Following the UK Gov 5 steps to working safely

THE FOREST INDUSTRY STANDARD

Following the UK Gov 5 steps to working safely

05 Jun 2020

Practical actions for businesses to take based on 5 main steps

Make sure you read all the guides relevant to your workplace (UK Gov/HSE/FISA).

1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment

Before restarting work you should ensure the safety of the workplace by:

  • carrying out a risk assessment in line with the FISA/HSE guidance
  • consulting with your workers
  • sharing the results of the risk assessment with your workforce

2. Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures

You should increase the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning by:

  • encouraging people to follow the guidance on hand washing and hygiene
  • providing hand sanitiser around the workplace, in addition to washrooms/welfare
  • frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
  • enhancing cleaning for busy areas
  • setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets (FISA guidance gives information on cleaning)
  • providing hand drying facilities – either paper towels or electrical dryers

3. Help people to work from home

Where applicable, you should take all reasonable steps to help people work from home by:

  • discussing home working arrangements – this can include encouraging workers to go direct to site from home (avoiding unnecessary journeys to offices)
  • ensuring they have the right equipment, for example remote access to work systems
  • including them in all necessary communications
  • looking after their physical and mental wellbeing

4. Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible

Where possible, you should maintain 2m between people by:

  • putting up signs to remind workers and visitors of social distancing guidance
  • avoiding sharing workstations/avoid sharing vehicles/machines
  • using floor tape or paint to mark areas to help people keep to a 2m distance
  • arranging one-way traffic through the workplace if possible
  • limiting access to the welfare unit to one at a time
  • switching to seeing visitors by appointment only if possible

5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk

Where it’s not possible for people to be 2m apart, you should do everything practical to manage the transmission risk by:

  • considering whether an activity needs to continue for the business to operate
  • keeping the activity time involved as short as possible
  • using screens or barriers to separate people from each other
  • using back-to-back or side-to-side working whenever possible
  • staggering arrival and departure times
  • reducing the number of people each person has contact with by using ‘fixed teams or partnering’

For more information, view the FISA Covid guidance here 

And for regional Gov advice please visit the following Gov websites: