UK safe working guidelines published

London, UK: UK national standards body, BSI, has published safe working guidelines to help businesses manage a return to work.

The guidelines are intended to become a consensus of good practice and BSI encourages business to share learnings and insight on safe working.

Version 1 of the guidelines is available for immediate use. It provides a framework for business owners, senior leaders, managers and workers to protect people at work from the ongoing risks related to the coronavirus.

Comments are invited on Version 1 until 12 June by following two simple steps.

BSI will revise the document as necessary to reflect the dynamic situation businesses are in today, taking into account the comments, government guidance, the level of risk and emerging knowledge. A second Version of the guidelines will be published at the end of June with the revised sections clearly highlighted.

Scott Steedman, director of standards, BSI said, “Since the UK government announced gradual easing of the lockdown, business leaders across the country have been taking steps to ensure that their working environment is safe. Now it is imperative that they come together to achieve their shared goal.

“Our role as the national standards body is to bring people together so they can share their expertise and knowledge and agree what good practice looks like. Together we can help to make the working environment safe for all.”

The guidelines include examples in relation to workplaces such as:
• Plan one-way systems in corridors, stairways and other common areas and taking other actions to mitigate the risks where this is not possible
• Do implement processes to stagger arrival and departure times to reduce crowding at entry and exit points
• Check how effective safety measures and controls are
• Act to take immediate actions to improve or change safety measures and controls that are not effective

To download Version 1, have your say on the safe working guidelines and/or sign-up to be alerted for the latest versions visit: https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/topics/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-guidelines/  

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