Guidance for safety in the work place
Guidance has been issued to help employers, employees and the self-employed to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.
There are 5 main steps to working safely
There are 12 guides which cover a range of different types of work. You may need to use more than one of these guides if you operate more than one type of workplace such as office and factory.
Make sure you read all the guides relevant to your workplace. Each guide has specific actions for businesses to take based on these steps.
The government has announced that more businesses and venues can open
from 4 July and further guidance will be published when it is available from government.
This poster should be displayed for employees and members of the public to see confirmation that procedures are in place.
Your risk assessment should identify practical actions that protect people from harm and injury. HSE has developed interactive tools to help those working in low-risk offices and shops, understand what they need to do to assess and control risks in the workplace and comply with health and safety law.
You are required to carry out a risk assessment and if you employ more than 50 people you are encouraged to put it on your website if you have one.
This guidance can be applied to any non-healthcare setting in the community such as workplaces, offices and waiting rooms.
Test and trace
Businesses in tourism, hospitality and leisure and close contact services are being told by the government to collect contact details of their visitors to help the NHS Test and Trace service.
The steps include:
- collecting the names, and phone numbers of all staff working at the premises, as well as the date and time they worked
- making a record of the name and contact phone number of any customers or visitors, or if it is a group of people, the name of the lead member of the group
- recording the date, arrival and departure time
- storing the information for 21 days, after which should be safely deleted
For more information, please see the Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace webpage on the UK Government website.
See specific guidance for food businesses including closure of non-essential premises and guidance on standards.
Health and wellbeing
Coronavirus and the impact it has can cause stress and worry. Here are some resources that could be of help.
Also see information on grants, loans, government support and more
If you’re currently on furlough you can stay on furlough. However, if you are asked to come off furlough by your employer, you can use this service to find out if you should be going back into work, and how to return to work safely.