Act responsibly as an employer to limit the spread of COVID-19
On 11 May 2020, the UK Government published official guidance, in conjunction with the HSE, to help employers get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely. The five steps are key to meeting these requirements and should be implemented as soon as it is practical. These are:
- Work from home, if you can
- Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or trade unions
- Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible
- Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk
- Reinforcing cleaning processes. Once you have implemented these, make sure you communicate this with your employees and clients, for example via your website.
Employers have a legal responsibility to assess and manage the risks of COVID-19 and protect workers and others from risk to their health and safety. The current guidance is still that staff should work from home if possible. Businesses have a duty of care for our employees when they are working, wherever that may be. That means they need to be monitoring the health and wellbeing of people working from home at the same time as planning for their return to the workplace. Developing clear policies, in consultation with your employees, will go a long way to reassure them that they are in safe, responsible hands.