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Operating workplaces safely

guidance on how to work safely during pandemic

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published new guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The steps for businesses to take are focused on 5 key points, which should be implemented as soon as it is practical:

  • Work from home, if you can

  • Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or trade unions

  • Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible

  • Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk

  • Reinforcing cleaning processes


These steps are accompanied by guidance on specific types of workplace, and apply to businesses which are currently open.  Further guidance for other sectors that are not currently open will be developed and published ahead of those establishments opening to give those businesses time to plan.

The accompanying guidance covers 8 different types of workplace, and many businesses may need to use more than one of these guides:

Guidance can be accessed by visiting https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19