This guidance is for employers, but workers and the self-employed may also find it useful.
It gives an overview of the things you should do to help make your work and workplace COVID-secure.
- Risk assessment
- Social distancing
- Cleaning, hygiene and handwashing
- Ventilation and air conditioning
- Talk to workers and provide information
- Working from home
- Vulnerable workers
You should start by updating your risk assessment to manage the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your business. This will help you to understand what you should do to work safely and protect people.
Where possible you should keep people 2 metres apart. If this is not viable, keeping 1 metre apart with risk mitigation is acceptable.
Cleaning, hygiene and handwashing
Keeping your workplace clean and frequent handwashing reduces the potential for coronavirus to spread. It is a critical part of making and keeping your business COVID-secure.
Ventilation and air conditioning
Good ventilation (including air conditioning) can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus. There are simple steps you can take to improve ventilation while maintaining a comfortable temperature in your workplace.
Talk to workers and provide information
Consult and involve people in the steps you're taking to manage the risk of coronavirus in your workplace so you can:
- explain the changes you're planning to work safely
- make sure changes will work and hear their ideas
- continue to operate your business safely
Working from home
If your people are working from home you should:
- provide the equipment they need, for example a computer, phone and videoconferencing facilities
- keep in regular contact with them, making sure you discuss their wellbeing
Make sure you consider the risk to workers who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and put controls in place to reduce that risk.
More guidance and advice
We have information and advice on other subjects including PPE, air conditioning, and managing work-related stress on our coronavirus page.
This page is reviewed regularly and updated to reflect any changes in the guidance.
Page last reviewed: 30 April 2021
Next review due: 31 May 2021