Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Latest advice on keeping workplaces safe from COVID-19

This page is up to date with working safely guidance in England and the announcement of Plan B. You can check the most up to date measures on GOV.UK. There are different regulations and guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The latest advice on continuing to keep workplaces safe will help you assess the risks and reduce COVID-19 transmission. This includes links to advice from public health bodies and other government departments on measures not implemented by HSE.

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 continue working safely.

Our brief guide for workers will help them take steps to prevent COVID-19 spreading in their workplace. Translations of the page are available.

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.

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 workplace safer.

Ventilation

Good ventilation 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

UK government advice is that people who can work from home should do so.

There is separate guidance for those who live in Scotland and Wales.

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

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.

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.

We review and update this page regularly to reflect any changes in guidance.

Page last reviewed: 31 December 2021

Next review due: 30 January 2022

 
2021-12-23