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COVID-19: workplace safety advice and resources for businesses

Official guidance on COVID-19 workplace safety

There are several guides covering a range of different types of work. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.

NHS Test and Trace

Businesses and organisations should continue to provide relevant contact details to support the NHS Test and Trace service. You’ll either need to:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) campaign materials

We've created coronavirus (COVID-19) campaign materials to provide local businesses, communities, organisations and services..

Please use and share these posters and social media messages to encourage people to do the simple things to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment

If you're a business, you must carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment to show you're taking reasonable steps to protect your workers from coronavirus. If you've 5 or more employees, you'll need to write up your risk assessment so you can demonstrate what safety measures you're taking.

As part of your risk assessment you must:

  1. Identify what work activities or situations might cause the virus to spread from one person to another and act to remove these activities or situations, if possible.
  2. Think about who could be at risk, such as employees, visitors, members of the public or contractors.
  3. Decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed to the virus.
  4. Talk to your staff about the risk assessment and communicate the outcome to them.
  5. Periodically review your risk assessment in light of changes to work activities or guidelines.

You may also find it helpful to:

How to make your workplace safer

Ways to make your workplace safer include: 

  • The government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas.
  • Minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • Provide hand washing facilities or hand sanitisers.
  • Consider displaying posters which remind your employees of good handwashing techniques. View COVID-19 posters and resources.

Cleaning your workplace

Read some tips which may help you keep your workplace clean.

  • Decide how frequently you need to clean the work areas, equipment and vehicles.
  • Clean communal areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and staircase rails frequently.
  • Use disposable cleaning products to clean all hard surfaces, floors, chairs, door handles and sanitary fittings. You should throw these away after one use.
  • Use a disinfectant for cleaning and follow the instructions on the bottle.
  • Read the government cleaning advice for businesses on GOV.UK

Using personal protection equipment (PPE) in your workplace

PPE protects the user against health and safety risks at work.

Where you're already using PPE in your work activity to protect against non-COVID-19 risks, you should continue to do so.

Disposing of your business waste

Here's some advice for disposing of your business waste.

  • Check that the company you hire to remove your trade waste is operating as normal with the same number of collections.
  • Make sure your waste company supplies you with enough waste bins.
  • Store your waste securely while waiting collection.
  • PPE used by your employees, such as face masks, face coverings or gloves, should be bagged and then placed in your business' general waste bin.


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