4. Organising your workplace
You can help reduce transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace by changing:
- how you work
- how your premises are organised
You can continue to reduce the risk of transmission during the pandemic by taking measures to limit the number of people your workers are in contact with, for example staggering the times people come into work or go home.
UK government guidance on working safely provides further information and advice on these measures covering a range of different types of work.
You should make sure the measures identified by your risk assessment take account of the public health regulations and guidance for the nation you are working in.
Please refer to your relevant guidance:
You must also have:
- appropriate cleaning procedures and products
- adequate ventilation and air conditioning
- sufficient handwashing facilities with running water, soap and paper towels or hand dryers
Make sure your changes don’t affect any existing health and safety precautions.
For example, you can improve natural ventilation by opening windows and doors, but don’t prop fire doors open.
Questions to ask your workers about reorganising your workplace
- How can we reorganise our workplace to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission?
- Think about work areas
- Think about the other parts of the building we use
- Is there anything we can add or change in our workplace to reduce risks from the risk of transmission?
- Think about extra facilities
- Think about changing how we use equipment
- What else can we do to make our workplace safe?
- What can you do?
- What can your manager do?
- What can the company or organisation do?
Find out more
To help answer these questions we have more advice at Coronavirus: latest information and advice
GOV.UK has guidance on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
We review and update this page regularly to reflect any changes in guidance.
Page last reviewed: 31 August 2021
Next review due: 31 October 2021