Covid 19 Risk Assesment

 

Risk Assessment for: COVID 19 Pandemic

 

Setting the Scene: AW Champion Ltd are timber merchants that supply a broad range of essential materials primarily to the building/construction industry through their Branches located in Surrey and Kent. 

Operations include: Importing, Milling, Warehousing, Sales, Vehicle loading/unloading, Customer deliveries, Collected sales by customers from Branches, Buying, Accounts, HR, IT Support services, Marketing and Transport.

This document aims to identify risks arising from the current COVID 19 pandemic and identify those at risk, controls in place and any further required actions. This assessment will also be supported with further branch specific documents if additional local controls are found to be necessary. As currently closed Branches are planned to re-open or there is further Government guidance this risk assessment will be updated as necessary.

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Company name:

AW Champion Ltd

Date of initial assessment:

14/04/2020

Assessment carried out by:

Glen Murphy, Mark Stevens

Last reviewed:

12/02/2021

Assessment index number:

RA/GE/AB/014

Branch:

All branches and operations

 

What are the hazards?

Who might be harmed and how?

What are you already doing?

What further action do you need to take?

Risk rating

Who needs to carry out the action?

When is the action needed by?

Done

Exposure to COVID 19 Virus. Potential transmission of virus adding to current pandemic.

All Champion Timber staff whether office, mill, sales yard or delivery based.

All visitors to branches, delivery drivers, customers, maintenance and cleaning contractors.

Customers receiving deliveries to site or private addresses.

All of the above may contract the virus through airborne bacterial spread or by touching a contaminated surface. The severity of the virus is variable and may result in minor flu-like symptoms but in some cases may be serious and fatal. Those with pre-existing health issues are at higher risk of developing serious outcomes and are considered within the following controls.

  • All Branches are fully open with local controls to manage distancing and number of customers on site.

  • Monitor government guidance and act in accordance with any changes to recommended control measures.

Low

Directors

Ongoing

  • Staff have been identified where tasks can be completed from home and this has been actioned.

  • Continue monitoring staff wellbeing and ensure reporting of staff health that may require self-isolation.

Low

HR Business Partner

Ongoing

  • Staff that have been identified as vulnerable or at risk have been prioritised to enable self-isolation.

  • Advise home working staff on PC hygiene controls.

Low

HR Business Partner

Ongoing

  • Office staff that cannot work from home have been re-positioned to operate in line with social distancing guidance.

  • Work positions to be audited and enforced as necessary.

Low to medium

Operations Director

Ongoing

  • Operational staff are instructed to operate wherever possible in line with social distancing guidance (Min 2m separation) via one way systems, signage, self -distancing badges and limited access to break areas.

  • Continue to re-enforce that distancing is being observed effectively.

  • Regularly audit operational Branches to identify further improvements e.g. screens and further workstations.

Low to medium



Low to medium

Operations Director



Operations Director

Ongoing




Ongoing

  • Briefing staff that are returning to work with our current distancing and other hygiene arrangements including any items that may be Branch specific.

  • All staff are required to sign these documents.



What are the hazards?

Who might be harmed and how?

What are you already doing?

What further action do you need to take?

Risk rating

Who needs to carry out the action?

When is the action needed by?

Done

As page 2

As page 2 + Cleaning contractors – Contact with contaminated surfaces during cleaning tasks

Branch Cleaning

  • All branches have an additional 1 hour daily of touchpoint cleaning. Cleaning staff have been provided with a guidance sheet for items requiring additional cleaning with sanitiser.


  • Monitor that additional cleaning regime remains effective.


Low to medium


Supervisors


Ongoing

  • Checklist for critical areas such as toilets and restrooms, detailed sign off sheets have been upgraded.

Low

Operations Director / Managers

Ongoing

  • Staff have access to antiseptic wipes, cleaning spray and hand sanitiser to assist in regularly sanitising surfaces and hands.

  • Monitor staff to ensure regular cleaning of surfaces such as phones, desks, laptops.

Low

Supervisors

Ongoing

  • Accumulated waste in refuse containers is disposed of daily.

  • Monitor to ensure waste in work areas is minimised.

Low

Supervisors

Ongoing

 

What are the hazards?

Who might be harmed and how?

What are you already doing?

What further action do you need to take?

Risk rating

Who needs to carry out the action?

When is the action needed by?

Done

Branch Signage

  • Branches have had signage installed throughout advising of the minimum 2m distancing requirement. This has also been added as floor signage. 

  • The Government 5 steps to safer working together poster are placed on gates and shop windows to confirm compliance with current guidance and boost customer/staff confidence.

  • All public facing staff are required to wear a face covering/mask when in yards  and relevant signage is in place shops except for the following reasons:

Behind a Physical barrier at sales desks

If operating machinery

If driving alone 

Low

Operations Director

Ongoing 

  • Voluntary wearing of face coverings will be permitted where not specified as a requirement

Operations Director

12/06/2020

  • Staff are required to declare personal or family health changes.

 

What are the hazards?

Who might be harmed and how?

What are you already doing?

What further action do you need to take?

Risk rating

Who needs to carry out the action?

When is the action needed by?

Done

As page 2

As page 2

Branch Hygiene

  • Soap and paper towels are provided in toilets, kitchen areas along with hand sanitiser

  • Ensure regular checks are made to ensure stocks remain adequate.

Low

Supervisors

Ongoing

  • Staff have been made aware of the importance of regular hand cleaning and personal hygiene controls if coughing or sneezing.

  • Monitor compliance

Medium

Supervisors

Ongoing

  • Increased touchpoint cleaning schedule.

  • Monitor compliance

Low to medium

Supervisors

Ongoing

  • Minimum 2m social distancing in place wherever practical.

  • Monitor compliance

Low to medium

Supervisors

Ongoing

  • Restroom seating has been situated 2m apart.

  • Ensure seating remains distance separated 

Low to medium

Supervisors

Ongoing

  • Antiseptic wipes, sanitising spray and hand sanitisers are made available around the Branch.

  • Sanitising spray is supplied for areas that is not covered by touchpoint cleaning such as vehicles, forklifts and Mills.

  • Ensure stocks continue to be replenished.

Low

Supervisors

Ongoing

  • Doors and windows are kept open wherever possible to reduce the number of common touch points and to improve ventilation.

Medium

Supervisors

Ongoing

What are the hazards?

Who might be harmed and how?

What are you already doing?

What further action do you need to take?

Risk rating

Who needs to carry out the action?

When is the action needed by?

Done

As page 2

As page 2

Goods Inwards

  • Goods received are to order only. Visiting drivers are advised of distancing requirements and remain in their cab, alighting only to undo curtains, strapping and replace prior to departure.

  • Where visiting drivers require access to welfare facilities ensure that they are aware of site distancing, hygiene rules and directed on routes away from operating FLT’s.

  • Ensure hands are regularly washed.

  • Monitor driver compliance with Branch requests to remain in vehicle.

Low

Operations Director





Branch Managers




Branch Managers

Ongoing





Ongoing 





Ongoing

 

What are the hazards?

Who might be harmed and how?

What are you already doing?

What further action do you need to take?

Risk rating

Who needs to carry out the action?

When is the action needed by?

Done

As page 2

As page 2

Goods Outwards

  • AW Champion Ltd delivery vehicles are issued with single use and re-usable gloves. Each vehicle contains a vehicle cleaning kit including single use wipes, cloths, cleaning spray, sanitising spray and refuse bags. Vehicles are cleaned before and after use and guidance has been issued to staff.

  • Monitor hygiene and cleaning stocks in vehicles  

  • Replenished hygiene and cleaning stocks as necessary.

  • Monitor pre-departure and return cleaning schedules are completed as per issued guidance.

Low


Medium

Drivers


Branch / Transport Manager

Branch / Transport Manager

Ongoing


Ongoing


Ongoing

  • Each driver has been issued personally with hand sanitiser. Hands are sanitised after each delivery.

  • Drivers to inform managers when running low.

Medium

Drivers

Ongoing

  • Deliveries to clients are contactless and guidance has been issued to delivery crews on how to achieve this.

  • Monitor deliveries are completed in line with issued guidance.

Medium

Branch / Transport Manager

Ongoing

  • Vehicles that are double crewed have been issued with third party risk assessed guidance on distancing measures and controls to be adopted in the vehicle.

  • Staff in vehicles that are twin manned are expected to wear a mask/face covering

  • Drivers are to wear a mask/face covering when leaving their cabs to deliver to customers

  • Monitor compliance with issued guidance.

  • Monitor staff declarations


  • Monitor compliance


  • Monitor compliance

Medium


Medium


Medium




Medium

Branch / Transport Manager

Branch / Transport Manager

Branch/Transport Manager


Branch/Transport Manager

Ongoing



Ongoing


Ongoing



Ongoing

 

What are the hazards?

Who might be harmed and how?

What are you already doing?

What further action do you need to take?

Risk rating

Who needs to carry out the action?

When is the action needed by?

Done

As page 2

As page 2

Call and Pre-booked Customer Collections

  • All collect orders are provided with a timed collection slot.

  • Customers are advised at point of order of distancing rules at the branch location.

  • Monitor compliance with call and collect procedures. 

Low to medium

Operations Director / Sales Director 

Ongoing

  • Marked waiting bays and loading bays are provided.

  • The pre-picked order is brought to the customer vehicle for the customer to load. The customer does not enter the shop area.

  • There is suitable space to load and manoeuvre vehicles safely maintaining distancing with each branch having a dedicated number of bays



General

  • Contractor service visits to branches continue to maintain safety or equipment service standards. All such visits are by appointment and contractors are pre-advised of Branch requirements.

  • Contractors to be provided suitable guidance as to how their work will be safely undertaken with regard to sanitising machinery or equipment following servicing.

Branch Managers to advise accordingly

Low








Low

Operations Director / AMcD






Branch Mgrs

Ongoing








Ongoing

  • Sales desk staff are segregated by a Perspex screen.

  • Monitor

Medium

Operations Director

Ongoing

  • Maintain current records of staff to identify staff in the category of vulnerable or at risk and identifying the correct approach to their being able to work safely.

  • Confirm those affected and identify suitable role or controls required.

Medium

HR Business Partner 

Ongoing

  • Maintaining contact with those staff working from home and those furloughed.

  • Devise method of suitability of home-work stations for those continuing distance working.

Low

HR Business Partner

Ongoing 

  • Physical meetings will only be held when not possible remotely, able to maintain social distancing and kept as short as possible outdoors or in a well ventilated room

  • Numbers of customers in the branch at one time will be limited by number of cars with car parks marked as full if this number is exceeded.  Where car parking is limited this will be limited to a number of heads based on a combination of queuing space in the shops and space in the yard.

  • Sanitiser is provided at the entrance to the yard,  shop and next to payment points

  • Queuing systems and one way systems are in place when awaiting assistance and when paying.

  • Local controls are in place across branches to ventilate all rooms when in use to improve ventilation.  In particular kitchens, toilets and shared offices/sales desks.

  • Branch Managers completing Covid checklists.

  •  3rd Party Health and Safety monthly audits are incorporating covid secure controls to validate compliance


















  • Review local controls with Branch Managers in all sites to ensure ventilation controls are being adhered to. 

  •  Ensure health and safety advisers (Didac)  are validating ventilation during  monthly audits and Branch Managers likewise when completing Covid review checklists.










Medium

















High

Operations Director
















Operations Director

Prior to people returning to head office
















26th February 2021