Sara’s blog – Risk Managing the Return to Work

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At the Chambers, we are looking at how we can reopen the office and find out if our members want us to do more face to face meetings – and its tricky. We all need to feel safe – and I have a duty of care to make sure that my team are safe, well supported, and happy to return. And this is what we are finding from all employers as they need to get health and safety right.

With this in mind, Quest, the Chambers’ partner in HR, H&S, tax and legal services, have put together a template Covid-19 risk assessment and management guide for offices. By using the step-by-step guide and completing the assessment you will have everything in place to ensure the safety of your employees, customers, and suppliers.

It covers all the essentials including cleaning, hygiene measures, social distancing, PPE and Covid-19 testing and symptoms. Colour coding in red, yellow and green highlights the severity of risk and helps you to prioritise.

It is designed for you to make a simplified assessment of workplace activities to help you decide on the best methods of controlling the significant risks presented to your workforce, your customers and your business. By following the simple steps in the guide, you will be able to formulate your risk assessment which needs to be shown to staff and displayed to anyone coming to visit your premises. And its free to all Chambers’ members so check out the website for details (see below for details).

Risk management is going to be a significant skill we need to all brush up on so look out for webinars on this soon. And talking of which……

Many businesses are already returning to work and have spent hours thinking about this, so we will be holding a series of webinars and interviews with businesses who have spent time on this and have lessons from which we can learn. We are hoping that Michelin, Alton Towers and some smaller manufacturing and hospitality businesses will take part over the next week. All webinars are available after broadcast in our excellent webinar library.

Whether or not you are a Chambers member, you can use the services of Joe Gill on all HR issues.

Joe is employed through the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Business Growth Hub to provide expertise an all human resource matters to any business in Staffordshire. Joe can be contacted at:

The management guide and risk assessment are available to all members as via the Quest portal. You will need your username and password to access the guides.  Visit

If you need a reminder of your username and password, contact:

For all other enquiries you can call our switchboard on 01782 202222 or call the Stoke and Staffs Growth Hub Helpline on 0300 111 8002. We also have a weekday daily Twitter hour from 11am – 12noon #StaffsChamberChat

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