Develop a Business Continuity Plan
A business continuity plan (BCP) can help minimise the impact of a pandemic on your business. Good communication between employers, employees, unions, suppliers and clients is vital to creating a good plan.
Manage your staff
An influenza manager can manage rosters, ensure that staff with symptoms are sent home and monitored, facilitate remote working and manage sick leave issues - reducing the risk of infection spreading in your workplace.
Fresh air ventilation (windows) or mechanical ventilation (well maintained air conditioning systems) reduces the likelihood of a person being infected by a person somewhere else in the vicinity.
Many staff can work just as productively from home, or other places remote from the workplace - reducing the risk of infection by people working closely together.
Train your staff
Effective training in personal hygiene, social distancing; and correct fitting, use and disposal of Personal Protective Equipment will determine how confident your staff and customers are about your control measures.
Shop on the internet
Workplaces can greatly reduce their chances of coming into contact with an infection by removing the need for customers to enter their premises. Online trading supported by a goods delivery service may be appropriate.
Practice good hygiene
Even people who do not have obvious symptoms may be capable of passing on an infection by coughs, sneezes or touch. Good hygiene practice such as washing and drying hands, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve and covering food can reduce the chances of this happening.
Screens can enable businesses to provide face to face customer service where necessary - without the risk of exposure to an infection. A good example of this arrangement is night windows in service stations.
Increase social distancing
When people are further apart they have less chance of transferring an infection.