Health and Safety

All UK organisations are required by law to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees as far as is reasonably practicable while at work.

Your organisation will already have relevant policies, measures and training in place around matters such as manual handling, preventing accidents and injuries, first aid, working with machinery and equipment, at height or with display screen equipment. For more information, guidance and support materials around health and safety at work, visit the Health and Safety Executive website.

With the impact of Covid-19 this spring many workplaces are facing more health and safety challenges than ever before. Depending on the nature of your business there will be new measures we will all need to put in place to ensure the safety of our teams. In order to help businesses at this time we have put together a list of the best reputable sources of support and advice for your business as well as links on where to go for the most up to date government guidance:

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic can be found here
The web links below cover the official government advice to businesses:
• Guidance for moving into the next stage of the recovery strategy, includes updates from 1st June - Staying alert & safe
COVID-19 recovery strategy - The government’s ‘roadmap’ for lifting further restrictions and opening more businesses and venues
Going to work - All workers who cannot work from home should travel to work if their workplace is open. Sectors of the economy that can be open should be open – such as food production, construction, manufacturing, logistics, distribution and scientific research.
Gov.uk pages - Public Health England information hub providing advice & guidance on protection; employment; education; childcare; businesses & self-employed; healthcare workers; travel; public services; cases & data; and how you can help
FAQ’s - COVID-19 frequently asked questions
Businesses to remain closed - List includes exemptions
Key workers - List of key workers
Test & trace workplace guidance
This guidance explains how employers and businesses can play their part in the NHS test and trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives. Anyone asymptomatic is eligible for testing. Includes a link to priority testing for essential workers

 

National Resources

  • The Health and Safety Executive is the go-to place for advice and information on Health and Safety in the workplace. They have dedicated information on working safely during coronavirus and will bring you the latest government information and advice in their news section
  • ACAS (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) have a wealth of information for employers on their website which includes advice on working safely and social distancing and returning to the workplace guidance.
  • Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub - Helping frontline staff to manage your mental health and wellbeing. They provide Bite-sized information in top-tips format