While restrictions have been lifted, COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important that we remain cautious. By practicing key behaviours, salons and barbershops can continue to protect their staff and customers, and reduce the spread of Covid-19 spreading in the workplace.
To support with this, the Working Safely guidance (see web address at the bottom of this message) has been updated.
Set out below is some priority actions.
1. Review your business’s risk assessment; ensuring Covid is covered, whilst also considering the reasonable adjustments needed for staff and customers with disabilities. Share it with all your staff. Keep it updated.
2.Provide adequate ventilation where possible to help blow Covid-19 particles away. By letting fresh- air into your workplace, you can help manage the risk of Covid-19.
3. Clean regularly, especially surfaces that people touch a lot. It is still a good idea to ask your staff and your customers to use hand sanitiser and to clean their hands frequently.
4. You must let staff self-isolate when they are legally required to having been contacted direct by NHS Track and Trace. If you know that a worker is self-isolating, you must not allow them to come to work. It’s an offence to do this.
5. Communicate and train. Keep all your workers, contractors and visitors up-to-date on how you’re using and updating safety measures.
In addition to the priority actions, there are several things you can do that will support in keeping your business safe:
• Encourage the use of facemasks.
• Social distancing guidance no longer applies, but you should consider measures you can put in place where possible, to reduce contact between people.
For further guidance and advice visit gov.uk/workingsafely