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What risk management measures should I be taking now to help my business prepare for a possible coronavirus (COVID-19) second wave?

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Published on LexisPSL on 10/09/2020

The following Risk & Compliance Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What risk management measures should I be taking now to help my business prepare for a possible coronavirus (COVID-19) second wave?
  • Take time to reflect
  • Draw up plans
  • Document and assess risks
  • Risk register
  • Required risk assessments
  • Update policies and procedures
  • Health and safety
  • Homeworking
  • Information security and confidentiality
  • More...

What risk management measures should I be taking now to help my business prepare for a possible coronavirus (COVID-19) second wave?

As the numbers of daily infections begin to rise again, now is the time to review your organisation’s readiness for a possible second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19), to ensure the least disruption and the most positive outcomes for you organisation, its staff and its clients/customers. This Q&A considers some key risk management measures your organisation can take now, to ensure it is prepared should we be hit by a second wave of infection.

Areas to consider will include:

  1. reflecting on what’s worked and what’s not worked so well since the pandemic started

  2. updating your pandemic management strategy and plan and ensuring this links seamlessly to your business continuity arrangements

  3. revisiting your risk register and ensuring you have carried out (and are addressing issues raised by) relevant risk assessments

  4. reviewing your policies and procedures—ensuring they still reflect the way you do things and updating them as required

  5. refreshing staff communications and training on key topics, such as health and safety, information security and confidentiality

Take time to reflect

When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, organisations had to move quickly and react to almost daily changes in the situation and government guidance. New working practices and technologies were implemented in far shorter time frames than usual and business continuity

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