Wednesday 13 May 2020

A message of support from ASBCI member, Chadwick Lawrence

The Government is now “actively encouraging” employees to return to work where it is not possible carry out their role from home. Workplaces are gradually reopening, and businesses are now starting to plan for further easing of lockdown measures over the next few weeks and months.

Whilst our employment team has been advising in areas such as homeworking, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and general restructuring, we are now offering specific support on how you can safely reopen your premises and re-integrate employees back into the workplace, through our specialist Regulatory team.

Compliance is particularly important at this time. The Government is keen to stress the need to undertake detailed risks assessments in consultation with workers, and there is an expectation that businesses employing more than 50 staff will publish these assessments on their website. The Health and Safety Executive will receive £14m in additional funding to manage employee concerns and increase the frequency of spot-checking audits.

Our support covers:

  • Initial application of sector-specific guidance to your business;
  • Audit of your workplace and report on safety measures that will need to be put in place;
  • Survey of your staff to identify problem areas, potential working patterns, temporary adjustments and safety arrangements;
  • Advice on the consultation process required by the government with staff and government signage requirements;
  • Working from home safety pack;
  • Return to business pack including checklists and risk assessments on Covid-19;
  • Telephone support on returns to work/individual cases;
  • Updates on changes/revisions to guidance;
  • Further auditing of measures.


Our scheme covers all aspects of your business and we can advise businesses who have those working from home as well as multiple onsite/off site functions.

Please let us know if this is something you would like to discuss further and we will put you in touch with one of the team.

Nicholas Worsnop

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