This page may not be accurate, latest service updates can be found on our dedicated COVID-19 section.
In order to continue to move through the phases of the Route Map, there is a responsibility for everyone to continue to comply with Covid-19 control measures to minimise the risk of transmission:
Businesses operators must take a responsible attitude to these vital health protection rules and should look critically at their operations to ensure they take all reasonable measures so that workers and anyone else on the premises stay at least 2m from each other.
As well as Coronavirus Legislation, business operators have further legal obligations to protect their staff under health and safety legislation, which must also be complied with.
Please see the following link for Health and Safety advice relating to Coronavirus in the workplace.
You can also refer to the HSE's step-by-step guide detailed in their Making your workplace Covid-secure page for businesses preparing to re-open. This guide covers: risk assessment, talking with workers, PPE, cleaning and hygiene. We also have some tips for businesses preparing to reopen.
Planning for a restart to be a joint effort between employers and employees with both parties fully contributing as part of an ongoing commitment to work together in ensuring a safe workplace. A risk based approach should be followed to protect health and safety of employees and ensure safe working practices which are essential to ensure businesses can effectively restart and trade through the phases.
Five Top Tips for a successful and safe re-start:
1. Employees and Risk Assessment
Engage with your staff and review your risk assessments together:
2. Utility Services
Ensure utility services (e.g. gas, electricity or water supplies) are safe for re-opening. Water stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing risk of Legionnaires disease. Review risk assessment and manage Legionella risks before you re-start using:
There must be an adequate supply of fresh air (ventilation) in enclosed areas of your workplace. Identify poorly ventilated areas and maximise ventilation by:
4. Hand Hygiene and Cleaning
Provide enough alcohol based hand gel stations throughout the business for employees and customers to maintain cleans hands. Important to maintain clean hands throughout the working day.
Design a cleaning schedule and train staff on its implementation. Include:
5. Prepare for Physical Distancing
You are required to keep a 2 metre physical distance between all persons to minimise COVID-19 transmission. Remember to identify pinch points and busy areas.
Consider how you will:
It is important that those in charge of a business put their own control measures in place to keep their staff, customers and visitors safe while on their premises; this is required by law. It is also important that staff implement these controls in order for them to be effective.
The Scottish Government also produced supplementary guidance for businesses; this includes sector specific advice which can be found in the businesses and employers section.
Below are some examples of the control measures that have been used and been found to be effective in keeping people safe:
It is important that employers introduce control measures that are suitable for their business type, premises, workforce and customers.
Environmental Health has powers to deal with businesses that do not follow Coronavirus restrictions. Our approach aims to achieve compliance through engagement, explanation and encouragement with enforcement as a last resort. We are here to help everyone comply with this new law.
We understand the difficulties business operators are currently facing and the work involved in developing and implementing these additional systems. We would urge businesses to make use of this service if they are unsure of their obligations.
We can help businesses get it right and ensure they fully understand what they are supposed to do. This will help us engage with them and help them continue to trade by following the rules.
Please contact the team by email at email@example.com or phone 01259 450000 and request to speak to Environmental Health.
For all council service updates relating to Coronavirus, please refer to our Coronavirus section.
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000