COVID-19 guidance for the automotive aftermarket sector has been updated to include the latest advice on the wearing of face coverings in customer-facing settings.
The third edition document states that businesses are subject to legal obligations to protect staff.
This includes taking appropriate steps to provide a safe working environment, which may include providing face coverings where appropriate, alongside other mitigation such as Perspex screens to separate workers from the public.
The guidance has been produced by the Garage Equipment Association (GEA), Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
It covers every aspect of an aftermarket business including workshops, from clear communications with customers and colleagues to social distancing, sanitisation and hygiene, and collection/delivery of vehicles from vulnerable owners.
Garage owners can use the guidance as part of a full risk assessment, which should be carried out for each site.
Owners should also ensure all guidance is available to staff and customers in advance of any opening and any visit, in addition to onsite direction, support and signage.
Earlier this year the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) warned that it is “putting employers on the spot” and checking that they are complying with COVID-19 health and safety law.
HSE has published a generic COVID-19 risk assessment for businesses to meet COVID-19 requirements.