Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus (COVID-19)

Removal of some coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

This page is up to date following the removal of some restrictions in England. There are different regulations and guidance to follow for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The latest advice on keeping workplaces safe will help you assess the risks and continue to reduce COVID-19 transmission. This includes links to information on vaccination, as well as on testing, tracking and tracing (including where variants are spreading).

1. Overview

We all need to continue to work together to reduce transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Talking to your workers can help you to do this.

Although this guidance is aimed at employers, it may also be useful to employees and some self-employed people.

It explains how you can talk to workers about concerns they might have and provides questions you can ask to help keep your employees working safely.

Consulting with your workers

The law says you must consult with workers about health and safety matters such as reducing transmission of COVID-19.

Talking to your workers means you can:

  • explain changes you’ve made to keep working safely
  • continue to run your business safely

Talking to your workers also means they can:

  • tell you if they’re worried about any workplace risks
  • influence decisions about health and safety

You can consult your workers:

  • by talking to them directly
  • through a trade union
  • through another representative

Making time

It’s essential you make time to talk to workers about your plans for working safely.

You should always:

  • listen to what your workers say
  • agree any actions together

Take account of individual beliefs and cultures

Talk to people recognising their individuality. Hold conversations in ways that are ‘culturally competent’. This means taking account of the background, culture, beliefs of that person and their specific circumstances.

For more information see the consensus statement on mitigating COVID risks focusing on ethnic minority groups from Public Health England, HSE and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

Find out more

You can read our guidance on consulting and involving your workers.

Further advice and information is available on GOV.UK:

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

Page last reviewed: 19 July 2021

Next review due: 31 August 2021

Updated 2021-07-26