Following the announcement by the Government on 10 May 2020 and over the last few days 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 roadmap to exiting lockdown.

How does this affect Munro-Greenhalgh Limited?

Following the outbreak of Coronavirus and throughout the lock down period Munro-Greenhalgh has implemented our contingency plans – we have and will continue to help and service our clients. All our staff continue to be employed but working from their respective homes.

Like all businesses we are also assessing the risks of returning staff to our office with the hope of recommencing ‘normal’ or ‘new-normal’ operations.

For the time being usually at least one of our Directors are in the offices between the hours of 8.00am to 3.00pm, however, our office remains closed to outside visitors – without a prior appointment or agreement.

Client visits will recommence when it is safe to do so – for you and our staff. 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!

Our main number of 01706 824023 continues but don’t forget you may find it easier to communicate with us via email, direct dial or mobile telephone – please see here for contact details of individual staff and their roles.

As always we hope you all remain stay safe and well.

Risk Management Guides to recommencing businesses and opening premises – UPDATED

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.

The majority of our key Insurer Partners have now provided useful guidance to help our clients 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. Below are links for you to access this information. The AXA guidance is particularly useful as this also provides specific advice between different business sectors – this has recently been expanded and updated.

Please see:

Allianz: Covid19 – Restarting your Business

AXA: Business Support – Back to Business

Aviva: Covid-19 Loss Prevention Standards

Royal & Sun Alliance: Covid-19 Pre-start up checks

NIG: Covid-19 Risk Assist Reactivation Toolkit

Zurich: Building Reopening Risk Management Guidance

Ecclesiastical: COVID-19 secure: getting back to work after lockdown

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 information will 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.