With the Motor Trade sector starting to think about reoccupying their premises, it is essential that they now start planning for this.
Whilst the HSE has said they will take a ‘flexible and proportionate account of the risks and challenges arising from the pandemic’, there is always the possibility of prosecution for those businesses that fail to follow Government advice. Additionally, the HSE may choose to issue prohibition or improvement notices. The potential for employee liability claims also exists if businesses failed in their duty of care to staff.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states that employers must conduct a risk assessment of their activities and premises to identify these potential causes of harm and take steps to reduce the likelihood of this harm occurring.
If you employ five or more members of staff, it is a legal requirement to keep a written record of the main findings of your risk assessment. Even if you have fewer than five members of staff, it’s good practice to document your risk assessments, as this will help you to demonstrate the steps you have taken to create a safe and compliant working environment. You are required to review and update your risk assessment as circumstances change and keeping abreast of Government guidance will therefore be essential.
Three areas a Motor Trade business may want to consider in their plans to reoccupy a premises are:
- Business needs
- Employee issues
- Environmental issues
For full details, click here to download our guide to Workplace Risk Assessments for the Motor Trade.