COVID-19: Safe workplaces

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has previously issued guidance for employers on making workplaces COVID secure. The latest guidance covers eight workplace settings, construction and other outdoor work, factories, plants and warehouses, other people's homes, labs and research facilities, offices and contact centres, restaurants offering takeaway or delivery, shops and branches and vehicles.

You must not reopen if your business is closed under current government rules.

Check if your business or venue can open.

Employers can now also access a number of free webinars addressing the challenges in different types of workplaces. These have been developed with input from HSE and so may be useful for Local Authorities in both their employer and regulator role.

On the HSE website employers can also find a short guide to working safely, a guide on talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus and further information on managing risks and risk assessment at work.

Better Business for All (BBfA) partnership Covid-19 Toolkit to help guide you to restarting your business safely:  

BBFA Covid-19 Toolkit

5 Steps to Working Safely

Practical actions for businesses to take based on 5 main steps.

Make sure you read all the guides relevant to your workplace. Each guide has specific actions for businesses to take based on these steps. 

GOV.UK Guidance: Working Safely during Coronavirus, 5 Steps to Working safely

Showing you are COVID-19 Secure

Employers are able to use posters or images on digital channels or print to display in workplaces to show their employees, customers and other visitors, that they have followed guidance and are COVID-19 secure.  

Showing you're COVID-19 secure

 

Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments.
Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people's homes.
Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses.
Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments.
Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments.
Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services.
Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.
Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar.