The government has begun the tricky (many would say unenviable) task of gradually trying to release the country from Covid-19 lockdown whilst preventing the “R Rate” creeping back up to 1 or above and the message has changed from “stay at home” to “be alert”.
Although it is a sensitive issue, a balance has to be struck between protecting public health and protecting the economy. There have now been some welcome easing of restrictions for businesses.
Non-essential retail outlets can now start to reopen where and when safe to do so and those who cannot work from home are expected to speak to their employers about returning to work.
Summary of the guidelines
The government has consulted with industry to produce guidelines to help ensure that work places are as safe as possible and that the health of workers is protected.
The guidance covers:-
- Construction and outdoor work
- Factories, plant and warehouses
- Lab and research facilities
- Offices and contact centres
- Other people’s homes
- Restaurants (takeaway and delivery only)
- Shops and branches
To view the government’s guidance please click on this link – Working safely during coronavirus covid-19
The guidelines set out practical steps for employers to take which include carrying out a Covid-19 risk assessment and the display of a notices.
If you are an employer and have concerns about what to do in terms of risk assessments or how to arrange for your staff to return to work safely then please contact us.