All Plan B COVID-19 measures have been lifted and employers are being encouraged to return to physical workplaces, with civil servants leading by example. As offices fill back up and commuter hubs surge with activity, we need to make sure that everyone is kept safe.
While vaccine use and exposure to the virus have given much of the population the antibodies necessary to fight off the COVID-19 virus with mild or no symptoms, there are still many who are vulnerable to its worst effects. Those who are able to enjoy a return to normalcy must not forget those who still can’t.
This means doing what we can to keep case numbers under control through sufficient cleaning, good hand hygiene and adequate ventilation – all of which are covered when carrying out a COVID-19 risk assessment, which is still mandatory for all employers.
A generic risk assessment is not specific or detailed enough to be suitable for assessing COVID-19 risk. COVID-19 risk assessments must consider the latest safe working guidance and include dialogue with workers. If you want to make sure you get it right, we offer COVID-19 risk assessments provided by trained health and safety and security officers.
Mask wearing, however, is no longer required by law. From our professional perspective, we would still recommend that masks are utilised where appropriate, as they are a low-inconvenience measure for reducing virus transmission, especially for those working in high risk roles.
How workplaces evolve during our transition out of the pandemic remains to be seen but hopefully the rush to return to the office does not undo the quality of life gains enjoyed by people previously excluded from or inconvenienced by traditional workplaces.
Whether you are returning to an office or moving in to a new one, this is the perfect opportunity to reassess the risks in your workplace and arrange the security services required to mitigate them.
The exact package you need can be determined through a security risk assessment, though there are a few security services that we know are favourites amongst our corporate clients:
Don’t forget to do your due diligence for threats on the virtual side of your business as well as the physical. Cyber attacks can be significantly reduced through educating your staff on how to identify and contain threats through programmes such as our Cyber Security Training service.
Whether coronaviruses or computer viruses, cyber criminals or burglars, corporate espionage or internal theft, the modern office faces many threats. But with a thorough risk assessment, a bespoke security package and the right team managing it, your office can be a safe and productive place to work. To book your no-obligation security risk assessment call us now on 0800 772 3786.
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