Building on formal guidance issued by UK Government, BSI has developed a guidance document to assist organizations as they adjust the way they work, to protect workers and other people in their workplace from the ongoing risks related to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
The current pandemic has fundamentally shifted the way people live and work. The ‘lockdown’ that many countries and their populations have been facing has meant a rethink of what was previously considered normal. Capturing the lessons learned as we progress through the phases of the pandemic is crucial. Whilst economic considerations are important, the fundamental principle of protecting human life underpins all economic recovery.
All organizations face questions from their customers, stakeholders, suppliers, investors and the general public. The most important stakeholders for the success of an organization however, are the workers. In order to provide reassurance to all interested parties, protect an organization’s reputation and build confidence, planning is crucial.
This document is not a formal standard, but a set of guidelines, developed at pace, using an agile process. The first version of the guidelines has been reviewed by an expert advisory group. This document will be revised frequently to reflect the dynamic situation, taking into account comments from users, government guidance, the level of risk and emerging knowledge.
Each version of this document will be available on BSI’s website to provide ongoing guidance to business owners, managers, workers and other users as they deal with the complexities of this changing situation. Each version will be complete and ready to use, and may be cited by its version number. You can sign up to be alerted to subsequent versions of the document.
Although this document incorporates UK Government guidance, the information and recommendations within it are generally applicable to any organization that needs to manage the risks related to COVID-19, regardless of location.
Version 1 is now available to download.