Safe Return to Work

4 Jun 2020

Employees should still where possible work from home.  However, the Government have launched a series of webinars for different industries to assist businesses on getting back to work safely where possible.

The full series is available here: 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkqQLHzQ282ve4bqDPNqGToldy3enU3ai

The webinars cover the following:

 

Key updates from the Government guidance are as follows:-

More than one guide may apply to your workplace and businesses are required to put the advised measures in place to ensure that workplaces are as safe as possible to re-open, once the restrictions relating to your business are lifted.

These measures follow the on-going Government advice to keep 2 metres apart and undertake thorough handwashing for 20 seconds, along with surface cleaning and practical safety measures appropriate for each type of workplace.

Businesses and employees must still follow the Government guidance for people who need to self-isolate. This includes individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 as well as those who live in a household with someone who has symptoms. The Government guidance on this is here:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 

Employers have a legal responsibility to protect employees and others (such as visitors, contractors and customers) from potential risks to their health and safety.  As such they will need to carry out a health and safety risk assessment.

www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/5-steps-to-working-safely

 

Legionella

Employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, such as landlords, also have a duty to protect people by identifying and controlling risks associated with legionella, also known as Legionnaires’ disease.

If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.  Further information from the Health and Safety Executive is available here:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/legionella-risks-during-coronavirus-outbreak.htm

Further information on COVID-19 and the Government measures in place to respond to COVID-19 and to help businesses during this time are available at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.