relevant processes, for example, sickness reporting and sick pay, in case someone in the workplace shows symptoms of the virus.
  • Be extremely cautious with vulnerable groups such as over 70’s, pregnant women and people with underlying health issues.

If someone in the workplace shows signs of symptoms instruct them to go home immediately and use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

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If you’d like more information on which businesses should not operate and which business can operate, please visit the Guidance on Closing certain businesses and venues GOV.co.uk website.

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