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UK GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES

Safe working During Coronavirus (COVID-19) ENGLAND ONLY


The UK Government has issued Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. This section covers the Guidance for Employers on how to ensure they operate a safe working environment for their employees.
COVID-19 is now Reportable as an infections disease under the UK RIDDOR legislation and as such it is the EMPLOYERS RESPONSIBILITY to ensure they take all reasonable and practicable steps to ensure the safety of their employees at work.

Risk assesments

ASSESS THE RISKS

Hygiene Procedures

HYGIENE PROCEDURES

Social Distancing

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Transmission Risk reduction

TRANSMISSION RISK

Working safely during coronavirus
(COVID-19)

Guidelines as Issued by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

SUMMARY OF THE GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES BY WORKPLACE TYPE

The Employers 5 Steps of Safer Working Together

Employers Must be able to demonstrate and commit to a statement that they have actioned the following 5 steps to working safely
The signed form statingthat the employer has carried out these steps can be downloaded here and dispalyed in a prominent position in the Business

1  We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here

2  We have cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance

3  We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home

4  We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m
distance in the workplace

5  Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk

1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment


https://safehygienicworkplace.com/products/risk-assessment-template-industrial-free-download-ms-word
Before restarting work you should ensure the safety of the workplace by:

+ carrying out a risk assessment in line with the HSE guidance


+ consulting with your workers or trade unions


+ sharing the results of the risk assessment with your workforce and on your website

We have downloadable Risk Assessment Templates that you can use for FREE:

- OFFICE RISK ASSESSMENT
- INDUSTRY RISK ASSESSMENT
- CONSTRUCTION RISK ASSESSMENT 

2. Develop cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures


You should increase the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning by:

+ encouraging people to follow the guidance on hand washing and hygiene
+ providing hand sanitiser around the workplace, in addition to washrooms
+ frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
+ enhancing cleaning for busy areas
+ setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets
+ providing hand drying facilities – either paper towels or electrical dryers 

We provide a range of sanitisers, disinfectants and stations to help ensure hygiene can be maintained at all time and can be found HERE

3. Help people to work from home



You should take all reasonable steps to help people work from home by:

+ discussing home working arrangements


+ ensuring they have the right equipment, for example remote access to work systems


+ including them in all necessary communications


+ looking after their physical and mental well-being 


[This is not an area we focus on supporting businesses with]

4. Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible


Where possible, you should maintain 2m between people by:

+ putting up signs to remind workers and visitors of social distancing guidance


+ avoiding sharing workstations
using floor tape or paint to mark areas to help people keep to a 2m distance


+ arranging one-way traffic through the workplace if possible


+ switching to seeing visitors by appointment only if possible 

We provide a range of products to support with Social Distancing and can be found HERE


5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk


Where it’s not possible for people to be 2m apart, you should do everything practical to manage the transmission risk by:

+ considering whether an activity needs to continue for the business to operate
+ Providing adequate PPE wherever possible and practical
+ using screens or barriers to separate people from each other
+ using back-to-back or side-to-side working whenever possible
+ staggering arrival and departure times
+ reducing the number of people each person has contact with by using ‘fixed teams or partnering’ 

We have a full range of PPE items that can be provided to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus and can be found HERE

OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT FREE DOWNLOADS

UK Government COVID Secure
Poster

UK Government Office Sector
Guide

UK Government Industrial Sector Guide

UK Government Construction Sector
Guide

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