Back to normality…does your cleaner have Cleaners Insurance?

Listening to the news it is fair to say that returning to normality may be some considerable time away, if at all the voices of doom project! That’s another debate. The pragmatic view is that there will certainly be a new normal, at least in the short term. Business Owners, Shop owners, Restaurant Owners, Offices, Schools and not least Cleaning Companies will all need to learn how to adapt due to the Coronavirus. Sadly, COVID-19 will be with us for some time, if not forever. One thing that is essential if you employ cleaning contractors (or are a cleaning contractor yourself), the correct cleaners insurance should definitely be in place. All parties should have this checked!

Like anything, those business owners who prepare the most will have the best successes in overcoming whatever effects of the virus are thrown in their path. Planning will ensure you have content employees and staff who are confident in being in the workplace (wherever that may be) and able to carry out their duties in a safe environment.

Working remotely, where at all possible is still the message of the day. However, many staff will be required to come back to their workplace and employers in some sectors are starting to apply pressure for this to happen now.

So, if you are an employer, what should you be doing?

  • Carry out COVID-19 Health & Safety Risk Assessment specifically

Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their staff. Many Health & Safety policies will have to be adapted to specifically take into account health & safety in respect of the virus. Employers will have to make sure this is specifically communicated and to each and every employee. There will have to be training put in place to ensure all staff know their responsibilities. This will also need to be signed off by your employees.

Nobody knows the legal ramifications of an employee getting sick at their workplace due to poor Covid-19 targeted Health & Safety Advise by their employer. Plan ahead now & implement the Government advise for when staff return onsite. You can view the government advise here.

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Practical Tips for returning to Work

Limit use of the same equipment by different employee

Make sure they adhere to social distancing

Only allow a limited number into the kitchen area/staff room at any one time

Make sure different staff use different entrances/exit where at all possible

Change shift patterns to reduce the amount of time staff are in the same environment as colleagues

Administer PPE if applicable

Ensure Customer or anyone from outside the workplace know their responsibilities when entering your workplace – this means signs are in place & visible to outsiders.

Failure to implement some of these measures, and you may well find you are on the wrong end of some legal action by employees. One of the most important things an employer can do now if returning to work soon, is get a deep clean carried out by a professional cleaning company at their premises. Before staff return. Make sure it is a reputable cleaning company and check they have cleaners insurance before they entering your premises. This will stand you in good stead with your staff and let them know you are taking matters seriously.

All Employers should consult the government website for updates that they should be specifically integrating into their new workplace…a workplace that will look different to pre-Covid-19. The advise will ensure businesses can operate safely & provide the best information on (not an exhaustive list):

  • What you should know
  • Good practice
  • Social Distancing Principles
  • Shift patterns & staggering processes
  • Staff canteens & rest areas
  • Sick Pay
  • Certifying Absence form work
  • Limiting workplace spread or coronavirus
  • Cleaning & Waste Disposal
  • Handling post & packages
  • Food Safety

Please view some of the above in more details here.

It is important to remember that all Employers do not forget their responsibilities in the workplace. Yes, there may be now more of them, but that doesn’t mean that if something goes wrong you can simply blame the virus. Employers are responsible for all that can be possibly done to reduce risk to staff. Make sure third party contractors are also properly briefed with the new way of doing things. If you have not done so before, check they are insured to be on your premises. If you need any further information on Public Liability Insurance then why not give us a call.

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Bespoke Insurance Schemes & Portfolio Policies available

We can tailor your policy to suit your exact needs to give you complete peace of mind

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Cover available for the buildings while the property is being converted, renovated or extended

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