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In such unprecedented and challenging times, and with so much uncertainty business continuity planning is an absolute essential means to help manage the situation. We are endeavouring to follow Government updates and industry guidelines with specific focus on what our professional bodies such as IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) are disseminating to it's members. Clearly at this time we should be using the hierarchy of controls to manage risk and keep workers safe. As professional Occupational Safety and Health practitioners we strongly advise that using the hierarchy of controls and the risk assessment process can help mitigate risk and keep workers safe. There is also a need to in such continuity planning to follow the hierarchy of control measures (see below) so that social distancing is a the most effective and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) should be the last resort. Furthermore, whilst we aim to promote social distancing it is likely that your workforce will be working from home and possibly on shifts so to reduce the number of personnel in the office or site locations, so training and the up skill of employees may prove an essential resource to mange the situation onward.
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This table provides the detail on how to manage risk by the most effective method that promotes eliminating the risk if possible, possible substitution and control measures.