Business Continuity Planning Checklist

Last Friday, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) published a comprehensive checklist that will help dealing with some of the key risks to the continuity of your business activities during the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and advise preparatory actions that can be taken to respond. Many of the actions are the same as you would have prepared during any type of similar threat such as preparations for adverse weather conditions or dealing with a global influenza outbreak.  


The checklist covers the following aspects: 

  • Overview of required contingency planning activities: 

  • Key areas for business owners to focus on: 

  • Measures to safeguard continuity: 

  • Identifying and responding to workplace risks. 

One of the key areas to be considered for the continuity of your business is the identification of your key suppliers.  


For each key supplier:   

  • Understand to what extent inventories buffer your business from supply disruption;   

  • Explore what the impact would be if the supplier was unable to serve your business, if it could not supply usual volumes, or if its lead times lengthened;   

  • Assess how vulnerable the source of supply is to disruption, taking account of staffing issues, the supplier’s upstream supply chain, competing commitments and any other factors that seem relevant;   

  • Assess how vulnerable your business is to problems with logistics;   

  • Assess whether your business would have access to alternative sources of supply, and whether this would improve security of supply meaningfully.   

You can access the checklist here. The checklist also offers links to HSE issued posters for the workplace and other relevant documents.  


For additional business advise see the SFA Covid - 19 (Coronavirus) pages

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