Why Is a Return to Work Audit essential as rules are relaxed?

by Oct 9, 2021All Posts, WH&S

As businesses start to relax after COVID-19 restrictions and employees return to work, businesses need to conduct thorough return to work audits.

Like it or not, things are going to be different after COVID-19 for businesses, employees, and customers across Australia. Until we have an effective immunization or vaccination program in place, businesses will need to reevaluate their processes and procedures.

The easiest way to understand how COVID-19 restrictions will affect your business is through a thorough Return To Work Audit. We already understand the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing and practicing effective basic hygiene, but is your business setup capable of handling these changes?

A thorough Return To Work audit of your business will help you to identify and assess how ready your employees are to return to work, how your business handles customer interaction, and any changes you’ll need to make. You’ll also be able to put in place Return To Work protocols, and procedures on what to do if or when someone gets sick.

What should your Return To Work audit focus on?

Your Return To Work audit should focus on the following factors:

  • What procedures or physical barriers have you put in place for minimizing the interaction between customers entering the business and your staff?
  • What changes do you need to make to minimize contact between employees?
  • Are their adequate handwashing stations in place, and do employees have a basic hygiene procedure to follow?
  • What are the protocols for an employee that is sick or displaying any COVID-19 symptoms?
  • If there is an outbreak of sickness, what are the procedures put in place to track employees?
  • Do you have through disinfection or sanitization procedures in place for high traffic areas, like counters, handrails, toilets, kitchens, or break rooms?

Any new protocols need to be written down and clearly articulated to all team members. If they affect your customers as well it’s important to display them clearly where members of the public have access, whether it’s on your front door, front counter, or desks.

Once you have a clearer picture of what’s happening, what needs to be changed or implemented, and what you should do if the worst happens and someone gets sick, your business will be better prepared to face the upcoming challenges.

Need help preparing a Return To Work audit? Contact us today! Call us any time on 1800 577 515, or schedule an appointment at https://calendly.com/adrian-ahr/30min

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