Helping CWVA members return to the workplace safely

Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) teamed up with iSafe – Health, Safety and Quality Services to hold webinars and provide members with top tips about writing workplace risk assessments.

iSafe, which is based in Chesterfield, is made up of an experienced team of health, safety and quality professionals.

With many CWVA members having to adapt in previous months and start working from home because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they’re now looking to return to the workplace in the coming weeks and months whenever it’s safe for them to do so.

iSafe recently ran two webinars for members, providing them with plenty of useful information and advice about workplace COVID-19 risk assessments and things they should be doing to make sure they return safely.

One member said: “I wasn’t sure what to expect or how helpful it would be, but Jack from iSafe was great.

“The presentation was very clear, well structured and very practical. Best of all, I now feel like I can put together a really comprehensive risk assessment.”

Another said: “I found the meeting really helpful. It was informative and his delivery was clear and easy to understand.

“I know how hard everyone at CWVA works so I really appreciated them organising it.”

Jack Marshall, Partner at iSafe, added: “We’ve recently been focusing on COVID-19 but, before that, our work has been about general health and safety, working with construction businesses on a regular basis.

“We wanted to help as many people as we could over the last couple of months and we’ve been going out to do a lot of COVID-19 risk assessments individually.

“We’ve also worked with Derbyshire Voluntary Action and it’s been nice to support so many charities and community groups.

“Some organisations are happy to be working from home now, but others need to try and return to how things were before. Places like foodbanks and meals on wheels need this information and advice to do things safely.

“The fact is a lot of businesses are currently struggling financially and they might not have money to donate to charities and community groups like they did before.

“By holding these webinars alongside CWVA, we’ve been able to speak to plenty of charities and community groups at the same time and it feels like we’ve been doing our bit to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

CWVA is continuing to organise training sessions for members so they can learn new, valuable skills.

Do you know any businesses that could get involved with CWVA’s SkillShare project and support local charities and community groups? If you do, email: joanne.walton@chesterva.org.uk.

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