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Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak

The guidance explains measures you can take to help you carry on working safely during coronavirus (sometimes known as being ‘COVID secure’), for example by putting in place social distancing measures, staggering shifts, providing additional handwashing facilities and how to talk with workers to help them stay safe.

Further detailed guidance is also available on GOV.UK for the following specific work 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
  • vehicles

Putting in place plans to work safely

The plans businesses put in place mean that work is likely to be organised differently from how it was before lockdown. These guides are designed to help you to know what you can do to control risks associated with running your business during this time.

These guides should not be used on their own, to decide on the actions that you need to take, but as a starting point to consider what you can do. Further detailed guidance is also available on GOV.UK.

Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak - a short guide (PDF)

A guide to the steps you should take to help manage the risks of coronavirus in your business. These include taking measures to work at home where possible, maintaining social distancing, cleaning and hygiene.

Talking with your workers about working safely during the coronavirus outbreak (PDF)

By consulting and involving people in steps you are taking to manage the risk of coronavirus in your workplace you can:

  • explain the changes you are planning to work safely
  • make sure changes will work and hear their ideas
  • continue to operate your business safely during the outbreak

You should share the results of your risk assessment with your workforce. If possible, you should consider publishing the results on your website (and the government expects all employers with over 50 workers to do so).

You can find a notice to download, print and display in your workplace to show you have followed this guidance at GOV.UK.