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Environmental Health

Environmental Health

 

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – ADVICE FOR BUSINESSES

Roadmap - Lifting of Business Restrictions Step 4

All business restrictions are now lifted apart from those relating to self isolation. Employers must not allow people who should be isolating to attend a workplace.

Guidance for employers in different sectors, employees and the self employed has been updated via Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4

All businesses should review their risk assessments taking account of any measures indicated by guidance in order to keep workers and customers safe.

Choosing which measures to retain

You may wish to retain some measures to reassure your staff and customers.  A 'Respect this Business's Covid policies' poster is available (right) to ask customers to comply with your policies.

Fact sheets have been produced for Close Contact Services and Gyms may assist. These can be found in the downloads on this page (right).

Face coverings may be useful particularly in crowded indoor areas, on public transport and in taxi/private hire vehicles - download your poster (right).

You may wish to continue with the NHS QR code https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster.

Ongoing relaxations

Planning rules have been relaxed temporarily to allow food businesses to operate as takeaways.

Pavement cafe provisions will remain to enable businesses to make use of outdoor space.

Ventilation in the workplace and non-domestic settings

It is important to identify and deal with areas that are not well ventilated. The more people occupying an area that is poorly ventilated, and the longer they remain in it, the greater the risk of spread of COVID-19.  Guidance is available via Ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Suspected or Confirmed Covid 19 in a workplace

Test and trace guidance explains how employers and businesses can play their part in the NHS test and trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives.

A COVID-19 Workplace Resource Pack has been designed to help manage workplace outbreaks is now available on the Lancashire County Council website. Always default to using the link to receive the most up to date advice and guidance as it is regularly reviewed and may change. 

Lateral Flow Test Kit

Kits are available from various sources including several pharmacies that offer a Pharmacy Collect service. You can also pick kits up from the Council’s mobile trailer on St. Jamess Street (Monday – Friday 12.30 – 3pm). Details of all local collection sites is available at https://www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site.  Kits are also available from most pharmacies free of charge.

Food Advice

Guidance for Consumers on Coronavirus and Food 

Food Safety Guidance for individuals and groups providing food for Community & Foodbanks.

Food Businesses

Although scientific advice has reported that it is unlikely that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food, it is still vital that food business operators exercise effective hygiene controls, to ensure that food produced is suitable for human consumption and free from contamination.

The Food Standards Agency have produced Guidance for Food Businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19), this should be read in conjunction with Re-opening & adapting your food business during COVID-19.  Food businesses that continue to trade should make themselves aware of this guidance and the Working Safely guidance (above) and ensure they are followed in full.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has also produced a really useful document for businesses operating as a takeaway.

Allergens

A note of caution - think very carefully before providing “allergen free food”.  You need to consider whether you can control cross contamination.  Controlling allergens in your kitchen, will help you decide whether it is possible for you to provide allergen free food safely.

Contact the Environmental Health Team

If you require further advice or wish to report a business not following measures to control COVID-19 email us at envhealth@burnley.gov.uk.

Stay Safe,

 

What Environmental Health Do

Burnley Council works with you to help your business succeed - and to make sure that the borough's residents get the best possible service.

For all environmental health issues that affect you or your business including:

  • Food safety
  • Environmental protection
  • Health and Safety

Our team also helps local food businesses to comply with EU food allergen rules which came into force in December 2014.

If you are organising a one off event where food and drink is being served or where noise issues might arise visit our pages on event safety for links and information.

Read more about environmental health by clicking the links in this section, or by completing and returning one of our downloadable forms.

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