With businesses in London preparing to see more of their staff returning to the workplace over the coming weeks and months, questions are being raised about how to make offices, shops, restaurants and pubs safer from the threat of the invisible virus.

Unsurprisingly, we have witnessed an influx of enquiries and demands from employers regarding what measures are needed to ensure their staff’s safety, and also to comply with the government guidelines. Square Mile’s COVID-19 response team has developed a system targeted at employers and to help support them in managing the return to work scenario with a solution consisting of six practical steps.

The six steps are:

Property inspections – to fully understand what the problem is before you prepare to tackle it.

By deploying a specialist disinfection cleaning service it will help alleviate employees fear and anxiety of infection when returning to work by using an antimicrobial misting service or otherwise known as ‘Fogging’.

Social distancing signage and screens to prevent further spread of the disease.

Body temperature detectors i.e. installing a body temperature measurement system will not only help keep staff safe, but it will also provide them with a significant reassurance that return to work management has been handled with their safety as a top priority.

Safe and secure access for staff – this means that revised business operations may require that you have to close some of your sites, which could therefore require more security, lock replacements, or goods moved to other locations.

Compliance inspections – Don’t just rely on a one-off inspection and installation of products and services, make sure to carry out weekly inspections, including dated image records, to help ensure social distancing measures are being adhered to on your premises. By using specialist software, qualified inspectors can view reports in real time to make them instantly accessible.