BSI publishes Safe Working Guidelines, invites input

Standards body, BSI has published new safe working guidelines to help businesses manage a safe return to work and facilities post-lockdown.

Version one provides a framework for business owners, senior leaders, managers and workers to protect people at work from the ongoing risks related to the coronavirus. Comments are invited on this version until 12th June.

The group said will revise the document as frequently as necessary to reflect the dynamic situation, and will be aligned with government guidance.

A second version of the guidelines will be published at the end of June with the revised sections highlighted to assist easy implementation.

Scott Steedman, director of Standards at BSI said, “Since the UK government announced gradual easing of the lockdown, business leaders across the country have been taking steps to ensure that their working environment is safe. Now it is imperative that they come together to achieve their shared goal.

“Our role as the National Standards Body is to bring people together so they can share their expertise and knowledge and agree what good practice looks like. Together we can help to make the working environment safe for all.”

The freely available guidelines use the Plan, Do, Check, Act approach and feature advice on such features as one-way systems in corridors, stairways and other common areas; and implementation processes for staggered arrival and departure times to reduce crowding at entry and exit points.

Interested parties may download version one here, and also submit feedback by the 12th June 2020.

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