The below focuses on UK government guidelines.
At Illingworth Research Group we can confirm that we have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 and have adopted a 4 point plan to ensure the safety of our employees and those visiting our premises.
- Illingworth Research Group’s COVID-19 Risk Assessment meets the UK Government’s guidelines.
- Safe ways of working and social distancing processes have been successfully established at our Macclesfield head offices.
- Safety measures include implementation of one-way systems where possible, additional hygiene measures and provisions and spacing of desks to ensure a 2m distance.
- A dedicated Coronavirus Response Team has been set up to manage our response and advise the business on best practise.
Illingworth Research Group Ltd published its COVID-19 risk assessment to relevant staff on 26th May 2020. The results of this assessment demonstrates that the business fully complies with Government guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19.
The risk assessment identifies all control measures in place to manage the risk of the virus and has been issued to all colleagues required to attend head office, where a Government issued poster will be displayed to confirm that the business is following the set guidelines. The findings of our risk assessment will be displayed on our website following Government direction that all employers with more than 50 employees will need to publish their findings.
Illingworth Research Group Ltd has adopted a ‘business as usual with caveats’ approach during the pandemic and has supported staff with working from home as much as possible since the lockdown restrictions began. During June 2020 we will be adopting a phased return to the office with some of our colleagues returning safely as part of our overall returning to the workplace plan. This plan will ensure our comprehensive hygiene and social distancing guidelines are followed by all office workers.
Our risk assessment contains the five distinct categories required by the government: clear cleaning, hand-washing and hygiene procedures in place which will also be displayed at each handwashing facility using signage; facilitating a continued home working policy where feasible; maintaining social distancing on site of 2 metres between staff at all times and use of one way systems; a management plan to mitigate the transmission risk aided by our Coronavirus Response Team; and the results of the assessment communicated with staff who will be attending head office and published on our website.
Commenting on the measures that have been put in place to allow staff to return to the workplace safely, Eleri Davies, Director of Human Resources, said: “From the start of the pandemic, the business’ main objective was to ensure the safety of our colleagues, clients, patients and their families. The Coronavirus Response Team was created as soon as the UK needed to make changes in its business practices as per government advice, and we have successfully managed our response to the virus whilst also maintaining business continuity. The risk assessment findings will ensure all staff feel safe and confident about a managed return to the workplace over the coming months”
These robust measures will ensure Illingworth staff, their families and our clients stay as safe as possible at all times. Furthermore, an enhanced cleaning routine, stringent measures to control the number of staff who will attend the office and clear guidance communicated to the workforce will limit the risk of infection. Our response team will continue to review our position and plans and any further updates will be published in due course.