Coronavirus: Advice for businesses - Working safely
From the 30 December 2020 the principal Regulations have now been amended by the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) (No.4) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 1654) to impose new restrictions on gatherings and on businesses in England. Newcastle and the North East are now placed within Tier 4. The restrictions on businesses include the closure of certain businesses.
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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is more important than ever for businesses to operate safely.
As well as the usual steps to ensure this happens – details of which can be found on our Health and Safety at work page – the Government and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have produced specific guidance to protect employees and the public.
As the pandemic is an ever-changing situation, this information will likely be updated, so please check back regularly for the latest advice.
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Further information and advice for businesses on issues such as fire, food, gas and water system safety can also be found on our business reopening page.
The Government has, in consultation with industry, produced guidance to help businesses and staff understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
To read this visit www.gov.uk/workingsafely.
This advice includes help to carry out risk assessments, information on how to talk to staff about keeping both themselves and others safe, and details of measures you may need to consider, such as social distancing, staggered shifts, and additional handwashing facilities.
This link also includes practical actions for businesses to take and guidance for specific industries, including:
- Close contact services
- Construction and other outdoor work
- Factories, plants and warehouses
- Heritage locations
- Hotels and other guest accommodation
- Labs and research facilities
- Offices and contact centres
- Working in, visiting or delivering to other people's homes.
- Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
- Shops or similar environments
- Working in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, and lorry drivers
- The visitor economy
Specific advice for the licensed trade is also available and can be accessed at:
- Guidance for hotels and other guest accommodation
- Guidance for restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
The HSE has produced a short guide which outlines the steps you should take to help manage the risks of coronavirus for your business. It can be downloaded from the HSE website.
The steps include:
- identifying what work activity or situations might cause transmission of the virus
- thinking about who could be at risk
- deciding how likely it is that someone could be exposed
- acting to remove the activity or situation, or if this isn’t possible, controlling the risk.
As part of this you are required to consult and involve your employees in the steps you are taking to manage the risk of coronavirus in your workplace.
After you have done this you should display a notice to let staff know that you are “COVID secure.”
A notice to show you have followed this guidance, and that you are “COVID secure”, can be downloaded from the Government website to display in your workplace.