Page 3 - NMTF Bounce Back guide
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 Before market day
• Inform yourself about COVID-19 and social distancing
Swot up on the symptoms of COVID-19
Learn how you can help minimise the risk of infection
Click here to take a course from the Virtual College and display the certificate
• Perform a COVID-19 risk assessment for your stall
Identify what activities might cause transmission of the virus
Think about who is at risk and how they could be exposed
Decide what you can do to reduce this risk – and do it
Write all of this down. Market managers may want to see it
Click here for NMTF risk assessment template (downloads Word doc) Click here for detailed guidance
• Sell food? Update your HACCP
It is very unlikely that you can catch coronavirus from food
Anyone handling food should wash their hands frequently
Regularly clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched Click here to review the FSA’s guidance on good hygiene practices
• If you employ staff, know your responsibilities as an employer
Employers have a ‘duty of care’ for staff and customers
You must do all you can to support their health, safety, and wellbeing Talk with your staff as early as possible about returning to work
Staff may be worried to return to work, try to resolve any concerns
• Remind yourself of your obligations to consumers
Consumer rights have been unaffected by the pandemic
Businesses are expected to treat their customers fairly
Goods must be as described, of satisfactory quality, and fit for purpose If not — consumers have 30 days to reject the goods and claim a refund
• Ask your suppliers how they are reducing the risk of transmission
It is possible that the coronavirus can survive on inanimate objects Ensure that suppliers are doing all they can to minimise transmission Take advice on any changes to contracts before you agree to them. Keep a record of purchases from new and existing suppliers
• Check your vehicle is safe to drive and top up the fuel
Vehicles are designed to be driven regularly and leaving them stood for a while can create issues, such as corrosion on the brakes, battery flat, or even mice chewing through wiring.
So, before you start a vehicle you have not used for a long time it’s worth checking the following:
— Have a good visual inspection of the vehicle to see if anything looks out of the ordinary. Check all wiring and pipes under the bonnet have not been disturbed by animals nesting or chewing and look for any loose parts or puddles from leaks that may have fallen under the vehicle.
— Check that the MOT and road tax are still current (both can be checked online if unsure).

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