Government Guidance on Returning Safely to Work from Wednesday 13th May 2020

The Government today published guidance on returning safely to work from Wednesday this week

  1. Work from home, if you can

All reasonable steps should be taken by employers to help people work from home. But for those who cannot you should go to work. Staff should speak to their employer about when their workplace will open.

  1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment

Employers will need to carry out COVID-19 risk assessments in consultation with workplace representatives. If possible, employers should publish the results of their risk assessments on their website and it is expected that all businesses with over 50 employees should do so.

  1. Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible

Employers should re-design workspaces to maintain 2 metre distances between people by staggering start times, creating one way walk-throughs, opening more entrances and exits, or changing seating layouts in break rooms.

  1. Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk

Employers should look into putting barriers in shared spaces, creating workplace shift patterns or fixed teams minimising the number of people in contact with one another, or ensuring colleagues are facing away from each other.

  1. Reinforcing cleaning processes

Workplaces should be cleaned more frequently, paying close attention to high-contact objects like door handles and keyboards. Employers should provide handwashing facilities or hand sanitisers at entry and exit points.

A downloadable notice is included in the Guidance documents, which employers should display in their workplaces to show their employees, customers and other visitors to their workplace, that they have followed this guidance.

For more information or advice please contact Clover HR on 0121 516 0299 or email us at info@cloverhr.co.uk

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