BSI, in its role as the UK’s National Standards Body, has published new safe working guidelines to help businesses manage a safe return to work from COVID-19 lockdowns.
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 COVID-19.
Comments are invited on Version 1 until 12th June and, working with an Advisory Group, BSI will revise the document 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 to assist easy implementation.
The freely available guidelines use the Plan – Do – Check – Act approach (PDCA). The guidelines provide a framework to enable ongoing continual improvement and ensure the organization responds to changes as the business community learns more about safe working and government requirements evolve.
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/