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Back to work checklist: Are you ready to open for business?

Women cafe owner wearing protective mask stand in counter Covid-19 conceptual


With more and more businesses now allowed to open up, here is  is our checklist to help you ensure that the retired social distancing and safety measures are  in place in your business:


An important first step is to carry out and record a formal risk assessment of opening your business.

  • Identify hazards
  • Assess the risks
  • Control the risks
  • Record your findings
  • Review the controls

Click here for full guidance and Risk Assessment templates.



Only staff who are essential must come on site. For example, they may need to operate specialised machinery. The number of staff coming in should be kept to a minimum.

  • Employees who are in a vulnerable group, including those aged 70 and over, those with specific chronic pre-existing conditions and pregnant womeN,  are strongly advised to follow social distancing guidance and to work from home if at all possible.
  • Coronavirus has meant many people have moved accommodation.Are contact numbers and emergency contact details up to date?
  • Set out clear policies and step by step processes for sickness reporting and sick pay.
  • Ensure there are plenty of handwashing facilities. Soap and water are best, but hand sanitiser as a secondary option where necessary. Tissues should also be provided and staff informed of and encouraged to follow good hygiene practices.

We can help you to find the best products and source stock to meet your needs.

For example, we have products specially tested against coronavirus such as these wipes:



Coronavirus Wet Wipe (Tub Format) Sanisafe 4C Hand & Surface Anti Virul Formulation 33GSM Blue Aquaspun Polypropylene (Recyclable) Sheet Size: 200mm x 200mm 100 Wipes Per Tub. This product has efficacy against several strains of coronavirdae family enveloped viruses in addition to extensive independent testing against gram positive and gram negative bacteria and fungi.

Click here for more information on ordering hygiene and sanitiser products from us to help you stay safe from coronavirus infection.

  • Have a clear written policy and keep all staff up to date about what you are doing to reduce risks of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace.



The key guidance on social distancing is that employers who have people in their offices or on-site should ensure that employees are able, where possible, to maintain a 2-metre distance from others and that they should be able and encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water ideally, for at least 20 seconds.

To facilitate this and ensure staff safety the additional points should be considered.

  • Put up signs to help staff and visitors maintain social distancing.

We have items like this in stock, please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information.

Signage to promote social distancing due to coronavirus

  • Install screens and barriers to separate people where possible
  • Train staff to wash their hands and clothes if they touch someone, for example, after helping someone in an emergency
  • Ensure employees wear face covering safely although there’s no legal requirement to wear it.
  • Close off areas that are not essential
  • Encourage staff to use stairs instead of lifts whenever possible
  • Keep workstations 2 meters apart where possible and have a dedicated space for each team.
  • Sanitise workstations between occupants where people share
  • Rearrange desks to avoid face-to-face working
  • Help people to avoid people passing objects, for example by setting up drop-off points
  • Stagger break times and, if possible, have breaks outdoors or use freed up space from people working remotely to create break areas
  • Cleaning procedures should be scheduled regularly and more frequently throughout the day, even if this means, pausing production to allow staff to wipe down workstations with disinfectant.
  • Check if you need to service or adjust ventilation systems and get advice from your (HVAC) engineer if you’re not sure if they need adjusting.


Entrances and exits

  • stagger arrival and departure times off staff
  • Use as many entrances and exits as you can
  • Use screens in reception areas if possible
  • Mark a one-way flow where possible
  • Deactivate key touch points such as turnstiles, or keep doors open where possible to help ensure people touch things as little as possible.

Where staff cannot stay 2 meters apart, they should:

  • only work together up to 15 minutes at a time
  • wash hands and clean surfaces regularly
  • work side by side or back-to-back rather than face-to-face
  • have fixed teams to minimise exposure


In customer facing areas:

  • use 2 meter floor markings to organise queues
  • have a one-way flow through the site where possible
  • minimise contact when customers are paying, for example by using contactless
  • Provide handwashing stations or hand sanitiser for customers coming in and out.

You can get more advice tailored to your specific business by filling out this online questionnaire:



Fogging machines can be useful equipment to ensure that COVID-19 is completely eradicated from an office, room or holiday let.

They work by expelling a fine, almost invisible mist of disinfectant into the atmosphere which eventually settles on all surfaces including those impossible to reach by conventional methods. The settings can be adjusted to allow for a dry fog which protects textiles and fabrics. 

Regular fogging with an approved disinfectant such a Virosol as will help prevent the cross-infection of viruses such as MRSA, COVID 19 Coronavirus. Please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information about these products.

VS-500 Fogging Machine

To help protect staff and customers  from COVID-19 infection, handwashing dispensers which can also be mounted on floor stands may also be helpful



Please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information about these products.


If you would like up to date information about more products which can help you to open your business safely, we are sending out eshots and will also be sending out an e-shot for the hospitality industry.


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As always our team are here to help you. Please do keep in touch with us and we’ll work with you to support you at this difficult time. Email us at sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 74264.

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