People should work from home as much as they can during the coronavirus outbreak.
But some businesses can only run from their premises. They must take steps to keep staff safe. If they don't, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can get involved.
Before they reopen, businesses should share a risk assessment with staff.
Businesses vary and need different measures. But some are the same for all.
Premises should be clean and hygienic.
- Deep clean before re-opening.
- Clean after each shift.
- Clean well-used objects.
- Supply hand sanitisers.
- Display guidance.
Staff should be two metres apart.
Things to think about
- A one-way system
- Separate entrance and exit
- Staggered start and finish times
- Floor markings
- Separate work areas
- Fixed breaks
- Limiting use of shared spaces
If people can't always be two metres apart
- Reduce the activity.
- Use screens.
- Stop face-to-face working.
- Use fixed teams.
- Use face coverings, but also apply measures 1-4 above.
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
PPE helps people stay safe at work. Examples are gloves, helmets, goggles and other eyewear, facemasks.
The Government says PPE is not the way most people should keep themselves safe at work during the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, we need to follow hygiene and social distancing guidelines, as outlined above.
People who work in social and health care may have to use PPE to protect themselves from coronavirus.
Managers should talk with staff about how they're getting to work.
People shouldn't use public transport unless they have to, especially at busy times.
Try to reduce work travel
- Stagger start and finish times.
- Hold meetings online.
- Walk, cycle, or drive.
- Let staff work from home.
Managers should meet with each member of staff.
Some may have worries about money, childcare, or relatives. It might be better for them to work at home.
Employers should be flexible and supportive. They should also offer mental health support.
Staff should be able to give feedback through their manager or HR department.
More information about reopening a business
Contact the HSE for more information.
Visit Gov.UK for advice about re-opening your business.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Island
The information on this web page is for businesses in England.
Are you thinking about reopening a business in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland? If so, check the rules and guidance from your government.
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