To help manage the Return to Work process, we’ve built this Recovery Checklist. It will help you to plan, prepare, and recover post-COVID-19.

The Return to Work process will touch upon every element of health, safety, facilities, and organizational management. It will be a complex process that creates new protocols and brings in new technology, it will require detailed planning and communications, and it will test the resilience of the organization.

Our recovery checklist has been built to help health, safety, and facilities professionals to begin identifying and addressing the Return to Work process and to help build a program of your own.

In it, you’ll find an overview of all the main areas that will need to be included in your planning with a handy checkbox so you can tick things off when those risks have been managed. The main areas covered are the organization, safety and security systems, core facilities concerns, other checks that will need to be carried out, and areas of additional planning.

We also provide some further suggestions that you will need to take into consideration including first aid in the workplace, car parking issues, multi-tenure premises, and how to think about your meeting rooms and shared spaces.

What’s included in the Checklist:


  • Leadership Team
  • Crisis Management Team
  • Safety Team
  • Security Team
  • Facilities/Maintenance Team
  • IT Team
  • HR


  • People
  • Premises
  • Travel
  • Contractors

Safety/Security Systems

  • Fire Safety
    • Fire Alarms
    • Fire Doors
    • Fire Exits
  • Emergency Equipment
    • Sprinkler
    • Extinguishers
    • First Aid Kits
    • EVAC Chairs
    • PEEPs
  • Water Systems
    • Legionella Checks
  • Security
    • External Building Checks
    • Internal Building Checks
    • Electronic Key Cards
    • Car Parking Provisions


  • Physical Distancing
    • Entry/Exit Points
      • Hygiene Stations
      • Monitoring
    • Lifts (& Hygiene Considerations)
    • Kitchen/Communal Areas
    • Offices (Multiple Occupancy)
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Reception Areas
    • Postal Services
    • Desk/Office Hygiene
    • Signage


  • Equipment
  • Returning Electrical Items (e.g. Laptops)
  • Waste
  • Cleaning of Communal Areas
  • HVAC System Checks
  • IT System Checks


  • Fire Safety
    • Alt/Multiple Refuge Points
  • First Aid
    • Guidance for First Aiders
    • What to Do if Somebody has COVID Symptoms
  • General
    • What and How to Report Accidents/Incidents
    • Disposing of PPE
  • Business Continuity
    • Second Peak/Lockdown Period
  • Information/Comms
    • Up-to-Date Info About COVID-19
    • Psychosocial Risks
    • Personal Hygiene
    • COVID Testing/Treatments

We’re here to help you return to work safely and healthily. If you require additional support, get in touch with our consultancy team here.

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