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As the UK enters a three-week period of significant restrictions over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, leading safety and compliance expert Bureau Veritas has released a new Emergency Preparedness Pack to help businesses respond rapidly to the growing risks of this global pandemic.
document has been created to help businesses identify and address the risk
factors that coronavirus presents to their employees, business operations and
current government guidelines
on the outbreak, the pack highlights immediate action that can be taken in each
area. This ranges from implementing a ‘social distancing’ rota system, for
industries that cannot adopt remote working, to identifying whether some
service users are from vulnerable groups thus will need special arrangements.
The launch of the Emergency Preparedness Pack comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week brought in strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus, urging people to stay at home wherever possible, and only leaving the house in very limited circumstances, including travelling to and from work only “where this is absolutely necessary”1.
” Emergency Preparedness Pack comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week brought in strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus “
Smith, UK Chief Executive at Bureau Veritas UK, said: “We’ve created our
Emergency Preparedness Pack to help businesses deal with the unique challenges
presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is simply uncharted territory for
societies facing widespread disruption. The pack details the most common risk
factors and how these can be addressed through immediate and tangible action.
the situation and government guidance evolving on an almost daily basis, we are
likely to see more and more sectors join leisure and retail in virtually
overhauling their operations overnight. In such cases, it’s pertinent to
consider how to minimise risks to property assets by effectively shutting down
equipment, managing business continuity plans and the occupational health of
staff working from home.
with the public and businesses alike on high-alert as this pandemic continues
to unfold, now is the time to consistently review, adapt and spearhead new ways
of working. This will not only help to save lives but stand firms in good stead
to resume ‘business as usual’ when the time comes.”
to Bureau Veritas, its new emergency recommendations also sets out how firms
can manage and maintain compliance in current circumstances, particularly
statutory compliance across their organisations in areas including electrical
safety, certification, asbestos, indoor air and water quality, and fire safety.
adds: “As we enter what will no doubt be a prolonged period of uncertainty,
this guide also offers practical advice on maintaining compliance in key areas
likely to be affected due to a halt on testing, inspections and certification,
particularly in vulnerable areas such as hospitals and care homes. At Bureau
Veritas, we’re closely following government and HSE guidance on this and where
possible, we will continue to assist clients remotely and on site where it’s
essential, appropriate and safe.”
find out more about Bureau Veritas’ Emergency Preparedness Pack, call 0345 600 1828 or visit: https://share.hsforms.com/4992274/29d2c16a-fd56-4ed0-a9cb-56e2984c9861.
Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), delivering high-quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection, and social responsibility. As a trusted partner, Bureau Veritas offers innovative solutions that go beyond simple compliance with regulations and standards, reducing risk, improving performance and promoting sustainable development. Bureau Veritas is recognised and accredited by major national and international organizations and works across a wide range of industries worldwide.
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