The Scottish Government has introduced new regulations on face coverings at work.

It is now compulsory for anyone in a workplace canteen to wear a face covering when they are not seated at a table.

For example if you are queueing, entering or leaving the canteen or using the toilet facilities.

It is also compulsory for everyone to wear face coverings in other communal areas of our buildings where physical distancing might be particularly difficult to maintain; like entrances, corridors, stairs, staff rooms, changing rooms and training rooms.

Physical distancing, good hand washing and respiratory hygiene and environmental cleaning are still our primary controls for preventing the spread of coronavirus. Wearing face coverings must not be used as an alternative to taking these precautions.

You are free to wear a face covering at other times provided it does not pose a safety risk or prevent you from being easily identified in the workplace.

There will be situations where you may not be required to wear a face covering.

For example, if:

  • there are already measures in place to keep you separated from other by a distance of at least 2 metres
  • there is a partition in place separating you from other people
  • wearing a face covering or stopping to put a face covering on would prevent or hinder you from:
    • providing care or assistance to a vulnerable person
    • providing any kind of emergency assistance or first aid
    • acting to avoid injury, illness or to escaping a risk of harm
  • you are eating or drinking
  • you are carrying out food handling tasks and wearing a face covering presents a hygiene or safety risk
  • you are unable to put on, wear or remove a face covering:
    • because of any physical or mental illness, impairment or disability
    • without causing severe distress
  • wearing a face covering would in itself cause a risk of harm

You must also ensure that visitors to our buildings wear face coverings where required.

Face coverings are available for use. Service Managers should contact William Mcquillian to obtain a supply for their staff. You are free to wear your own face covering provided it does not cause undue offense to employees or members of the public or display football team colours.

These new regulations don't apply to schools. Separate arrangements for face coverings in schools have been in place for a while now and these should continue to be followed.

If you have any questions around the appropriate use of face coverings you should contact the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Team.