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If and when you are preparing to return to the office, it is important that you do so in a way that meets your health & safety obligations and the government’s guidance on working safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There’s a lot of information out there

Without wanting to duplicate official guidance, we thought it might be helpful to give you a checklist of tasks and resources you will need to get on top of, before your return to the office.

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  1. Read the official guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments – Decide which parts of the guidance is relevant to your firm and implement
  2. Firms in Wales should read the Welsh Government guidance for employers and businesses
  3. Read the acas guidance on returning to the workplace
  4. Consider this Occupational Health checklist for relevance to your business
  5. Conduct a returning to work risk assessment – see for example the CIPD template
  6. Consider the employment law implications of asking people to return to work – for example, dealing with redundancy, and those who have been furloughed or may be nervous to return. Some useful issues to consider are raised in this Wired article
  7. Decide whether a returning to work policy is required – a simple starting point is here
  8. Ensure your existing office suppliers can satisfy any additional safety and sanitising equipment required by your risk assessment – the supply chain may become stretched
  9. Make plans for alternative arrangements to business travel on public transport – this might include researching and signing up to more robust and secure video conferencing facilities, or a pool of fleet vehicles.
  10. Evaluate your IT requirements – with more people likely to work from home do you have the available laptops, hosted desktops, and other security measures in place? Eight top security tips for home working here
  11. Liaise with landlords about their requirements for using the building, and their plans for any communal spaces
  12. Ensure that the business continuity plan is updated to plan for a second lockdown – what lessons were learned? What do you need to do to lessen the impact? Is there sufficient cover for key people in the business? Free template to get started here
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