Staying COVID Secure at Work
- Where possible if employees can work from home they should continue to do so instead of returning to their normal place of work.
- If working from home isn’t possible then workers should travel to work, avoiding the use of public transport where possible. Where public transport is the only option, a face covering must be warn or risk getting a fine.
- Businesses should ensure social distancing is in place in accordance with Government guidelines and review shifts, layouts of premises and offices to facilitate this, i.e. 2m or 1m where this is not viable with mitigating circumstances.
Find more information about the Government COVID-19 Secure Guidelines on our COVID-19 Resource Hub, employers should follow these guidelines as soon as reasonably practicable.
The Government’s long-term goal is to get public transport back on track as quickly as possible. They have given the following guidelines as part of a phased return to pre-COVID-19 public transport services:
- All workers should avoid using public transport where possible (including key workers) to minimise coming into contact with people outside their household.
- People should either walk, cycle or drive to work.
- There will be Government funding to improve cycle lanes and pavement access to encourage as many people as possible to travel on foot or cycle.
- Social distancing must be adhered to on public transport in accordance with Government guidelines and face coverings are mandatory.
- If social distancing is not possible for example in enclosed spaces, shops face coverings should be worn.
- It is mandatory to wear face coverings on public transport and from the 24th July it will be mandatory to wear face covering in shops, enclosed spaces. Further details can be found in the Government COVID-19 Secure Guidelines on our COVID-19 Resource Hub.
- These can be homemade fabric face coverings which can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 asymptomatically (rather than protecting the wearer). It is essential that surgical masks and other respiratory PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) should only be worn by key workers who need it.
- Under the new guidelines people can now exercise as much as they want and spend time outside for example in parks, playing sport such as tennis with a household member but not team sports.
- Hand-washing and use of hand sanitiser must also be maintained according to Government guidelines.
- Driving to exercise and outdoor spaces is now allowed under the new guidelines, but social distancing must be maintained.
To find out more about what the new guidelines mean for your business and for support implementing workplace Safety procedures speak to our expert Health and Safety Consultants today.