Reopening Business Premises and Operating Safely Post Lockdown

Commercial Insurance with Julie Heatley-Thomas Senior Account Executive - Prescott Jones

As expectations of a gradual easing of lockdown measures grow, attention is turning to reopening business premises safely.

Measures required will depend on your specific business operations but plan ahead.

Thought should be given to a detailed check of the premises for any obvious damage to the integrity of the buildings themselves. Repairs can be scheduled. These checks should extend to fire and security systems. Consideration must then be given to utilities. Legionella is a risk following lockdown so follow guidance to ensure the water supply is safe.

The need to plan for social distancing and safe infection control measures for staff is an obvious one and completely new working practices may need to be devised with training required. PPE will need to be stocked.

Attention will need to be paid to the safety of visitors. Retail spaces will be redefining the number of customers that can follow 2-metre social distancing within the store, taking into account total floor space as well as likely pinch points and busy areas. Limiting the number of customers at any one time, one way systems etc.

Plant and machinery may not have been run-ning for some time, so consideration must be given to testing for safe running of equipment and any remedial work put in place.

Whatever sector you operate in, there is a wealth of support available. Importantly, keep your insurance company up to date and utilise any support measures such as checklists.

At Prescott Jones, we would be delighted to assist you with specific advice and support.

Prescott Jones Insurance Solutions, Caswell House, 53 Walter Road, Swansea SA1 5PW

Tel: 01792 459898

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