Ready to reopen? Don't forget your risk assessment

26 May 2020

Independent retailers will only be able to open from June 15 if they have completed the required risk assessment, the Government has warned.

The advice follows last night’s announcement that non-essential retailers will be able to open again following the countrywide lockdown which started on March 23, 2020.

The risk assessment will need to be completed in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and businesses must be confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation.

Bira has been consulted as part of the Government’s efforts to put the guidance together. It includes:

  • Placing a poster in their windows to demonstrate awareness of the guidance and commitment to safety measures,
  • Storing returned items for 72 hours before putting them back out on the shop floor
  • Placing protective coverings on large items touched by the public such as beds or sofas
  • Frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, including self-checkouts, trolleys and coffee machines.

Andrew Goodacre, Bira’s CEO, said: "Bira is pleased with the guidance being given to retail outlets.

"It provides a broad framework for the basic measures and still allows the retailer to be flexible according to the size, layout and location of the shop.

"This guidance will ensure that independent retailers provide safe environments for employees and customers."

Need some more help with risk assessments? Download Bira Legal’s checklist here

The Government is also running free webinars for retailers to help them become Covid-secure. Register for tickets here

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