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

Removal of most coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

This page is up to date following the removal of most 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).

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:

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

Updated 2021-09-01