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How to Reopen Your Business Safely Following a Closure

How to Reopen Your Business Safely Following a Closure

Date: 11th January 2021 | By: Claire Malley | Categories: Coronavirus, Food Safety, Health and Safety

reopen your businessBefore you reopen your business you must ensure your employees, visitors and customers are safe. We review the key steps you need to consider following a closure due to a period of lockdown.

Reopen Your Business | Key Steps

  • 1. You will need to review existing risk assessments, carry out new risk assessments and put into place control measures to keep people safe.
  • 2. Ensure that any essential, necessary works, maintenance and testing is carried out. When using contractors, ensure that they are safe when working on your premises. It is essential that both the contractor and you communicate with each other and work together if there are any concerns and decide between you on the control measures that are needed to be put into place.
  • 3. If it has not been done already, ensure that the water system has been tested first. It is better to let water run through taps/showers etc. regularly to reduce the risk of legionella and other bacteria building up in the water system.
  • 4. Identify all the necessary equipment and installations that may have missed their planned preventative maintenance, inspection, test or thorough examination during closure. You will need to ensure that they are maintained, tested, inspected or examined by a competent person before being put back into use.

Examples of equipment and installations include:

  • Lift and Lifting Equipment
  • Pressure Systems
  • Gas Equipment and Installations
  • Electrical Equipment and Installations
  • Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems
  • Guarding
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Fire Extinguishers

Food Premises | Key Steps

Its essential when reopening any food premises to also consider the following:

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