Making your workplace COVID-secure during the coronavirus pandemic

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
Talk to workers and provide information
Working from home
Vulnerable workers

Risk assessment

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.

Complete your COVID-19 risk assessment

Social distancing

Where possible you should keep people 2 metres apart. If this is not viable, keeping 1 metre apart with risk mitigation is acceptable.

How to maintain social distancing in the workplace

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.

Cleaning, hygiene and handwashing in the 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

Talking with your workers about working safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

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

How to protect home workers

Vulnerable workers

Make sure you consider the risk to workers who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and put controls in place to reduce that risk.

Protect vulnerable workers

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.

2020-09-16