COVID-19 return to work risk assessments and updated advice

The Government has published a set of eight guides. These are aimed at helping employers to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the main requirements is for employers to conduct a COVID-19 risk assessment. Should you have over 50 employees, you’re expected to publish these results online.  

So, what specific workplace settings currently have guidance published online? 

  1. Construction and other outdoor work
  2. Factories, plants and warehouses
  3. Homes
  4. Labs and research facilities
  5. Offices and contact centres
  6. Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
  7. Shops and branches
  8. Vehicles

The current guidance has been put in place for industries permitted to open along with shops, which the government expect to begin reopening from 1st June 2020. We expect the current guidance to adapt and change as businesses develop new ways of staying safe within the workplace. New guidance will also be developed for other industries currently being permitted to stay closed. 

What are the steps you need to be taking to work safely? 

The government has released the below steps which we should all be carrying out. For more information on these steps please head to the government website here.

  1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
  2. Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures
  3. Help people to work from home
  4. Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible
  5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk

We understand this new information can be overwhelming. So, your next steps would be to head over to the HSE website to find out more. They have two guides that we would advise reading:

1.         Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak – a short guide (PDF)

2.         Talking with your workers about working safely during the coronavirus outbreak (PDF)

Then you’ll need to complete an in depth risk assessment including how you’ll reduce any potential COVID-19 risks. You can find risk assessment templates from the HSE website here. Should you have any questions surrounding the new Government guidance or how to conduct a COVID-19 risk assessment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Cluer HR team here

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