Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.
These 8 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.
Construction and other outdoor work
Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments.
Factories, plants and warehouses
Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses.
Labs and research facilities
Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments.
Offices and contact centres
Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments.
Other people’s homes
Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people’s homes.
Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services.
Shops and branches
Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.
Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar.
Managing risks and risk assessment at work
Everyone needs to manage the risks of coronavirus.
If you are an employer you also have a legal responsibility to protect workers and others from risk to their health and safety.
A risk assessment involves identifying the relevant hazards or risks in your workplace and sensible measures to control these risks.
If you have fewer than 5 workers, or are self-employed, you don’t have to write anything down as part of your risk assessment.
Employers have a duty to consult their people on health and safety: you must consult with the health and safety representative selected by a recognised trade union or a representative chosen by workers.
When considering risk, have particular regard to people who are vulnerable to coronavirus. There are interactive tools available from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to support you with your risk assessments. View here
Actions businesses need to take
Consider what type of workplace settings they operate in: Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as operating across an office, a factory and a fleet of vehicles
Read the guidance for each workplace setting you operate within: You should read the guidance (above) for each workplace setting you operate within as there are specific considerations for how to work safely for each.
Carry out a coronavirus risk assessment: To help you decide which actions to take, you should carry out an appropriate coronavirus risk assessment, just as you would for other health and safety related hazards. This risk assessment must be done in consultation with unions or workers.
Translate the guidance into specific actions for your business: Each business will need to translate the guidance into the specific actions it needs to take, depending on the nature of their business, including the size and type of business, how it is organised, operated, managed and regulated. You must consult with the health and safety representative selected by a recognised trade union or a representative chosen by workers.
Growth Hub Support
The Growth Hub is supporting businesses developing a safer working environment:
Our Business Growth Grants (ERDF) are available if a business wants to work with a Health & Safety consultant – Details here: https://www.growmysme.co.uk/grants/
We have run a series of webinars to help businesses during the pandemic, you can view the social distancing in the workplace webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxDo6CIICBY&t=11s
Reopening The Workplace After Covid-19 – Offices
Date: Tue 9 June 2020 Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Reopening The Workplace After Covid-19 – Retail, Leisure & Hospitality
Date: Fri 12 June 2020 Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Reopening The Workplace After Covid-19 – Working Away From The Premises
Date: Tue 16 June 2020 Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Reopening The Workplace After Covid-19- Factories & Production Environments
Date: Wed 17 June 2020 Time: 2:00PM – 4:00PM
NHS TEST AND TRACE GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS AND BUSINESSES
The NHS Test and Trace service forms a central part of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. The guidance explains how employers and businesses can play their part in the NHS Test and Trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives. You can view and download the Guidance PDF document here:
Test and Trace Guidance for Employers and Businesses
Mental Health and Wellbeing of the workforce
Support for employers and individuals during the Coronavirus pandemic
As a result of stressful and uncertain times that Coronavirus has presented, the need to consider the mental wellbeing of you and your employees has never been more important.
There is a guide to offer businesses support and the latest guidance to help you manage this, by signposting the best resources to help you manage this important issue during the crisis.
Drawing upon resources from the NHS, Mind and other recognized bodies and organisations, the guide will help you to navigate the support that is available as well as detailing preventative techniques that individuals use to manage their mental health.
You can view and down load the guide PDF document here:
Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources Pack
You can help support the wellbeing of your employees using The Governments Skills Toolkit . It provides a range of free, high quality digital & numeracy courses, which could benefit both your employees & your business at no cost to you. View here