Environmental Health - Advice for Businesses

    Licensed Premises Advice Pre-Opening Checklist

    Coronavirus - Pre-Opening Checklist for Premises


    Health and Safety 

    It is important that businesses follow all social distancing guidance within their businesses. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued guidance in relation to social distancing.

    A template has been developed to help businesses implement the "COVID-secure guidelines".  The template is aimed at smaller, lower risk businesses who do not have dedicated health and safety advice.  It will help businesses go through the risk assessment process and document their findings.

    You can download either a Word or fillable Pdf version:


    Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences

    The HSE has also issued guidance regarding the reporting of Covid-19.


    Guidance for Food Businesses

    The government has issued guidance to food businesses in relation to coronavirus.


    Takeaway Food Businesses

    Takeaway food businesses are permitted to remain open during Covid-19. The FSA has issued guidance which provides food safety information for food businesses which deliver meals to customers.


    Reduce the risk of Legionella during the Covid-19 outbreak

    As offices, shops, hotels, pubs and restaurants are closed, it's important to limit the Legionella risks as water may stagnate in empty buildings. Hot and cold-water systems should be used at least once a week to reduce this risk.

    If you are in charge of an empty building, you may need to set up a flushing regime or consider draining the system. See the Health and Safety Executive website and the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease for more advice.

    The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health have put together some guidance for businesses reopening after lockdown. 

    For swimming pools, sports centres or spas, see the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group Code of Practice and their advice on temporary pool closures.

    For symptoms of Legionnaires disease, go to the NHS website.

    For more information email the regulatory services team at ehtechsupport@staffordbc.gov.uk


    Private Water Supplies

    The Drinking Water Inspectorate has issued a number of advice and information letters in relation to maintaining drinking water quality during and following Covid-19.

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