How will the Olympics affect your business?

This year is set to be a busy one for the UK, with the Queen’s Jubilee beginning in April, followed by the London Olympics in July.

With events being planned across the UK, many businesses will be hoping to profit from the busy summer. It is important for businesses to consider the potential risks created by such a busy time, as well as the (hopefully), increased revenues.

  • Businesses serving food to the public may be taking on additional members of staff to cope with increased demand. It is important that all employees, including temporary ones, receive the appropriate food safety and health and safety training.
  • Staff absence may be high over these busy times, with many employees hoping to take holiday so they can enjoy the events. It is essential that businesses conduct risk assessments if they are expecting some impact from the games in order to prepare for certain eventualities.
  • One area that could be affected is first aid in the workplace. It is essential to ensure that there are adequate facilities, equipment and people who are qualified to administer first aid treatment in the case of accident or illness.