The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced guidance that will help you keep workers safe (COVID secure) during the outbreak.

Making your workplace COVID-secure during the coronavirus pandemic gives an overview of the things you should do to help make your work and workplace COVID-secure.

It covers the steps you should take to protect workers and others, in line with your normal legal duties in managing risk and risk assessment at work with specific reference to risk assessment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. An example of a COVID-19 risk assessment is available.

Please note that every employer or self-employed person must complete a risk assessment. If you employ 5 or more people, you must record your significant findings, including:

  • the hazards (things that may cause harm)
  • who might be harmed and how
  • what you are doing to control the risks

The law says you must consult with your workers about reducing risks from coronavirus in your workplace. HSE has produced advice on talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus to assist you with this.

You may have to report occupational exposure of COVID-19. Further details are available at HSE RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19.

Further advice is available from your area Environmental Health Officer:

Food & Safety

Healthy Working Lives offer free, confidential advice to businesses on safety and health issues.

Additional information is available for people and businesses in Scotland at Scottish Government - Coronavirus in Scotland.