Following the announcement by the Government on 10 May 2020 guidance has now been published to give some clarity on how and when businesses may start to re-commence trading and possibly opening their premises.

For official Government guidance:

  • For employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic – 8 guides cover a range of different types of work: see here.
  • Working safely during coronavirus for shops and branches: see here.

Our Insurer partners have also started to provide helpful risk management guidance for businesses which are restarting in light of the Government’s initial roadmap to exiting lockdown.

How does this affect Munro-Greenhalgh Limited?

We take the Health & Safety of our staff and customers as a top priority and will continue providing the high levels of customer service you’d expect from us. For this reason for the time being we will continue to operate a working from home policy for the vast majority of our team who are able to do so.

We are here to help so please continue to speak to and email your normal contacts – see here for details.

Don’t forget we can still ‘meet’ with you using Zoom, Skype, Google Duo, Face time, Teams etc. Don’t hesitate to challenge us to use this technology!

Risk Management Guides to recommencing businesses and opening premises

Many businesses will now be looking to reopen after temporarily shutting down or reducing operations as a result of Coronavirus – this will introduce certain risks and hazards that each business needs to be aware of.

Two of key Insurer Partners, Allianz and AXA have now produced guides to assist you in identifying and mitigating such risks. These include advice and information on reviewing your existing risk assessments, premises inspections and emergency response procedures. The AXA guidance is useful as this also breaks the advice between different business sectors.

Please see:

Allianz Insurance: Covid19 – Restarting your Business

AXA Insurance: Business Support – Back to Business

The top 10 tips from Allianz include: –

  1. Review existing risk assessments and actions.
  2. Undertake a thorough inspection of your site.
  3. Review emergency response procedures.
  4. Allow enough time in your planning to re-commission previously shut down machinery.
  5. Complete and reinstate any inspection, testing and maintenance procedures.
  6. Ensure your employees have the competence and capability for the work activities to be carried out.
  7. Make sure you have competent persons to verify all protection / detection systems are in service and functioning correctly.
  8. Carry out enhanced cleaning.
  9. Observe and enforce Covid 19 workplace restrictions in line with government regulations and guidance.
  10. Review your business continuity plan.

We hope the above and information published by Allianz and AXA may assist you. However, if you are in any doubt and wish to discuss your specific business operations please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you.