How to be COVID secure
National Lockdown - Stay at Home
From 6 January, national lockdown: stay at home rules apply in England. You must not reopen if your business is closed under current government restrictions. You can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home.
Employers have a 'duty of care' for staff, customers and anyone else who visits the workplace. This means they must do all they reasonably can to support their health, safety and wellbeing.
To make the workplace safe, employers must:
The government guidelines include advice, and legal requirements where relevant, for different sectors and types of work. Depending on your business, you may need to use more than one guide as you consider what you need to do to keep people safe. Priority actions are outlined at the top of each guide.
Health and Safety Executive
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a range of coronavirus-related guidance and information, which you may find useful, including:
- Managing risks and risk assessment at work: Find out about doing a COVID-19 risk assessment and working safely during the coronavirus outbreak
- Cleaning your workplace: How to clean your workplace to reduce risk from coronavirus.
- Social distancing: Social distancing means keeping people apart to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- First aid: Requirements in non-healthcare settings during the outbreak, as well as first aid cover and qualifications at this time.
The HSE can be contacted on 0300 790 6787, Monday to Friday 8:30am to 10pm.
Employee return-to-work tool
The Government has developed a tool to help employees in England easily assess if they can return to work. The tool guides employees through questions that may influence their ability to go back to work safely. Employers can share this tool with employees to aid discussion on how employees can return to work safely: Coronavirus Employee Risk Assessment.
The Government has published new guidance for employers and workers on work absences due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
This guidance is for employers and their employees or workers who may not be able to go into work because:
- They are self-isolating
- They are clinically extremely vulnerable
and sets out the relevant legal framework around absence and the return to work.
For more information, please see If you need to self-isolate or cannot attend work due to coronavirus.