Health and safety in workplaces open during coronavirus pandemic

Published: Thursday, 14 May 2020

Northampton Borough Council’s Environmental Health and Licensing team offer advice and guidance to businesses helping them understand how the new health and safety regulations apply to their business.

Following the introduction of wide-ranging restrictions aiming to prevent the spread of the coronavirus there are a number of businesses who are now allowed to reopen, including factories, offices, construction sites, drivers and tradespeople.

Nevertheless, it is important that they reopen safely and support staff and customers to adhere to necessary rules through appropriate measures, including social distancing, good hygiene, enhanced cleaning, shielding employees who are particularly vulnerable to severe illness and supporting employees with symptoms to self-isolate.

The advice from the council can be provided informally or via a legally recognised partnership through the Primary Authority scheme. One of the businesses receiving tailored advice on social distancing and protective measures from council’s Environmental Health and Licensing team is Poundland Limited. The COVID secure measures recommended included reduced staff numbers, floor distance markings to reiterate the 2-meter rule, increased cleansing regimes, the introduction of new perspex screens, virtual monitoring visits, managing customers numbers in and out of stores.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for everyone and we’re doing everything we possibly can to support businesses and help them through these unprecedented times.

“I appreciate how hard it is for businesses that are closed, and in some cases operating very differently, but only by working together, we can defeat this virus.

“I know that the vast majority of individuals and organisations are following the guidance and I would appeal to everyone including the business community to carry on with the great work protecting customers and staff and I encourage everyone who requires further clarification on the new rules to contact our Environmental Health and Licensing team.”

For more information advice and guidance, please contact Council’s Environmental Health and Licensing team at [email protected] or visit Northampton Borough Council's website .